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Your Paracast Newsletter — January 10, 2021

Gene Steinberg

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January 10, 2021

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This Week's Episode: Gene and Randall introduce Gray Scott, a futurist, philosopher, and artist who specializes in the philosophy of technology, digital consciousness, and humanity's technological evolution. Says Gray: “To understand the future of technology we must begin with one fundamental truth. Technology is natural and nature is technological. It is the voice of the cosmos. From the Saturn hexagon to African fractals to the Fibonacci sequence found in the growth patterns of every plant on Earth, we are surrounded by geometric, repetitive, numerical patterns—patterns we have only begun to recognize and quantify.” During the interview, Gray reveals his long-time interest in the paranormal and experiencers, UFO intelligences and the nature of the contact experience. He is also host of the "Futuristic Now" podcast.

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on January 10: Futurist Gray Scott returns to continue a discussion that began on the January 10, 2021 episode of The Paracast. In this segment, he focuses heavily on the paranormal and the personal experiences he alluded to on the main show. His lifelong paranormal encounters include episodes of precognition, the awareness of things to come that he claims is also part and parcel of the abilities of other futurists. He also talks about sightings of orbs and other phenomena, and reveals that his new home is located in the Hudson Valley in New York, the scene of a number of strange occurrences over the years, where author/experiencer Whitley Strieber experienced the UFO abductions he reported in his various books. Gray says: “The future is a portal inward, what we find there will be computational and ancient.”

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Reality — What a Concept!

By Gene Steinberg

In the 1950s, particularly for TV sci-fi fans and UFO believers, it was more or less a given that the search for life in outer space would be largely confined to our solar system. After all, Mars and Venus were close enough to make it seem plausible that we’d be able to travel to them in the not-too-distant future.

Now I realize that sci-fi novels have featured interstellar travel. Consider, too, the classic 1996 film, “Forbidden Planet,” where the crew of an Earth spaceship explores a planet revolving around another star and encounters the hideous “Monster of the ID.”

But in the flying saucer world, it was about Martian canals, the red planet’s proximity to Earth and other factors that might be present when sightings increased. But it really went over the edge when contactees claimed to have been visited by Nordic human entities from nearby worlds, even Saturn.

But as our rudimentary attempts at space exploration expanded, we discussed that neither Mars nor Venus had conditions for life as we know it. Forget about Mercury or the outer planets.

Now to be sure, yes, it’s possible that, given the presence of water, some microbial lifeforms might exist on Mars, the Moon and elsewhere in our solar system. But that’s a far cry from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ vision of a dying Martian civilization, though I suppose it’s possible more advanced lifeforms might have there existed millions of years ago.

Today the reality of UFOs is that they are likely interstellar visitors, though it may be possible they have bases on Earth or nearby worlds. More exotic theories speak of a multiverse with numerous parallel worlds, and possibly even time travelers. Beyond these physical concepts, there is the theory of a collective unconscious, essentially meaning that we all participate in generating mass delusions that are influenced by pop culture.

Now back in the late 19th century, when strange flying objects appeared, they were more often consistent with the technology of the day. So they’d be dirigible-shaped, and when the pilots spoke with Earthlings, they’d claim they were inventors from another city or country. In other words, the technology was just a little ahead of us, but it would all be revealed soon.

Indeed, I thought about those reports the other day while watching a 2015 episode of the Canadian period police procedural, “Murdoch Mysteries.” If it’s available in your area, I recommend it highly. It fits in a retro category called “steampunk,” involving sci-fi that uses technology from the 19th and early 20th century.

So in this show, the titular character, William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is a straightlaced police detective in Toronto with a penchant for inventions. In one particular episode, entitled “24 Hours Till Doomsday,” Murdoch is summoned by the Prime Minister of Canada to stop a secret rocket launch that could cause a war between that country and the U.S.

So Murdoch meets up with a recurring character in the series, inventor James Pendrick (Peter Stebbings), who has built a rocket that he hopes will allow him to travel several hundred miles away to another city, but it’s being perverted for use as a primitive guided missile filled with explosives.

Now remember we’re talking about the early 20th century here, but the clever screenwriters of this series realized that rockets were nothing new. And we’re still depending on glorified versions today as instruments of space travel.

In another episode, the Pendrick character invents a primitive version of a battery-powered car. Through the series, Murdoch meets up with such historical figures as Nicola Tesla, Henry Ford, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and even an aging Mark Twain as portrayed by an aging William Shatner.

The main point of it is that our perception of what UFOs are tends to mirror our reality and culture. So prior to the 19th century, they might represent magical or spiritual beings. As we groped through the early days of developing our technology, UFOs became airships from lone inventors who would, one day soon, reveal their findings to the world.

By the middle of the 20th century, UFOs were fast-moving aircraft from other planets that may have come to Earth due to their concerns about our early flirtations with nuclear power. That, of course, was the main focus of the classic 1951 sci-fi film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” where an advanced alien, Klaatu, came here to warn us the consequences of our warlike behavior. If we didn’t straighten up and get our acts together, their police force, a race of indestructible robots, would destroy Earth in the interests of galactic peace.

Indeed, the core of the contactee movement was clearly derived from that film. The tall god-like being in a silvery suit, for example, although the threat of annihilation was stripped from ET’s message. After all, our Space Brothers pursued the path of peace, and thus wouldn’t engage in warlike behavior, even if it was the result of an act of self-defense.

Now as our concept of our universe expands with the exponential growth of science and technology, what we expect of space travelers has expanded as well. Perhaps our visitors take shortcuts, using such gimmicks as warp drive and jumping through wormholes, to speed to another planet in another star system — or another galaxy altogether.

My favorite space traveling concept for obvious reasons is the “Stargate,” featured first in 1994 film from the people who brought you “Independence Day.” It also spawned three TV series, and a few TV movies, and there’s active talk about bringing it back in the near future with some of the original cast.

In any case, the stargate is a large wormhole bridging device that allows you to almost instantly transport someone or something to another stargate somewhere else in the universe. It takes just a few seconds to make the trip, but again it requires that stargates be installed at both the origin point and the destination.

So if such devices existed, it would make it possible to beam yourself across the universe in mere seconds. You wouldn’t have to worry about using primitive rockets to make a trip that might require years or decades to reach your destination.

Of course, the stargate network has to be constructed at each location for this scheme to work. So that means travelers in spaceships spanning the galaxy to build out the system, and that is part of a Stargate canon that depicts a race of beings known as “ancients” who assemble the stargates before they evolve to higher planes of existence.

The main point of it all is that our concept of what UFOs are is very much based on our concepts of reality. As much as we like to think that, aside from the finer details, we understand the basic makeup of our universe, there always seems to be more to know.

So it may be that what we call UFOs will, 50 or 100 years from now, evolve to represent a very different mystery. That assumes of course, that it will not be solved by then, but isn’t it interesting that they’re always just a step or two ahead of us?

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