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Your Paracast Newsletter — November 25, 2018

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This Week's Episode: Gene and Randall present paranormal researcher/author Preston Dennett, who began investigating the unknown when he discovered that his family, friends and co-workers were having dramatic unexplained encounters. Since then, he has interviewed hundreds of witnesses and investigated a wide variety of paranormal phenomena. He is a field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), a ghost hunter, a paranormal researcher, and the author of 22 books and more than 100 articles about UFOs and the paranormal. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines including Fate, Atlantis Rising, MUFON UFO Journal, Nexus, Paranormal Magazine, UFO Magazine, Mysteries Magazine, Ufologist and others.

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on November 25: Gene and Randall are rejoined by paranormal researcher/author Preston Dennett to continue the discussion that began on The Paracast episode of November 25, 2018. Mentioned briefly on that episode, Preston continues talking about the mysterious phenomenon of “angel hair,” tiny pieces of evidence that used to be reported in connection with UFO sightings. Why is it that it doesn’t seem to happen anymore? Gene questions the claim that one-in-fifty or one-in-forty individuals may have been abducted by possible aliens. This would represent over 15 million people based on the current world’s population. The discussion moves to ghosts, life after death, and near-death experiences.

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About Some Conventional Wisdoms of Life and Death
By Gene Steinberg

The time is long gone when most people interested in the paranormal would ask “what is it?” or “what’s going on?”

Instead, the basic answers are assumed, and it’s more about telling stories, and trying to demonstrate that the prevailing wisdoms are correct. So UFOs are spaceships from other star systems, and a ghost must represent a dead person who appears, wisp-like, in our world, caught in a loop. Perhaps they have to accomplish something that they failed to do when they were actually alive, and once the unfinished business is completed — if that ever happens — they will enter the light and go on to the afterlife.

Perhaps a medium will guide us. They will call upon your uncle George, who will appear to say things about you that he couldn’t possibly know unless he was the real person. But is that even so? Is it possible that the medium, knowing that you’d be there, did a little research on your past? Or perhaps it’s just a cold reading, where, based on some general questions, and your responses, you’ll tell them exactly what they need to say.

I wish I had that skill.

But even if the medium is communicating with a real entity, how does one know that it is really your uncle and not someone taking advantage of the situation? When a medium contacts a supposed Space Brother — an entity from another planet — how are we to know someone or something isn’t fooling us?

Maybe the spirits or whatever they are get a kick out of leading people astray, or maybe there are other motives at work that we don’t understand.

But I’m reminded of the character Whoopi Goldberg portrayed in the 1990 film, “Ghost.” She’s a medium all right, a fake who earns her keep by hoodwinking her victims into believing she is contacting their dead relatives. But out of the blue, she discovers that she is actually seeing a genuine ghost, someone who is trying to track down his murderer and protect his girlfriend.

Silly perhaps, but it earned Goldberg an Oscar as best supporting actress.

Directed by Jerry Zucker, one of the original directors of the classic comedy sendup on disaster films, “Airplane,” it relied on cultural myths to provide a realistic setting for the story. After all, ghosts are dead people, and this is a case of someone dealing with his unfinished business before he can move on.

It is assumed that near-death experiences serve as evidence of an afterlife, as some report seeing their deceased relatives. Indeed, they might even observe someone that they believe to still be alive, only they aren’t.

But why is it, then, that such encounters resemble so-called UFO abductions in many ways?

Having an NDA, however, doesn’t mean you’re dead, except clinically. Your heart may stop beating for a few minutes, but your brain is still alive. You can be brought back to life if it’s not too late. But the image of a supposed afterlife varies little from our cultural meme of such a happenstance.

But do you really survive death? Is there an afterlife that you visit, where your conduct as a living person is evaluated and you are dispatched to your just reward? Is there a heaven and a hell, or is that just a means to persuade people to be good and generous?

If we could really bring back someone from the dead beyond the clinical state in a hospital, what would they tell us? I assume, for the sake of argument, that the brain is somehow brought back to life without damage, with all memories intact.

I think of the conversation between Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy in the 1986 film, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” In the previous film in the series, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” he is brought back to life in a rare Vulcan resurrection ceremony. So Dr. McCoy asks Mr. Spock to explain what happened. But the latter, in turn, says the former lacks a frame of reference.

In other words, he’d have to die to fully comprehend what occurred.

Now the Vulcan ceremony requires the subject’s soul, or living spirit, which is restored to a body that is otherwise alive. But what is the soul? Is it the program that allows your brain to function? Can its essence be reduced to ones and zeros and implanted into another body and thus provide a sort of immortality?

Maybe it can, or maybe the effect can be simulated by recording the contents of a living brain, thus a duplicate.

If that data, whatever it is, could be copied to another body, would your life move there as well, or would you have two versions of yourself, starting out with the same memories of life experiences? What about clones?

I am making no assumptions here about reincarnation, where one might possess memories of a past life. So you supposedly have to live succeeding lives until you get it right. But if you don’t know what you did wrong in the first place, how can you possibly learn from experience? Or do you just “know”?

Even if, as claimed, some do recall possible past lives, does that truly confirm reincarnation? Isn’t it just as likely that they are tuning in to someone else’s memories? It takes us to the very concept of reality, and whether it’s something that can be manipulated as clay, always changing. But we, of course, do not remember that change, at least most of us, since we come along for the ride.

Maybe that also explains the so-called “Mandela Effect,” where you may have memories of a different reality or an altered reality in its previous state? Maybe some people remember how it was before the change. So confusing.

Then again, when people ask me if I’d like to change my reality, I give an enthusiastic yes. After all, wouldn’t you also like to relive parts of your life and undo some of the mistakes you made along the way? Or would such changes cause you to, in turn, make other mistakes, and here we go again!

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