Articles by Alex Burns

[continues from Part 1] Into the Pandemonium In 1975, Sarfatti co-founded the legendary Physics-Consciousness Research Group with Esalen Institute’s Michael Murphy, funded by EST guru Werner Erhard. Murphy was investigating revelations of the USSR’s intensive parapsychological…


[disinfo ed.’s note: this original essay was first published by disinformation on January 28, 2001. Some links may have changed.] Author’s note: This interview was originally published in 21.C magazine (4/1996, The…



Disinfo.com editor’s note: This classic report by former editor Alex Burns was originally published on this site on Aug. 13, 2002. Some external links may have changed. In a now infamous 1961…



York University anthropologist Sam Dunn has found a communication strategy to reach a broader audience than many academics and scholars. Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2005) combined Dunn’s fandom of heavy metal music,…



Devo‘s first Melbourne performance in 25 years was ‘a dream come true’ cofounder Mark Mothersbaugh told the audience – in falsetto – as Booji Boy during the finale ‘Beautiful World’. Most of…


Randy Nails‘ documentary Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero (2008) screened as a ‘work in progress’ at the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival. The documentary charts Romero‘s evolution…


Disinfo ally Roy Christopher storms the reality studio with the grimoires you must read in Summer 2008. Contributions include Disinformation’s publisher Gary Baddeley and alumnus Richard Metzger & Alex Burns; neuronauts/occulture chroniclers…





Slate‘s Fred Kaplan surveys the likely situation for the winner of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. Iraq’s presidential council has vetoed a law that called for provincial elections in October 2008. The…


‘Shares of Google are down 5 percent today, adding to a slide of more than 35 percent since the stock traded above $700 in early December. ‘The growing fear is that even…


‘Given the economic headwinds, one would think that a retailer catering to lower-end consumers would be doubly slammed. As the subprime-mortage mess shows, people at the bottom of the income ladder are…


‘While sales within America’s multibillion dollar book marketplace stagnate – Harry Potter excepted – the once somewhat disrespected world of self-publishing is blossoming. ‘A slew of companies are now bundling together internet-based…



‘Federal Communications Commission members are encouraging more diverse content on the airwaves, minority ownership of commercial broadcast outlets and requirements for locally oriented programming. But with the Internet and niche communications, are…


‘Credit Barack Obama. He’s said that his view of the presidency doesn’t allow for those powers. But credit him, too, for building a far more powerful cult that Bush was able to…



Harvard’s Samantha Power put genocide on the geostrategic map as a major “wicked problem” for the international community, well before Darfur. Paul Berman‘s fine review of Power’s new book Chasing the Flame:…


‘And that it should end so ingloriously! No fighting to the last man at the battlements, no martyr’s surrender to an assassin’s bullet, only a creaking, shuffling exit through the ward’s doors,…



‘In a move to achieve economic advantage over global competitors, in the past two years Chancellor Angela Merkel has brought science and research to the top of Germany’s economic agenda. The result…