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Fortean Times is a monthly magazine of news, reviews and research on strange phenomena and experiences, curiosities, prodigies and portents. It was founded by Bob Rickard in 1973 to continue the work of Charles Fort (1874-1932). Born of Dutch stock in Albany, New York, Fort spent many years researching scientific literature in the New York Public Library and the British Museum Library. He marshalled his evidence and set forth his philosophy in The Book of the Damned (1919), New Lands (1923), Lo (1931), and Wild Talents (1932). He was sceptical of scientific explanations, observing how scientists argued according to their own beliefs rather than the rules of evidence and that inconvenient data was ignored, suppressed, discredited or explained away. He criticised modern science for its reductionism, its attempts to define, divide and separate. Fort's dictum "One measures a circle beginning anywhere" expresses instead his philosophy of Continuity in which everything is in an intermediate and transient state between extremes.
In this issue: PROTECT AND SURVIVE: ANDY PACIOREK explores some of the strands of small-screen fear that shaped British television’s 1980s obsession with nuclear Armageddon and post-apocalyptic survival RAISING CHILDREN: PART TWO BOB RICKARD concludes his survey of tales concerning the levitation and teleportation of children, examining the links between such supernatural ‘transportations’ and outbreaks of poltergeist phenomena, which are so often reported to be centred on young people.