From shower curtains to tin foil hats. Here’s a post at earthpages.ca that takes a look at paranoia without lobotomizing the upper half of possibilities, as most ‘learned’ discourses do.
Today’s tweeted article is interesting. It’s written by a Swedenborgian believer who recognizes the critique about aliens but still believes because he has “seen enough” to do so.
His account reminds me of believers in other faith groups. For example, some Catholics sense a joyous, uplifting feeling at the Mass, so assume this means that everything the Catholic Church teaches must be true.
Some Hindus undergo an expansion of consciousness when they perform puja, so assume that everything their branch of Hinduism teaches is true.
Likewise, some Jews may experience a spiritual solidity or centering in temple so assume that everything their form of Judaism teaches is true.
And the list goes on, from sweat lodges to tin foil hats. Some believers feel a buzz (or lack of) so assume their experience “proves” their underlying belief system is entirely true.
To me, this is fundamentalism. Fundamentalism in any form usually leads to division or, on the other hand, political correctness where nobody talks about anything, preferring to gloss over differences and issues where people might get hurt.
Notice my use of the word “some.” It not only avoids problems but is fair. Not every religious person is a fundamentalist. And some people assume that all religious people are fundamentalists, which itself is unfair and misguided.
But to return to our Swedenborgian believer: Looking through the tweeted article we find his response to the critique of Swedenborg and aliens. There he seems to overlook the possibility (again, I’ve touched on this elsewhere) that Swedenborg may have picked up a type of ET (or ETs) that our modern science cannot detect—that is, other lifeforms not based on (what we often assume are) the universal building blocks of life.
Perhaps Swedenborg’s mind translated these realities in terms that he and others in his era could understand. So Swedenborg writes about “wooden buildings” and “tents” on the planet Jupiter.
By way of comparison, the Old Testament has a primitive view of the Earth. It’s way off by modern standards. But that doesn’t mean that everything the Bible teaches is false.
I’m not a Swedenborgian and the spiritual feeling I sense from that belief system is certainly not my cup of tea. But I try to keep an open mind. As the old saying goes, one person’s meat is another’s poison.
Ms Kapiteli said her mother’s eggs had been harvested while she was sleeping, and fused with those of an alien – leaving Ms Kapiteli’s genes spliced with extraterrestrial DNA.
Call me a nut if that makes you feel better, but I think it’s entirely possible that some sensitive persons might intuitively connect with ETs. There’s just so many planets out there. To assume that Earth is the only place where intelligent life exists is, well, just that. An assumption.
Problem is, we think we’re smart with our 4K TVs, smartphones and information wars. But compared to what could be out there, our intelligence is probably quite limited. So even if some of us were to intuitively connect with other, ET minds, chances are we’d drastically misinterpret the whole event. That’s why I tend to doubt most ET hunters who anthropomorphize their understanding of ETs. The drawings, canned photos, etc. always seem to reflect nothing more than imaginative extrapolations of current tech and trends in artistic design. Same thing with sci-fi movies. Watch an old 70s sci-fi film or TV show and what do we see? We see the 1970s. Not much more.
Now, I am not saying this woman is not part ET. I cannot know. But my suspicion is that she’s had some unconventional experiences which she’s interpreted a certain way, a way that conforms to current understandings of how things work. It is much harder to imagine someone simply piercing through space-time, without any high tech intervention, and connecting with an ET light years away. But honestly, I think that could happen. A kind of psychic, “wormhole” connection. Not a genetic splicing or chip implant, as others seem to believe.
However, our culture generally does not believe in psychic phenomena or aliens. And we cannot create or control bona fide wormholes on demand. So a genetic meddling or microchip implant theory makes more “sense” to most UFO and ET enthusiasts. It might also be an easier sell for hucksters.
Mind you, not all folks interested in ETs and UFOs succumb to heavy-handed anthropomorphism. There are some who see it as pure psi. And perhaps both scenarios are true. For all we know little gray/green men and women with big, black eyes are in close proximity. They could be hiding in a pocket of space-time and also forging psychic connections with sensitive persons. And yes, it is conceivable that they could be intrusively engineering these things.
Point is, we just don’t know. So I ask, why doesn’t Lea Kapiteli get a DNA test and settle the matter? Even if the results were negative, she still might be in touch with an intelligence beyond herself. Just not the way she thinks.
Every morning I go through the news in specific categories. I tweet stories that I feel are important because they are often overlooked on the front page. I often react to the stories and would like to comment. But I don’t always have time. So today I thought I’d list some of the top tweets. There are more, listed at right column.
This morning I came across two tweets that demanded commentary. This is my second podcast. I feel the actual delivery is a bit better than the first but technically, the sound quality is a tiny bit over-driven. If I were an electric guitar that would be okay. But next time I’ll bring the levels down a touch. For years I recorded using analog tape decks, and with those it’s desirable to have the meters go in the red a bit. The sound gets nicely saturated. But with digital recording, it gets clipped. Luckily, the clipping in this recording is acceptable. And one can hear what I’m saying just fine. 🙂
For references about Jung in the podcast, follow this link:
- Synchronicity is “not sought at all but found” – Footote 2, pp. 94-95
- Jung doesn’t know if UFO acounts are true or false – Footnote 2, p. 87
Back in the 80s David Bowie’s song, “Loving the Alien” anticipated an idea which would become more mainstream with the proliferation of specialty TV and radio channels: Would it be possible for a human being to fall in love with an alien?
Today’s hot question again reflects pop culture and recent tech. Aliens are old hat. But computers, well, that’s a whole new vista. We’re seeing a lot more stories about the possibility of artificial intelligence possessing actual consciousness. And sci-fi movies and novels about human beings and machines falling in love are on the rise.
Whether or not AI really possesses consciousness is something we may never know. One could say that AI is just organized energy. And so are we. Therefore both have consciousness created by our respective degrees of energy organization.
Others, usually religious people, insist we have souls but machines do not. And the soul, they say, is the true center of consciousness. So soulless machines simply mimic consciousness.
But how do these religious believers know that God would not bestow souls on machines?
Can religious traditionalists be 100% sure?
If we look into the human body, it really is an electro-chemical apparatus. Those nerve impulses scientists are always talking about, well, they are transmitted through electrical changes within the body.
So fear not. If you happen to be falling in love with your computer or talking car, you just might not be a social misfit compensating through imaginary love. And even if we never know for sure, the future no doubt will see closer links among men, women, and machines.
Before we paid extra dollars to get unlimited internet bandwidth (telecommunications prices are unduly expensive in Canada) I watched the ISS live feed* often. There’s a forum there where you can talk to others watching the world spin, which can be a fun and educational way to pass the time. A cheap trip to space too, if you have half an imagination!
Ironically, I watch the feed less now that we have unlimited internet. But I still have been checking it out in short bursts over the past 5 weeks. And it seems that the feed’s reliability has suffered dramatically—UFO or not.
So, to those conspiracy theorists who say that the ISS feed was intentionally cut because of a UFO sighting: I think that’s rubbish. Most of the time it seems that the astronauts on board the ISS are so busy that they haven’t a clue if the feed is working or not. And they regularly cut transmission if they need to route power for something going on within the ISS. Remember, they don’t have a wall outlet for practically limitless power, like we do.
Okay, but did NASA (on Earth) cut the feed? Always possible but again, as I say, over the past 5 weeks the feed hasn’t been working most of the times that I’ve visited. And it’s not due to a spotty internet connection because we’re now using a fast and reliable provider. So those who say NASA cut the feed should look at the statistics. If 50% of the time the thing’s not working, it’s spurious to say that another outage (when there happens to be a UFO in sight) was intentional.
The conspiracy theorists also seem to assume that rows of individuals at the NASA control center are keenly watching the ISS feed, like in the old Apollo days. But whenever I’ve seen a shot of the NASA control room on Earth, it looks like there’s a person, maybe two, sort of passing the time in a largely abandoned, half darkened room, maybe eating some potato chips… hardly sitting there just waiting to hit the CUT button for any UFO footage.— MC
* There are actually two feeds that enthusiasts flip back and forth between. Here’s the second one: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload/pop-out