This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we lead off with a Halloween-themed news segment that looks at a pair of real “monsters” of nature, as well as a strange (and scary-looking) creature from Madagascar that locals call “cursed,” and which has been keeping a remarkable secret. Also, we have the fright-inducing news about what constant exposure to blue light might actually be doing to us.

Then for our “Unidentified October” segment, we begin with a look at the news about Tom Delonge’s To The Stars Academy’s recent contract agreement with the U.S. Army, and what that means. We’re also joined for a segment by author M.J. Banias, a writer for VICE and author of the book The UFO People. M.J. is a history teacher who offers both a historical and philosophical perspective on the UFO subject, as well as people’s belief systems pertaining to it. You can learn more about M.J. at his blog Terra Obscura.

Then in the final half of the show, we continue our study of famous monsters of the horror genre with a look at one of the most famous horror novels of all time, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which has frightened readers and inspired countless versions and spinoffs in film and other media. However, the message behind the story and its misguided protagonist, Victor Frankenstein–a man who attempted to “play God” with terrible consequences–remains as strong today. Especially as we look at news like that of scientists who may be growing sentient brain matter in the laboratory… at one point should we say that such experiments have gone too far?

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Micah Hanks

Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at info@micahhanks.com.

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