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Bra Hazards, Carpet Circles, Lunar Aliens, and Adam’s Animals

Psychic Vibrations

Robert Sheaffer

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 19.6, November / December 1995

Researchers looking into the causes of breast cancer, a disease tragically common among women in Western countries, may have overlooked the most obvious cause of all: the wearing of bras. So says the husband-and-wife team of Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, whose 1995 book Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (Avery Publishing) is based on their own personal experiences and research. (Scientific studies suggest that the difference in diet between North American and Japanese women accounts for the much-higher breast cancer rates in the former group.) As described in the August 1995 New Age Journal, the book authors’ theory is that “when the breast is chronically restricted by a bra, the lymph system that surrounds it may become blocked — preventing it from carrying out its function of removing toxins from the area, and thus making cancer more likely.” Surveying almost 5,000 women in major cities in the United States, they claim to have found that women who wore their bras so tightly as to cause red marks on their skin, or wore bras more than 12 hours a day, were much more likely to have contracted breast cancer.

Interviewed by the San Jose (California) Metro (July 6, 1995), Singer, a medical anthropologist, mused on the cultural significance of bras in Western society: “They're really invested in wearing bras, women identify with their breasts so much. Can they stop wearing bras if it meant saving their lives?”

A spokesperson for the National Cancer Institute responds: “We look forward to the publication of the Bra and Breast Cancer Study in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, where the study results can be properly evaluated.”

Another leading authority on cancer who recently made her findings known was actress Sharon Stone. She gave a talk to the National Press Club in Washington, titled “A Holistic Approach to the War on Cancer.” She explained how she had cured herself of lymphoma, a particularly virulent type of cancer, by “a lot of positive thinking and a lot of holistic healing,” and most especially by staying away from coffee. “When I stopped drinking coffee, ten days later, I had no tumors in any of my lymph glands,” the actress reported. However, Richard Carlson, the president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who was listening to her talk with great incredulity, writes (The Washington Post, July 2, 1995) that Stone’s publicist later admitted that the actress never had cancer, which makes one wonder why in the world Stone was giving this talk in the first place, and why she was given this forum.

The Dean of UFO skeptics, Philip J. Klass, reports in his Skeptics UFO Newsletter that Joe Barron, MUFON’s (Mutual UFO Network) chief investigator for the UFO “hot zones” of Gulf Breeze, and Pensacola, Florida, allegedly has discovered a new UFO landing strip: the carpet inside his house. Barron reports discovering two mysterious 7-inch-diameter indentations in his carpet (Is this the first report of carpet circles?) after having heard a very loud noise. Three more identical rings were found in another room. Barron concluded that “as a result of the loud noise, and finding the rings, contact was established with me by some entity which, at this moment, is a mystery to me.”

Klass also reports that UFO lecturer Robert Dean told an enthusiastic audience at last year’s UFO conference in Pensacola, Florida, that "there are aliens mining the moon. They have bases on the moon.” Not one, but four different alien species are operating on our moon, he says, and one species looks exactly like earthlings. “All of our astronauts know it, and many of them are having nervous breakdowns,” according to Dean. In fact, Dean says, the reason that NASA ended its program of manned lunar flight is that “we were told to get off the moon and stay off.”

Meanwhile, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) in El Cahon, California, continues its vigorous research into the mysteries of what it calls “creation science.” The July 1995 issue of its publication Acts and Facts sets forth the findings of Jack Cuozzo, “an orthodontist who has become an expert in the dental, facial, and cranial characteristics of Neanderthal man.” Traveling all around the world to study Neanderthal skulls, Cuozzo claims to have found much evidence that evolutionist scholars and museum curators have manipulated Neanderthal remains to make them appear far more apelike than they actually are. For example, Cuozzo charges that evolutionists allegedly physically manipulate and depict these skulls with their jaws dislocated and the teeth pushed forward to make them look apelike, when, according to Cuozzo, in reality the Neanderthal man’s skull differs little from yours or mine. Explains the publication: "ICR has long held that these people [Neanderthals] were a language group who migrated away from the Tower of Babel. They found themselves in harsh Ice Age circumstances and some were forced to live in caves. Poor nutrition and disease, as well as inbreeding, resulted in characteristics we now call Neanderthaloid.” However, these hardships do not seem to have taken too heavy a toll on the group. Says ICR: "Many of these features, heavy brow ridge, teeth crowding forward, deterioration of the chin, excessive wear on the teeth, are features of very old individuals. And why not? The Bible says that in the days soon after Noah’s Flood, people still lived several hundred years. Cuozzo postulates that many of the classic Neanderthal skeletons were the remains of very old men and women.” It is not known whether the practice of poor nutrition, inbreeding, and living in caves might allow modern humans to live as long.

In that same issue of Acts and Facts, William J. Spear, Jr. addresses the problem “Could Adam Really Name All Those Animals?” Some readers may not have realized that this presents a problem, but the ever-vigilant scholars of creation science are constantly testing and refining their hypotheses. According to Genesis 2:19-21, God paraded all of the earth’s animals and birds before Adam, who gave names to each kind. Adam, however, at this time was only a few hours old (the "days” of creation being interpreted literally by the ICR as 24-hour days), and hence he may have been barely able to walk and talk. He needed not to merely name all of the various species (at least those visible to the naked eye) in one single day, but he also had to set aside some time to be anesthetized for the extraction of his rib so that Eve could be created. In that day there were tens of thousands of species of animals to be named, with only 86,400 seconds to do it, and the number of now-extinct species living before the Flood must have been truly overwhelming. Adam would have been naming not only mammals and birds, but all of the dinosaurs as well, who were created at the same time as the other animals. Clearly, the task borders on the impossible, even for an unfallen man.

One theory of Adam’s success in naming animal species is that Adam was created, according to Spear, “preinformed or preprogrammed with knowledge essential not only to his own survival, but also to carrying out his Creator’s multiple purposes.” However, this hypothesis seems to take away from Adam’s free will (and while Spear does not mention it, given that Adam later sinned, it does not seem a good idea to implicate the Creator too strongly as the author of Adam’s thoughts). Another theory, said Spear, is that, since “humans today utilize only 10-20 percent of our brain’s capacity, Adam may have been able to utilize what he did know much more rapidly and with greater acuity than we can.” That is, Adam’s brain was operating at much closer to 100 percent. However, Spear’s preferred theory is that God may have used a sort of “virtual reality” (VR) to speed up the process, since this unfallen man had an untarnished and direct mental perception of the deity. So God may have used the divinity-to-humanity communication link that has since been nearly severed to present speeded-up images in Adam’s mind of animals parading before him, waiting to be named. This would seem logical, since a tremendous amount of precious time would otherwise be wasted waiting for snails, slugs, and tortoises to slowly go lumbering past. Spear concludes: "Because Adam named the animals before the Fall, his recollection was crystal clear, accurate, and voluminous. It may have even been like VR in the sense that Adam could see, smell, feel, and hear the creatures within his memory. At any rate, it may have felt as if it were immediate knowledge rather than knowledge mediated by God at Creation. Adam’s memory would be able to tell no difference.”

Robert Sheaffer

Robert Sheaffer's "Psychic Vibrations" column has appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer for the past thirty years. He is also author of UFO Sightings: The Evidence (Prometheus 1998). He blogs at