Jul 02, 2010 I Micah Hanks

The Curious Case of the SLIders

You're strolling home from a late dinner with friends, and as you cross the street and begin walking along the sidewalk that carries you the next few blocks to your home, a familiar chain of events begins to occur.

In anticipation of the sudden apprehension that emerges as you pass beneath street lights which, inexplicably, black out as you walk beneath them, you feel a slight chill. You're also concerned about there being less light to guide your path along an otherwise dark street, but there seems to be no way to prevent the curious and inexplicable way in which you cause street lights directly above you to malfunction.

SLI, or Street Light Interference, is one of the most often overlooked--albeit one of the strangest--purported phenomenon in the modern era. Recently, I received a copy of Hillary Evans' new book SLIders: The Enigma of Streetlight Interference, new from Anomalist Books. One considered an urban legend, nowadays more and more people have begun to acknowledge that, indeed, some individuals appear to have a propensity for knocking out streetlights, and even influencing other electronic devices with some (perhaps unknown) biological function.

A self-proclaimed bibliophile, Evans has spent decades studying strange phenomenon around the world, and has held positions as wide and varied as a policeman in Palestine to a twice Council Member of the Society for Psychical Research. "Though trivial at first glance," the author notes, "closer study shows SLI to be a complex process, rich in paradoxes and contradictions. If true, however, the claims carry profound and exciting implications for science and for our knowledge of human potential." Is there truly some strange power to influence electrical devices that some humans wield? If so, what may be the reception given it by the mainstream scientific community, or will it instead be shunned, only to continue finding best recognition from the camps of folklore and urban legends?

Evans' book seeks to demystify this lesser-known of Fortean subjects, and his book delves into the best treatment the subject had been afforded yet. For more information about SLIders, follow the link below:

SLIDERS: The Enigma of Streetlight Interference

Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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