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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

4 - How Scientific Reasoning Differs from Other Reasoning

from Part II

Summary

In the early 1950s, a group called the Seekers formed in a suburb of Chicago, based on the belief that they were receiving messages from a greater intelligence through a process called “automatic writing.” Automatic writing occurred when a medium (in this case, a woman named Dorothy Martin) entered a trance-like state that allowed her to write out channeled messages from a greater being called Sananda. Martin’s hand would basically take on a mind of its own and messages from Sananda would come forth on paper. An entire belief construct was derived from these messages, including an understanding that they were coming from a faraway planet named Clarion and that UFOs from Clarion were frequently visiting Earth.