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  1. Gene Steinberg

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    THE PARACAST NEWSLETTER
    April 16, 2017
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    Researcher Stan Gordon Discusses Anomalous Events in Pennsylvania on The Paracast

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    This Week's Episode: Gene and Chris present long-time researcher Stan Gordon, who tells us that he had a busy 2016 investigating sightings of UFOs, Bigfoot and Crypids in Pennsylvania. Says Stan: “Since I began researching and documenting such oddities from across Pennsylvania in 1959 as a curious ten year old boy, many thousands of mysterious incidents have continued to be reported, and such cases occur annually.” He maintains that, “UFO sightings and other strange encounters reported each year that can’t be so easily dismissed,” and you’ll hear about some of the most compelling anomalous reports during this episode.

    Chris O’Brien’s Site: Our Strange Planet

    Stan Gordon’s Site: Stan Gordon's UFO Anomalies Zone

    After The Paracast -- Available exclusively to Paracast+ subscribers on April 16: After listening to researcher Stan Gordon talk about spending nearly six decades studying anomalous events in Pennsylvania, does Chris miss the time he spent investigating similar occurrences in the Mysterious Valley? Chris talks about the years he spent as a field investigator, doing in-person research yet still juggling gigs as a construction worker and a musician. Despite all the online tools that are meant to make research easier nowadays, Chris emphasizes the importance of on-site research to get to the bottom of a case. Gene and Chris briefly discuss how some of the hardest working researchers, such as Richard Hall and John Keel, died poverty-stricken.

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    In Search of New Ideas
    By Gene Steinberg

    You’ve heard this one: A classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. Or maybe you should just try harder the next time, and it’ll all come together one of these days.

    Now in the world of the paranormal, researchers often specialize. So you have those who chase after flying saucers, usually maintaining that the anomalous flying disks are spaceships from other planets. Ghost hunters generally assume that the mysterious apparitions that people report represent dead people who may be stuck in an abyss or way-station between our world and their final “reward.” When it comes to reports of strange creatures, such as Bigfoot, they appear to involve beings who quite possibly represent an unknown species that science has yet to take seriously.

    Sometimes researchers decide to take on several categories of unusual phenomena. But each is still regarded separately; that is, until it appears as if people who report one sort of anomalous encounter may have other experiences supposedly involving other categories of the strange and unknown.

    Can any of this eventually come together? Is it possible that supposedly different types of strange phenomena may have a single cause, even though they appear to be different? Is that even possible?

    In last week’s newsletter, I posited something hardly unique, but nonetheless intriguing, about a “unified field theory,” suggesting that such phenomena has essentially a single cause, involving alternate dimensions, or realities, the so-called multiverse. The source of such events is not here, it’s not in the afterlife. Instead, it may involve another reality whose presence on occasion spills over into our reality. Or maybe our reality occasionally spills over into theirs. Maybe it’s just a combination of these and other possibilities.

    Now I suppose putting everything in one basket is a convenient way to attempt to explain the unexplainable. Maybe it’s all about advanced physics, such as quantum mechanics, and it makes sense that we can barely understand the cause and the effect of the interactions between all those multiple universes.

    On the other hand, even if some of these mysteries involve malleable realities, it may not explain everything. So some flying saucers may indeed come from other worlds, and as scientists discover more and more planets with surface conditions that may allow for life as we know it, it’s only logical. If there are countless numbers of life-bearing worlds in our universe — and I haven’t even considered other universes — it stands to reason advanced civilizations may have developed on some of them.

    If there are advanced civilizations, some — and some is relative when you consider billions and billions of planets containing life — may have developed the means to travel from one star system to another. Whether it’s done by bending warps, crossing wormholes, making side voyages into other realities, or taking voyages that take centuries to complete, the possibility that ET is here seems plausible.

    Then again, if a civilization is many thousands of years ahead of us, we could not begin to comprehend the evidence of their technology. To quote the old cliche, it may all come across as manifestations of magic. There are many sci-fi stories about beings that evolve to a point where they transcend their physical forms and morph into pure energy. They can manipulate reality in any way they want, from taking instant journeys from one galaxy to another, to appearing in more mundane forms that we can understand and accept.

    Consider the mischievous “Q,” an advanced reality-bending alien that appeared occasionally on the “Star Trek: The Next Generation" TV show. In the world of comic books, we have such reality-bending beings as “Mister Mxyzptlk” or “Music Meister.” It may just be that the former influenced “Q” to some degree, except that “Q” can’t be sent home by saying or spelling his name backwards. Or maybe the script writers didn’t consider that possibility.

    On the other hand, what about those who are practitioners of magic, not the David Copperfield variety, but who actually recite or invoke spells that are meant to manipulate our reality. It may involve sending good or bad vibes, or it could have a more meaningful impact.

    Maybe it’s a cultural phenomenon, but magic has been the focus of several TV shows. In ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” fairy tale characters travel from the Enchanted Forest to our reality via a magic spell. These spells are invoked by reciting ritualistic language, mixing the appropriate herbs and other substances, or by a mere flick of one’s hands. Similar ideas took on a more modern feel in “Grimm,” which recently ended its run on NBC. There’s also a show about budding adepts, “The Magicians,” based on a series of novels, which was recently renewed for its third season on the SyFy channel.

    And let’s not forget “Star Wars,” and “The Force,” a form of universal energy that has both a light and a dark side, and affords the practitioner the ability to perform such acts as making objects move, controlling minds, psychometry, mastering the light saber, and even the ability to kill someone by mere force of will.

    But are such feats at all possible in our real world? Are there forces at work that appear to violate the known laws of physics?

    When it comes to our belief in life after death, no doubt there is a high degree of faith involved even before you consider life-after-death and near-death reports. It’s natural not to want everything to end when you die, so if there’s the possibility that your soul or consciousness continues to exist after the physical body expires, there’s reason to be hopeful that you have a future, that your soul is immortal.

    Are such experiences really about survival after the body dies? Or are there other factors at work? When you see the ghost of your maternal grandmother in the home she once occupied, are you confronting her restless spirit? Or is there another version of grandma in another reality, and you occasionally see her going about her business? Does she, in turn, see you when you visit “her” home?

    It’s a sure thing that the existing ideas of paranormal events have not helped us solve any of these mysteries. There’s always the hope that, if we just get enough case histories, something will “click,” but is that about repeating the same steps and hoping for a different result? But it’s not about insanity, it’s about the need to try something different when existing methods fail in the quest for some answers.

    But is that even possible in our polarized society?

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    App arently you r keyb oard is fro m an alternativ e univer se, as it se ems to h ave put rand om "spaces" thr ought out yo ur ne wsl etter.
     
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    If you didn't notice the multiple random "spaces" inserted in words throughout your newsletter, Gene, may I suggest a visit to the optometrist?


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    I see nothing of that sort. I've viewed it in different versions on a Mac, an iPhone and an iPad. Maybe it's something at your end.
     
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    Indeed it is. It's happening only in my Safari browser, not Chrome or FF. I'm running a beta version of macOS Sierra so that could be what's causing the random spacing issue with the native browser. I'm happy that it's my OS problem and not your eyes Gene!
     
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    Probably the same macOS beta, only from the developer download. I prepared it in Safari with our mailing list app. Something might be messing up the fonts in your Mac. Does it happen with anything else?
     
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    Also the newsletter uses HTML commands and merely defines fonts on the subscriber!s computer. We don't embed fonts.
     
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