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I know we don't discuss (admitted) fiction much here but this reminds me of something. Dean Koontz wrote a book called "Odd Thomas" and it became a series and it is good. But, that's not what I'm writing about (Koontz runs me nuts because he is talented but lazy with stock chara..Oh, sorry that's for a book forum) Ahem, anyway in this particular story (and the first one was before I had heard about shadow people) there are some bad or negative entities that show up right before a disaster. They feed off negative energy. He doens't call them shadow people but the way he describes them sure sounds like shadow people. Anyway, if you want a quick entertaining read and you pick the first book up you will see what I mean.
What would you do in order to communicate with a shadow being if you thought one was near?
What would you want to communicate? What questions would you ask?
I'm sure readers of the forum have thought a bit about this in relationship to potential contact with non-human intelligences in the form of aliens or visitors. I guess shadow beings qualify. I'm curious as to what others think appropriate questions might be for non-human intelligences in general and how you would judge the veracity of any answers you might receive. Also, once you have the answers to these questions, how would the information be made useful?
My question would be: Holy shit, you exist?
after I cleaned out my britches, that's probably what I'd say, too.
The paranormal/fortean realm is really interesting, and almost endlessly intriguing-----until it happens to you. (At least in my personal experience) Then, it scares the crap out of you.
The question is: would we Humans be able to recognize another intelligent being as such? The only manifestations of intellect come from Mankind's framework of reference. Our behavior and even our cognitive processes are based in a mirror principle, in immitation and reaction to other people's physical and linguistic expression. A being with a different appearance and means of expression would probably seem so distant from our communicational abilities as a wolf or a shark.Lots of people claim they are in contact with non-human intelligences. IF a person found themselves in such a situation what would be the intelligent things to ask such a thing? Certainly questions like Who are you? Where are you from? What do you want? are as obvious as they are problematic.
These shadow figures/shapes are quite interesting are they part of our mind playing tricks or real encounters with a parallel worlds which these shadows press against when people see them? How can they make sounds if they are our minds playing tricks?