Sunday, November 12, 2017

Facing a Global Near-Death Experience


While I was writing The Millennium Myth (1995), I got tired of recording dates for all the predictions of when the world was supposed to end.  Doomsday was regularly announced as imminent, but the doomsayers didn’t know what they were talking about.

But by 2017 something uncanny had happened.  It now appears that there are several global trends, all gaining momentum, which clearly point to a coming disaster of unprecedented proportions.  All these trends are the result of what human beings have done, are, as they say, anthropogenic.   

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Doing the Impossible With the Right Partner

I turned the radio on at the tail-end of the NPR interview, and heard the voice of Byron Janis, renown pianist, and author with his wife, Maria Cooper Janis, of a book with a very unusual title: Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal.  This is a book I recommend as providing a rare glimpse into the surprising connections between creativity, partnership, and the paranormal. Here’s a statement from a chapter called “Paranormal High Jinks,” which  covers such topics as table-tilting. Byron Janis writes: “I generally seem to be able to activate tables quite quickly, and this one came to life within a couple of minutes.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Case For a Real Superman

The Case for a Real Superman

Popular culture is a mirror of the collective unconscious.  My interest lies in super-heroes—in Superman and Superwoman.  My imagination longs for transcendence, sensing the intoxicating lure of the beyond.  In traditional societies, we find tales of the heroic and supernatural, the cult of heroes, the veneration of saints, the honoring of gurus and prophets—all people alleged, in some way, to transcend—to escape the limits of ordinary physical and mental reality.   

So how did we get from living tradition to Hollywood and comic book ideas of superhumanity?  It’s a long story, but science and its materialist assumptions have come to possess the mind of our economically advanced societies.  Besides turning us into consumers, the official truth dispensers frown upon anything that smells of the supernatural, the supernormal, or the superphysical.  Sympathy or credence regarding such claims is forbidden.  Dissed by reductive science, the repressed ideas of super-humanity return through the outlets of popular culture.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Supernatural Incident in the Vietnam War


I was told this by a police officer from Clifton, New Jersey, in 1983, and we made a written record of his experience.  In 1968, Celestino V. was stationed at a base in Bien Hoa, 15 miles north of Saigon, with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Located on the plains of the Mekong Delta and flanked by native villages.

One night in February the air raid siren went off while Celestino was asleep in the barracks.  The base was under rocket attack and all personnel had to take shelter in the adjacent bunkers. Celestino got down behind a reinforced partition just outside the entrance to the bunker.

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