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Pre-millennial Tension & Inexplicable Phenomena'

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@get2net.dk>
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 01:23:44 GMT
Fwd Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:05:33 -0400
Subject: Pre-millennial Tension & Inexplicable Phenomena'





BBC News Online: UK

Saturday, April 24, 1999 Published at 15:30 GMT 16:30 UK

Millennium madness comes to UK


Poltergeists, UFOs and other unexplained phenomena are on the
increase because of "pre millennial tension", according to
experts who are meeting this weekend.

The Fortean Times, the journal of the unexplained, holds its
"unconvention" at the Commonwealth Institute in London and
expects 14,000 people to come along over the two days.

The convention, dubbed Monsters, Madness and the Millennium, is
believed to be the world's biggest gathering of experts in
unexplained phenomena.

Experts say that, with only eight months to go before the
millennium, reports of strange phenomena from around the world
are on the increase.

The phrase pre millennial tension - or PMT - has been coined to
describe the stress many people are experiencing in the run up
to the year 2000.

Apocalypse now?

Many normally rational people are convinced the world will come
to an end on the millennium.

A member of one of these apocalypse cults is Carlos Roa, the
Argentinian national side's goalkeeper, who has refused to
discuss a new contract with his team, Real Mallorca, because he
says the world is coming to an end.

Daniel Wojcik, an associate professor of folklore at the
University of Oregon, is one of the speakers at the convention.

Mr Wojcik, who has written a book The End of The World As We
Know It, says mankind has always been fascinated with worldly
destruction and odd phenomena.

He told BBC News Online: "The approach of a new millennium has
increased the number of people who believe in a coming

'Apocalyptic fears are widespread'

Mr Wojcik says opinion polls in the United States suggest
somewhere between 20 and 40% of the population believe
Armageddon is imminent.

He says: "There is nothing in the Bible about the world ending
in the year 2000 but these ideas have grown up as a sort of folk

Mr Wojcik says there is an interesting dichotomy in that many
millennialists blamed technology and industrial progress but
promulgated their ideas through the Internet.

He says: "Millennialists are not all the same. There are many
different strands of belief.

"Some are very passive and are simply waiting for the return of
the Messiah while others are more aggressive militia groups who
feel they have to do something to bring about Armageddon."

Mass suicides could rise

He says cults such as the Branch Davidians and Heaven's Gate may
have been influenced by millennialist ideas.

But he says: "The millennium is not going to be as violent as
some people think, with mass suicides and such like. But we can
expect to see this sort of stuff on the increase."

Other speakers include Damian Thompson, who will explain the
significance of the millennium and Tony Healy, who has spent
years searching for Australia's answer to the Yeti, the Yowie.

Emmett Sweeney, a self-styled alternative Egyptologist, will
give an intriguing talk entitled Escape from Armageddon: The
True Secret of the Pyramids.

Sunday's speakers include Jan Bondeson, an experts on mythical
creatures such as basilisks and mermaids and Sergio della Sala,
who will explain the "myths of the mind".

Relevant Stories:

*Weird weekend  (24 Apr 99 | UK)
*Crop circle fans caught by the Net  (20 Nov 98 | UK)
*Himalayan climber's abominable sighting  (17 Oct 98 | South Asia)
*UFOs mystify scientists  (01 Jul 98 | Sci/Tech)
*The call of the weird  (25 Apr 98 | UK)

Internet Links:

*The Fortean Times
*Society for Psychical Research
*Koestler Parapsychology Unit

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