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The American Institute of Metaphysics
William A. Lester, Jr., Ph. D., Director
PO Box 158
Jonesboro, GA 30237
Toll Free: 1-800-965-8504

Ex Mysterium, Scientia

Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually described?

Pliny The Elder
[A. D. 23-79]

From the mysteries-- knowledge. This is the motto behind what follows here-- a unique and fascinating series of courses, offered here, and proposed as a thought-provoking, and informative curriculum for Home Study.

I can attach no amount of certainty as to why we are so fervently drawn to the strange, the bizarre and the unknown. Perhaps it is part of our genetic makeup-prescribed in the primordial origins of Man. Perhaps the answer is rather simple in that we seek escape from the sometimes suffocating pressures of daily life in our times. Or is it that we-the collective reality of Human consciousness understand that there is indeed an unseen, barely detectable, but nonetheless tangible article of TRUTH waiting to unfold at the conclusion of this, the ultimate expedition.

Each of these courses pushes the boundaries of the imagination as well as our deepest sense of awe and terror. The topics here permit us to ask the questions to the deeper questions of our existence…Are we alone in the universe? Is there life after death? What is behind the mysteries of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster? What bizarre objects fell from the sky around the towns of Corona, Soccoro and Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947?

These are the kinds of questions that are explored in the various courses that will be detailed in this curriculum. Each of these courses have been carefully researched and designed to inspire and motivate those who have become part of the consciousness reawakening of the 21st century.

Individual Courses are $129.00 each. Discounts are applied for enrolling in more than one course of study. Please (click here) to proceed to our multiple course page if you wish to enroll in more than one course.

The Scholars Program allows the prospective student to enroll in all of the programs of study offered by the Institute. The 8 Programs of Study currently constitute 30 courses, successful completion of which earns the student 150 credit hours.

  • Enroll in The Scholars Program
    $145.00 down with a balance of $1305.00 payment of $72.50 per month for 18 months


Course Listings and Descriptions


Program Objectives

  • Define "close encounters" and demonstrate the distinction between the varieties of this aspect of the phenomena.
  • Site landmark UFO cases and their relevance to our understanding of the UFO phenomena.
  • Understand the role of military and intelligence agencies in the investigation of the UFO phenomena.
  • Identify leading researchers in the field of "Ufology."
  • Explore the political processes that influence news media coverage of the UFO phenomena.
  • Define "missing time" as well as the scientific processes in the investigation of the Alien Abduction phenomena.
  • Examine the physical evidence that suggests the some UFOs are intelligently controlled vehicles of extraterrestrial origin.
  • Discuss the correlation between the presence of alien beings and the development of the major religions.
Course Listings and Descriptions
  • The UFO Phenomena (US 500): Examine the phenomena, from Kenneth Arnold's sighting near Mt. Rainier in 1947 to the present.
  • The Abduction Phenomena (US 501): Investigate the alien abduction scenario, from the famous Betty and Barney Hill case in the 1960s, to the fascinating work of abduction researchers David Jacobs, John Mack and Bud Hopkins.
  • The Roswell Incident (US 502): Explore the mysterious events that occurred in the American Southwest in July of 1947.


Program Objectives

  • Investigate alternative theories about the construction of the pyramids of Egypt.
  • Examine evidence that Earth was colonized by an alien race.
  • Explore the possibility of computer technology used by the ancient Incan and Egyptian cultures.
  • Discover convincing evidence that modern Humans may have been present on the Earth for millions of years.
  • Define "bioplastic coating," and other terminology that lend scientific credence to the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.
  • Apply a non-dogmatic paradigm in the study of the historical Jesus of Nazareth.
  • Consider the evidence that ancient manuscripts site the presence of alien beings in Earth's distant past.
Course Listings and Descriptions
  • Mysteries of Egypt (AM 503): Examine the truth about ancient Egypt, and why it has been withheld for centuries.
  • Ancient Astronauts (AM 504): Study the evidence which suggests that extraterrestrials visited Earth in ancient times and forever influenced the course of Human history.
  • Archaeological Anomalies (AM 505): Research the scores of archaeological finds that may cause the history of the planet to be rewritten.
  • Turin Shroud Studies (AM 517): Examine the evidence which suggests that the Shroud may be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. Consider the impact and implications upon history, theology and archaeology.
  • The Historical Jesus (AM 518): Historical examination designed to separate the Jesus of history from the Jesus of popular Christian mythology.
  • Sitchin Studies (AM 521): Study groundbreaking theories of scholar-historian Zecharia Sitchin.
  • Crucifixion Pathology (AM 528): Explore the forensic aspects of Roman crucifixion, with particular emphasis on how medical evidence reveals information on the Shroud of Turin..


Program Objectives

  • Become familiar with the Crop Circle phenomena and speculate about potential sources of the enigma.
  • Define the terms "supernaturalist," "ghost," "phantoms," "poltergeist," and "ghost lights."
  • List the categories of the ghost phenomena
  • Understand aspects of existence in the spiritual body.
  • Site the basic outline of a Near Death Experience.

Course Listings and Descriptions

  • Crop Circles (PS 506): Discover the mysteries surrounding the anomalous, geometric patterns and shapes left in wheat fields.
  • Ghosts and Hauntings (PS 507): Research phenomena involving haunted houses, apparitions and spirit encounters.
  • Near-Death Experiences (PS 508): Study the evidence that life extends beyond the physical realm.


Program Objectives

  • Define "cryptozoology," and site the origins of the term-both linguistically and in its present usage.
  • Identify Bernard Heuvelmans and the ISC.
  • List the "big three" of cryptozoology.
  • Identify "Neo-giants," "True Giants," and "Merebeings."
  • Become familiar with the history of sea serpents.

Course Listings and Descriptions

  • Introduction to Cryptozoology (CS 509): A course offering a general overview of mysterious animal manifestations like Sasquatch, lake monsters, Chupacabra, and so on.
  • Anomalous Hominids (CS 519): Branch of cryptozoology focusing on the mysterious man-like (Bigfoot, Yeti…) reported worldwide.
  • Aquatic Cryptids (CS 520): Examine the well-documented cases of uncatalogued aquatic "monsters."
  • Flying Humanoids (CS 400): Study historical cases and first-person accounts of encounters with winged hominids




Program Objectives

  • Explore man's dependence on non-Human powers.
  • Recognize that the concepts 'god' and 'demon' are not evenly weighted in the various religions.
  • Identify the basic demon and fairy/faery.
  • Gain insight into the role of the vampire in history, literature and folklore.
  • Identify Loup-garou and other creatures from around the world.
  • Name classic werewolf movies.
  • Site methods for slaying the werewolf.
  • Identify 3 basic phases of demonic attack.

Course Listings and Descriptions

  • Introduction to Demonology/Advanced Demonology (D 510/511): Basic introduction and examination of the discipline followed by an extensive examination into phenomena associated with demonic activity.
  • Vampirology (D 512): Offshoot discipline of demonology dealing specifically with Nosferatu-the undead.
  • Lycanthropy (D 513): Investigate the truth behind the legend of the werewolf.


Program Objectives

  • Examine the best scientific for artifacts of advanced alien life.
  • Discuss why society often avoids research that might reveal the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • Explore the possibility that a meteor strike created a planet-wide mass extinction on Mars.
  • Study NASA reports of water on the Moon.
  • Research the pyramids and structures on Mars, as well as the mysteries of Venus and Mercury.

Course Listings and Descriptions

  • Mysteries of Mars (EA 514): Study the evidence which suggests that the red planet once supported a highly advanced civilization.
  • Lunar Archaeology (EA 515): Examine details of manufactured artifacts on the moon.


Program Objectives

  • Recognize the fundamentals of time travel and teleportation.
  • Investigate the truth of the Philadelphia Experiment.
  • Identify the roles of Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein in the development of time travel theory.
  • Define, 'unified field theory.'
  • Examine secret government time travel experiments.

Course Listings and Descriptions

  • Temporal Sciences(TS 516): Explore the possibility of time travel.
  • Time Travel Theories (TS 525): Examine the various theories of time travel


Program Objectives

  • Evaluate the credibility of the U.S. government.
  • Examine the legality of specific acts carried out by American intelligence agencies.
  • Consider what information any government is obligated to share with its citizens.

Course Listings and Descriptions

  • Kennedy Conspiracy Studies (CPS 522): Examine the evidence that suggests that the Warren Commission report and all other "official" government sanctioned reports endorsing the "lone gunman" and "single bullet" theories are not only false, but part of a far-reaching government deception.
  • MLK Conspiracy Studies (CPS 523): Study compelling data that indicates that the shooting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. involved a plot reaching to the highest levels of our government.
  • The September 11th Conspiracy (CPS 524): Explore the shocking possibility that the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were carried out with the foreknowledge of members of our own government.


Program Objectives

  • Identify the key components and aspects of an international social and political paradigm that incorporates the reality of an extraterrestrial presence on our planet.
  • Examine the various ways by which the human race may effectively and quickly deal with issues that have affected us for more than two thousand years.
  • Consider the spiritual development of the human race and how it relates to current world affairs.
  • Compare and contrast the understanding of human origins and human nature held by ancient people and by us.
  • Define different methods of understanding, experiencing and defining different levels of reality.

Course Listings and Descriptions

  • Human Devolution Studies (MP 526): Examine the possibility that humans devolved down from the spiritual realms.
  • Exopolitical Studies (MP 527): Investigate the possibility that since at least the 1930s every major war and policy decision has been in response to an undisclosed extraterrestrial presence of Earth..


The Institute is now offering an exciting, new certification program.  The program is comprised of two general study courses designed to introduce incoming students to the widest possible array of subjects relevant to the study of Fortean theory.

This course series pays homage to Charles Fort (1874-1932). Fort is considered by many to be the founding father of research into unexplained phenomena.

This program is an excellent opportunity for students contemplating enrollment in our more intensive certification programs, the Scholars Program, or degree programs.

Once enrolled, students will receive, by email, text and assignments in PDF format.
Upon successful completion of both courses, students will be granted the special Fortean Theory Certification.

The tuition rate is $39.98 for an individual course.
The tuition rate for both courses is $72.98.



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