CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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Found 10 posts tagged ‘Charles Fort’

December 16, 2020 (permalink)

"The Sickle of Leo, from which come the Leonids, gleams like a great question-mark in the sky.  The answer— But God knows what the answer to anything is.  Perhaps it is that the stars are very close indeed."
—Charles Fort, New Lands

> read more from Semicolon Moons . . .
#vintage illustration #constellation #lion #sickle #Charles Fort #leo
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June 17, 2020 (permalink)

From L'Eclipse, 1873.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #umbrella #frog #Charles Fort #raining frogs
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April 21, 2017 (permalink)

Here's one of the only legitimate things we've enountered in vintage issues of Popular Mechanics, and it's only because they stole a page from the great Charles Fort.  "Queer things that fall from the sky" was a topic Fort studied in tremendous depth.  From 1930, two years before Fort's death
> read more from Yesterday's Weather . . .
#vintage illustration #art #vintage headline #fortean #Charles Fort #raining fish
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July 10, 2015 (permalink)

"People with a psychological need to believe in marvels are no more prejudiced and gullible than people with a psychological need not to believe in marvels." —the great Charles Fort, whose legacy is examined over at The Secret Sun.

> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#skepticism #Charles Fort #gullible
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December 5, 2012 (permalink)

This precursor to the great Charles Fort (complete with a shower of frogs) appears in Punch, 1867.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage #dream #frogs #gooseberry #fortean #Charles Fort
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December 27, 2010 (permalink)

"'Science is systematized and formulated knowledge.'  Then anybody who has systematized and formulated knowledge enough to appear, on time, at the breakfast table, is, to that degree, a scientist.  There are scientific dogs.  Most of them have a great deal of systematized and formulated knowledge.  Cats and rabbits and all those irritating South American rodents that were discovered by cross-word puzzle-makers are scientists.  A magnet scientifically picks out and classifies iron filings from a mass of various materials.  Science does not exist, as a distinguishable entity."
—Charles Fort, Wild Talents
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#science #Charles Fort
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December 20, 2010 (permalink)

"Of course, in our acceptance, the Irish are the Chosen People.  It's because they are characteristically best in accord with the underlying essence of quasi-existence."
—Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned (1919)
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#Charles Fort #irish
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September 16, 2010 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

"Science is a turtle that says that its own shell encloses all things." —Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned

> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#turtle #fortean #Charles Fort #big science #anomaly #heresy #book of the damned
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September 4, 2010 (permalink)

"Every conversation is a conflict of missionaries, each trying to convert the other, to assimilate, or to make the other similar to himself.  If no progress be made, mutual repulsion will follow."
—Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#conversation #Charles Fort
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August 22, 2010 (permalink)

Is modern science even more bewildered than religion?  Here's Charles Fort's incisive take:

The position today of what is said to be the science of physics is so desperate, and so confused, that its exponents are trying to incorporate into one system both former principles and the denial of them.  Even in the anaemia and frazzle of religion, today, there is no worse state of desperation, or decomposition.  The attempt to take the principle of uncertainty—or the principle of unprincipledness—into science is about the same as would be an attempt by theologians to preach the word of God, and also include atheism in their doctrines.  (Wild Talents)
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#Charles Fort #uncertainty
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