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Your Paracast Newsletter, March 4, 2018

Gene Steinberg

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March 4, 2018

The Paracast Presents Fortean Researcher Joshua Cutchin on a Fascinating Journey Through Our Paranormal Universe

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This Week's Episode: Gene and guest cohost J. Randall Murphy present Fortean/paranormal researcher Joshua Cutchin. who takes us on a fascinating journey through the nooks and crannies of the world of the paranormal, folklore and the frontiers of consciousness. Among the cases discussed, the curious UFO contact from 1961 involving chicken farmer Joe Simonton, who claims to have been presented with bad-tasting buckwheat pancakes from short swarthy aliens in a flying saucer, a story that has never been explained. Joshua is the author of two books: 2015's "A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch." and 2016's "The Brimstone Deceit: An In-Depth Examination of Supernatural Scents, Otherworldly Odors, & Monstrous Miasmas." He is also author of the forthcoming, "Thieves In The Night: Paranormal Child Abduction From the Faerie Faith to the UFO Era."

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers: The March 4, 2018 episode of The Paracast continues with guest cohost J. Randall Murphy and Fortean/paranormal researcher Joshua Cutchin. The mystery 0f the Mandela Effect discussion continues with talk about whether the character Dolly in the James Bond movie, “Moonraker,” wore braces or not; some people remember it differently. Gene cites an experience that occurred when he was in his late teens where he and a friend had very different memories as to whether they saw a UFO or just a curious cloud formation. And the possible connections between fairy lore and UFOs, whether both reflect the same mystical sources.

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Physical Reality and Other Stuff
By Gene Steinberg

The general impression of UFOs is that they are physical aircraft, no doubt from other planets orbiting other star systems. It’s so very logical, after all. We have evidence of extrasolar planets, some of which may have conditions not dissimilar to Earth. That being the case, maybe life has spawned there, and some of that life might be advanced enough to have developed star travel.

So they are no doubt here.

Well, that might be a stretch. Even if ET possesses the capability of traveling across star systems, that doesn’t mean they want to visit us or have visited us.

So what are UFOs after all? Isn’t it almost a certainty that they, the extraterrestrials, are here and we only need to figure out what they are and where they’re from?

Over the centuries we’ve seen strange flying things in the skies and strange creatures. But some of those things seemed more mystical than physical, weird beings, someones known as fairies and elves, who were capable of magic rather than an advanced technology. We generally do not accept such reports as real physical events. Or if they are real, it’s a matter of more primitive people encountering extraterrestrials, but interpreting it in a way closer in concept to their lesser understandings of strange phenomena.

But this is the 21st century. We know the truth, and we fully understand that we are seeing physical machines capable of physical travel. Perhaps they are controlled by computers, possibly robotic creatures. But there is no doubt what such things are. We are advanced enough to understand what’s truly going on, even if we are seeing the evidence of technology that’s hundreds or thousands of years more advanced than we are.

So how different is that from the impressions of humans a few hundred years ago anyway? We assumed, then, that we had a pretty good understanding of the physical laws.

Do you remember Charles H. Duell? He was the Commissioner of the U.S. patent office in 1899 when he reportedly claimed that, “everything that can be invented has been invented.”

I would so much enjoy being able to travel back through time and showing Duell my iPhone so I could ask him which patients apply to it.

Or would I be regarded as some sort of being from another planet who came here to mess with us? Well, there were those airships from the late 19th century. I wonder what he would have said about them.

Indeed, would we be able to understand the evidence of technologies hundreds or thousands of years more advanced? Or would we regard them as the products of magic? Or does that take us full circle?

What ought to be clear even to scientists, assuming they took a sensible approach to the matter, is that we may not even be close to understanding the laws of nature, or when the point might come where what we’d regard today as magic becomes a reflection of conventional scientific knowledge. Is that a never-ending voyage, always finding new ways to push humanity still further towards embracing the future?

Is there perhaps a point where we will reach the pinnacle of scientific advancement, a plateau where everything that can be discovered has been discovered, and it’s just a matter of refining what we have? Or is scientific progress an endless process?

Scientists may be egotistical enough to believe that we are getting closer to a “full” understanding of the universe.

It’ll probably never happen in any way that we can understand, even within the pages of a sci-fi novel.

So maybe we do regard fairies and other mystical beings as folklore, not anything real. After all, belief in such nonsense was long ago and far away. Or it’s still the stuff of fantasy stories. that we can harness the powers of magic, or that there are other beings here with strange powers. None of that could possibly be true.

Even if we are being visited by flying machines from other space, that doesn’t mean we’d be capable of understanding what they are or how they work. Indeed, their appearance may be so alien to us that we fill in the blanks, so to speak. We imagine them in a form that we can accept, just as humans from hundreds or thousands of years ago would interpret strange phenomena in ways that make sense to them.

It’s the height of egotism that we know enough about the universe that we know precisely what we are seeing, no ifs, ands and buts. How could it be otherwise?

Indeed, even if we are being visited, and are not filing in the blanks to interpret something way beyond our understanding, it may well be that “they” are manipulating our realities, or at least appearing to us in a way that makes sense based the state of our development.

How could we possibly know?

Certainly a key plot element in the sci-fi movie, “Contact,” based on the Carl Sagan novel, makes sense. When the protagonist, a radio astronomer played by Jodie Foster, meets a presumed ET, he or it appears in the form of her late father. She is told that’s being done so she’d be able to accept his appearance. Maybe the true form would be upsetting or otherwise grotesque to us. Perhaps such beings appear to us as pure energy, capable of assuming any shape they want to seem more palatable to the locals on a primitive world.

It’s one of those uncomfortable matters that’s best left unsaid, and you can fill in the blanks. It’s also as logical as any other possibility of the form in which an advanced alien creature might take. Indeed, we might be surrounded by “them,” but we only see them if and when they decide they want to be seen, or strictly as an accident.

Of course, none of that means that ET isn’t a physical human or humanoid being, perhaps very similar to us in many ways. That might be possible too, only we still don’t know where the reality lies. And if it’s all about the creatures of folklore, I suppose we may have to accept that possibility too.

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... Indeed, even if we are being visited, and are not filing in the blanks to interpret something way beyond our understanding, it may well be that “they” are manipulating our realities, or at least appearing to us in a way that makes sense based on the state of our development. How could we possibly know?
All fair points to ponder, but the last one ( above ) is the most critical because it asks, "How can we possibly know?" When we start questioning reality itself, then it's not merely UFOs that come into question, it's everything. That's not just moving the goalposts on the subject a little farther down the field. It's taking them into the parking lot, loading them onto a flatbed, then driving them to Florida, putting them in a rocket, and sending them to Jupiter, where they enter into a trans-warp conduit and come out the someplace near Dave Bowman's space pod. What is more reasonable is to ask whether or not UFOs are as objectively real as other things we perceive as being objectively real.

When we ask that question then we have someplace to start a meaningful discussion, and we can come up with some good reasons for believing that alien craft are as objectively real as the Air Force jets sent to intercept them. But even if that's not the case, and it's all some sort of mind control, then we're still dealing with something external to ourselves that is so sophisticated that it represents something much farther "out there" than alien craft. So where do we draw the line on reasonableness? Should we give the same weight to theories that invoke magic and fringe ufology as we do to theories that are much more rational and plausible? You can probably guess my answer.

Although there are things yet to be learned about the world and the universe we live in, the arrow of progress has been consistently driven by the acquisition of knowledge rather than reliance on faith, magic, and superstition. Therefore when a natural or technologically possible solution can explain a phenomenon, why invoke magical super beings? Let's not underestimate just how far we've come in our understanding of things in the last 300 years and how fast we're progressing. A single chip with 30 billion transistors seems more magical than UFOs to me, and what we'll have by the end of the millennia is even more mind boggling. Yet it's still just technology.
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