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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such Truth-Telling stories as:

 The Robert Bigelow Convinced Aliens are Here -  
Is There A Hollow Earth/JFK Assination Connection?  -
Ape-Like Animal Spotted Near La Crescenta, California -
AND: Trump Has Millions of "Twitter Bots" Ready to be Weponized

All these exciting stories and MORE in this week's issue of

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You Have Doubtlessly Seen The Movies Based Upon What We Have All Come to Believe Are Exceptionally Brilliant Science Fiction Novels Written By The Late Philip K. Dick . . .


But what you probably didn’t know is that their creator was living out some of the same incredibly bizarre scenarios that he wrote about. One can easily compare Philip to the character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Total Recall,” who found himself in a parallel universe on a faraway planet, despite the fact that he was only supposed to be hooked up in a laboratory to a machine that creates realistic dream-like images. Which reality is the character really living in?

At a sci-fi press conference held in France in 1977, Philip tried to explain some of his bewildering thoughts about the existence of a parallel or self-contained – Matrix-like – universe created by “someone” who has the ability to alter the course of time and our concept of reality:

“People claim to remember past lives,” Philip told the throng of reporters and fans. “I claim to remember a different – very different – present life. I know of nobody who has ever made this claim before but I rather suspect that my experience is not unique. What perhaps is unique is my willingness to talk about it. We are living in a computer-programmed reality and the only clue we have to it is when some variable is changed and some alteration in our reality occurs . . . and because of this a variable WAS changed – reprogrammed as it were – and an alternative world branched off.”

Drawing on the masterful mind of creative genius Philip K. Dick we offer up dozens of his personal experiences, as well as those of others in the UFO and paranormal fields, where synchronicities seem to abound. This is NOT science fiction. This is a universe that cannot be so easily grasped or explained.

This amazing book has been compiled by Tim Beckley and Sean Casted with an Introduction by Tessa Dick and added contributions by such esteemed researchers as: Philip K. Dick, Tim Swartz, Nick Redfern, Diane Tessman, Hercules Invictus, Brad Steiger, Brent Raynes, Cynthia Cirile, Valarie D. Orazio, and others who have come to conclude we are living in a computerized simulation, and like PKD acknowledge the existence of the Matrix.

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Robert Bigelow Convinced Aliens are Here

One of NASA’s partners has said that he is “absolutely convinced” aliens exist – and that they are living on Earth right now.

Robert Bigelow, an entrepreneur who is working closely with NASA on future space missions, has suggested that he knows that our planet has an alien presence that is “right under our noses”.

Mr Bigelow made the announcement during an episode of the show 60 Minutes that focused on his work with the space agency.

His company, Bigelow Aerospace, is developing an expendable craft for humans that can inflate and might provide the space habitats of the future.

They have already been tested out in journeys to the International Space Station. And the two organisations are working on further co-operation.

But during that episode Mr Bigelow began to talk about his belief in aliens – and his claim that UFOs have come to Earth and extraterrestrials have an “existing presence” here.

“I’m absolutely convinced [that aliens exist],” he told reporter Lara Logan. “That’s all there is to it.”

Asked by Ms Logan whether he also thought that UFOs had come to Earth, he said he did.

“There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence,” Mr Bigelow said. “And I spent millions and millions and millions – I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject.”

Bigelow told 60 Minutes that he first became interested in aliens after his grandparents had a close encounter with a UFO outside Las Vegas once. “It really sped up and came right into their face and filled up the entire windshield of the car,” he said during the interview. “And it took off at a right angle and shot off into the distance.”

Admitting you believe in aliens is one thing, but Bigelow seems to be no less than a true Believer. He told 60 Minutes that he’s also had “close encounters” but wouldn’t divulge any specifics. And apparently, Bigelow owns a company that has been getting referrals from the FAA about reports of UFOs and other weird activity, 60 Minutes confirmed. In fact, his fascination with aliens is the reason there’s an alien illustration on the side of Bigelow Aerospace’s headquarters in Las Vegas.

Ms Logan then asked if Mr Bigelow thought it was “risky” to say that he believes such things. He said that he doesn't care what people think because it wouldn't “change the reality of what I know”.

Lara Logan: Do you imagine that in our space travels we will encounter other forms of intelligent life?

Robert Bigelow: You don't have to go anywhere.

Lara Logan: You can find it here? Where exactly?

Robert Bigelow: It's just like right under people's noses. Oh my gosh. Wow.

Mr Bigelow didn't give any details about whether the research and private space travel that he is funding had revealed anything about aliens to him.

But he said that the hugely expensive work his company and NASA are doing won’t be required to meet them – he said that people “don’t have to go anywhere”, because the aliens are “right under people’s noses”.

Source: Independent



By Sean Casteel

*** Admiral Richard E. Byrd is thought of as an iconic American hero. But what was he concealing from the public, and why did he swear to secrecy a handpicked group from among the crews that accompanied him on his polar expeditions?

*** In 1938, the Nazis asked Byrd to join their expedition to the North Pole, which the admiral quite naturally declined. The Nazis went there without him, seeking to make contact with a hidden race of supermen by finding a doorway into the Hollow Earth that was believed to exist in the icy northern wastelands. Did the Nazis succeed in making that contact? Did they get alien assistance in building their own disc-shaped aircraft?

*** The admiral's cousin, David Harold Byrd, was an oil-rich financier from Texas who funded some of Admiral Byrd's earlier polar expeditions. By virtue of his wealth, Harold Byrd was part of the inner circle of the wealthy and powerful in Texas, which included Lyndon Johnson and John Connelly. Did the secret cabal somehow have a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Was the conspiracy of murder birthed in a Houston hotel room?

*** There is said to be a world beneath our feet, a civilization located at the innermost core of our planet. Some call it the Hollow Earth or the Inner Earth. It has been described as a virtual paradise by some and a horrifying, hellish nightmare by others. Doorways into this mystery realm have been sought for centuries, but has the actual opening been photographed from space by our modern day satellites?

To many in the UFO and conspiracy theory communities, Admiral Richard E. Byrd is not merely some benign fatherly figure smiling at us from the pages of 20th century history. While Byrd is commonly thought of as a national hero and a courageous explorer of the forbidding wastelands of the Polar Regions, those who look a little deeper soon discover a disturbing darkness and subterfuge that entangles the American icon in many a wicked web.

The history of Byrd's covert "dance with the demons" is covered most thoroughly in a 2017 book issued by Global Communications/Conspiracy Journal, Timothy Green Beckley's publishing house. The book is called "Secret Exploits of Admiral Richard E. Byrd," and is subtitled "The Hollow Earth, Nazi Occultism, Secret Societies and the JFK Assassination." Beckley uses his usual "kitchen sink" method, employing several writers who attack the various subjects from a great many angles.  


In the interest of disclosure, I also contributed a few chapters to "Secret Exploits of Admiral Richard E. Byrd," including a Q and A with Tim R. Swartz, Beckley's resident expert on all things Byrd.

"Before he was Admiral Byrd," Swartz told me, "he was Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr. and he was born in 1888. Byrd graduated from the Naval Academy in 1912 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He volunteered to become a naval aviator."

Along with a keen interest in flying, Byrd also had a fascination with exploration. By the time he came of age, there was little new left in the world to explore except the Polar Regions.  Expeditions had been traveling to the areas at the North and South Poles since the 19th century, but Byrd believed he could do a more complete job of exploring there, especially with the added advantage of aircraft that would give his team the ability to view the icy regions from the sky.

"His first trip was in 1926," Swartz said, "when, along with a pilot named Floyd Bennett, he attempted to fly over the North Pole in a tri-motor monoplane. It lasted about fourteen to fifteen hours, and they claimed to have reached the North Pole, covering a distance of about 1,500 miles. They encircled it and then managed to make it back safely. When he returned to the U.S., he was a national hero. Congress even passed a special act that promoted him to the rank of commander and awarded him the National Medal of Honor. From that point on, to the U.S., Byrd could do no wrong."

In 1938, Byrd visited Nazi Germany. The Nazis were intent on exploring the Arctic themselves and invited Byrd to participate in their expedition. Times being what they were politically, Byrd quite naturally declined. So the Nazis went to the North Pole without him and probably established several bases in the region, beginning then and lasting through the duration of World War II, according to Swartz.

In 1946, in postwar America, Operation Highjump was conceived. Intended to be an exploratory visit of Antarctica, the huge number of ships, helicopters and other aircraft, along with 4,000 personnel, that were mustered for the project continues to arouse suspicion. Although the expedition was originally planned to last for six months, the mission was called off after only three weeks, with the team claiming they had done all the exploring necessary.

"Some people have speculated," Swartz said, "that they went there in search of a secret Nazi base hidden somewhere along the coast of Antarctica. At the end of World War II, there were a number of German U-boats that had left the Canary Islands carrying personnel, equipment, supplies and things like that. They would later surrender in Argentina but without all the personnel and equipment on board. Now, one of the U-boat captains said that they had dropped off their people, equipment, etc. at a secret base in Antarctica. And declassified documents show that this could be one of the reasons why this expedition Operation Highjump had been established, to find out just what was going on in Antarctica."

Swartz said that the Nazis had become interested in places like Antarctica because Hitler believed there might be an entrance there that would lead into the Hollow Earth. According to the occult lore that Hitler subscribed to, the Hollow Earth was the home of the Root Race, the Aryan people, supermen that Hitler hoped would aid him in his dream of world conquest.


Writer Tim Cridland contributes some chapters to "Secret Exploits of Admiral Richard E. Byrd," including a discussion of Byrd's ties to Freemasonry and his reputation for secrecy.

"Richard Byrd was a Freemason," Cridland writes, "having joined a Washington, D.C., lodge in 1921. It seems being members of secret societies - and the Freemasons in particular - was a 'thing' for explorers of the day. The mainly volunteer crew at Little America, the base camp for Byrd's 1928 Antarctic expedition, were so unruly that Byrd formed a secret society within the group. Eleven of the 42 men at the base were Masons like Byrd. Byrd's secret society, which he called the 'Loyal Legion,' was obviously based on the Masonic systems of initiation and confidentiality."

Byrd, in order to protect himself from mutiny in Antarctica and to guard his reputation when he returned to the U.S., made the initiates swear to divulge to no one the existence of the Loyal Legion. They further had to swear that they would not try to learn the names of other members of the group. Most importantly, they swore to do whatever Byrd asked them to do and not to tell anyone that Byrd asked them to do it.

"If Byrd needed people around him that were loyal and able to keep secrets," Cridland explains, "and he found Freemasonry to be a system that facilitated this, his future actions were congruous. On his next Antarctic expedition, which took place in 1934-35, 60 of the 82 members were Freemasons. He established the First Antarctic Lodge, number 777, in February of 1935."

It does seem as though Byrd was stacking the deck by surrounding himself with like-minded Freemasons who were willing to keep his secrets both inside and outside the lodge. Just the sort of thing that conspiracy theorists, such as ourselves, tend to find significant.


Cridland also contributes a chapter about the "Hole-at-the-Pole Theory," the same allegedly supernatural portal that had sent the Nazis scurrying to find a way into the Hollow Earth.   

"The question most often asked by the uninitiated," Cridland writes, "when discussing the Hollow Earth theory: 'If there are holes at the poles, why aren't there any satellite photos of them?' The usual response is to pull out the photos uncovered by Ray Palmer in the June 1970 issue of 'Flying Saucers Magazine.' Palmer, the man that some claim was responsible for starting the public's obsession with flying saucers, had started the modern-day Hollow Earth movement in an earlier issue of the magazine.

"Palmer, upon finding the photo taken by the ESSA-7 satellite on November 23, 1968, declared 'The North Pole photo, lacking clouds in the polar area, therefore reveals the surface of the planet. Although surrounding the polar area, and north of such areas as the North American continent and Greenland and the Asian continent, we can see the ice fields of the eight-foot thick ice. But in the photo, we do not see any ice fields in a large circular area directly at the geographic pole. Instead, we see - THE HOLE!'"

But Palmer's claims have been impossible to verify with follow-up photos. Cridland says that is likely because there have been a scant few other photos that claimed to show a polar void, and that even fewer are taken from a polar-orbiting satellite. Which makes photos relevant to this discussion hard to find. Later photos, which captured images using the relatively new capability of infrared satellite photography and taken long after Palmer's enthusing over the 1968 satellite photo, did not prove the existence of the hole either. The expected heat signature of the supposed hole simply wasn't there.  

Cridland says this does not mean we should rule out the possibility of a Hollow Earth, however, since we are dealing with government photos that may have been doctored before being released to the public. We are already aware of a longstanding cover-up by the government as regards UFOs and the "aliens" who occupy them, so it requires no great leap of faith to believe this kind of secrecy may apply to the Hollow Earth as well.


Speaking of government cover-ups, Cridland also contributes a chapter to "Secret Exploits of Admiral Richard E. Byrd" that closely examines the relationship between the admiral and his cousin as well as a strange connection to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

"Byrd's cousin, David Harold Byrd," Cridland writes, "was instrumental in funding Byrd's polar expeditions before the government took over. Harold Byrd promoted the expeditions quite literally like carnival attractions, having a replica of the Antarctic base Little America set up at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. Richard Byrd showed his appreciation by naming an Antarctic mountain range after his cousin and benefactor.

"Harold Byrd's oil wealth," Cridland continues, "granted him entry into the inner circle of Texas power. He was a member of the 8F group, an elite organization named after the room number of the Lamar Hotel in Houston where they held meetings. The group of predominately right-wing business men had Lyndon Johnson and John Connelly in its ranks. 8F also coordinated political activities with other Southern right-wing politicians and businessmen, including Billie Sol Estes and Clint Murchison. These are names that are very familiar to researchers who have investigated Lyndon Johnson's connections to the JFK assassination."

Cridland sketches in further damning details, such as the fact that Harold Byrd was the owner of the Texas School Book Depository, the building that Lee Harvey Oswald worked at and the alleged location of the fatal shots. Harold Byrd bought the building in 1939. When he returned from a suspiciously-timed, two-month African safari in January of 1964, Harold Byrd had the window that Oswald allegedly fired from - the window of the sniper's nest - removed and kept it as a souvenir.

"He morbidly decorated the bottom half of the window with newspaper clippings of the assassination," Cridland writes, "and postcard pictures of Kennedy, Dealey Plaza and his Book Depository. He framed it and put it in the banquet room of his mansion, where it remained until the day he died in 1986."     

It is as though Harold Byrd took no small amount of covert pride in the fact that he was part of both the successful presidential assassination and the subsequent - and quite nearly impenetrable - cover-up. While there is no obvious direct link between the Admiral himself and the purported Texas-based conspiracy, his blood relationship with his deep-pocketed cousin Harold should raise a few flags of interest. If the long and tangled thread of subterfuge and collusion that surrounds the JFK assassination is ever publicly exposed, will it be possible to follow the thread back to a Houston hotel room and the oil-rich David Harold Byrd?


From the darkness surrounding Byrd, his cousin and the JFK assassination, we move along to what may be even darker terrain, as described by author and podcaster Micah Hanks.

"It's one of the most famous conspiracies," Hanks writes, "associated with the end of the Second World War: that a group of Nazis escaped to Antarctica, where they had a secret base established to aid in the furtherance of their top secret flying saucer development program. Such tales have been the stuff of legends for decades now, and the persistence of rumors like these offer an alternative to popular theories about alien visitors that remain a hallmark of modern UFO lore."

Hanks refers to a 2006 discovery by Ohio State University scientists who claim to have located some kind of "gravitation anomaly" located below Wilkes Land, Antarctica. It was later speculated in the tabloid press that the anomaly could be the long-sought "secret Nazi UFO base" in question.

There is some legitimacy to this idea, according to Hanks, stemming from the fact that the Nazis did mount an expedition to the South Pole in 1938-39, though there is no proof they attempted to establish a more permanent stronghold there. Ironically, according to Hanks, the idea of Nazi UFOs in Antarctica has less to do with anything the Nazis actually did than with what Admiral Byrd himself said about it.

Hanks quotes from a 1947 interview with Byrd, published in a Chilean newspaper, thusly: "The admiral stated that he didn't want to frighten anyone unduly but that it was a bitter reality that, in case of a new war, the continental United States would be attacked by flying objects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds."

"As one can see," Hanks continues, "such wording easily lends itself to the idea of a connection between the Nazi UFO mythos and something going on at the South Pole."

Yet the answer is still not so simple, according to Hanks. But we'll leave the rest of what he has to say to readers of "Secret Exploits of Admiral Richard E. Byrd," who will no doubt approve Hanks' thorough research and attempt to document the truth about a conspiracy theory that so far shows no sign of being abandoned.


"Secret Exploits of Admiral Richard E. Byrd" also includes the contributions of other writers, like Dianne Robbins, Richard Toronto and Dr. Raymond Bernard.

Among the chapters I wrote myself is one about the legends of "Agharta," a paradise located in the Hollow Earth that is lit by a wondrous internal sun and is sometimes visited by spiritual seekers of truth, like the reincarnated Buddhist monk, T. Lobsang Rampa. I also write about the Hollow Earth as described by writer Richard Shaver, who says the interior of our planet is a virtual infernal hell occupied by a demonic race he calls the "dero," who use their ancient technology to wreak a continual evil havoc on us surface dwellers.

"Secret Exploits of Admiral Richard E. Byrd" runs that gamut between the extremes of heaven and hell even as it places the often secretive Admiral - and various related conspiracies and secret societies - firmly in the context of known American history. The obvious Polar Regions pun is this: We are only seeing the tip of a dark and mysterious iceberg so far and must wait to learn whatever truth is ultimately revealed about Byrd and the secrets he so closely guarded.

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Could Aliens Be Hibernating Through Worst Time in The Universe?

As the Fermi paradox states, the Universe is a vast, unknowable space, filled with trillions upon trillions of potentially habitable planets, so... where are all the aliens?

In the latest attempt to solve this conundrum, a trio of researchers have suggested that advanced alien civilisations have gone into self-imposed 'hibernation' - waiting for a future where the Universe is far colder than it is now, which would facilitate the kind of processing power we could only ever dream about.

A new paper written by Oxford neuroscientist and AI expert, Anders Sandberg and Stuart Armstrong, together with Milan Cirkovic from the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, Serbia, argues that civilisations far more advanced than us could have conceivably explored a big chunk of the Universe already, and are now waiting for a better time to be alive.

"Right now, the cosmic background radiation makes nearly everything in the Universe hotter than 3 Kelvin, but as the Universe expands, this background temperature will decline exponentially," write Sandberg and Cirkovic on their blog.

"So if you want to do as much information processing as possible with the energy you have, it makes sense to wait. It becomes exponentially better."

Now, let's just say up front that there's no way to actually 'prove' any of this, and the researchers are obviously having a bit of fun with it - even they admit that the most likely reason we can't find aliens is that they don't exist or are too far away.

But they say this train of thought not only helps us rule out many possibilities related to the Fermi paradox - it also gives us important insight into our own chances and potential future in the Universe.

"If you don't check your less favoured hypotheses, you are not doing science," Sandberg told George Dvorsky at Gizmodo.

So with that out of the way, let's get knee-deep in the so-called Aestivation Hypothesis (aestivation meaning prolonged torpor or hibernation).

The premise is based on the assumption that the more advanced a society becomes, both culturally and technologically, the more likely it will be to transition from biological to almost entirely machine-based.

If we humans are already starting to build bionic body parts and devices that can merge a living brain with artificial intelligence, imagine what civilisations with thousands - or even millions - of years on us would have achieved already.

As this NASA scientist once suggested to the professional alien-hunters at SETI, we should not be limiting our search to biological signs of life - we need to also be seeking out extraterrestrials who have "long ago advanced beyond flesh-and-blood to artificial intelligence."

The idea behind Sandberg and co's paper is that civilisations more advanced than us would have figured out how to ditch their inefficient and death-prone biological bodies by uploading their minds to a machine, making processing power the most precious resource of all.

Elon Musk himself has argued that this has already happened, and we're all living in a Matrix-style illusion.

The Aestivation Hypothesis argues that if processing power - hence, energy - is the sole resource sustaining such a civilisation, then the right conditions are crucial for continued advancement.

"There is a thermodynamic cost to perform information processing that is temperature dependent: in principle, running processing become 10 times more efficient if your computer is 10 times colder (measured in Kelvins)," Sandberg and Cirkovic explain on their blog.

So, judging by how the expanding Universe is expected to cool over the millions of years ahead, post-biological aliens could consider putting themselves into 'sleep mode' to skip the crappy conditions of the present.

"[A]n advanced civilisation may have explored a big chunk of the Universe, done what is doable with existing nature, and now mostly have internal 'cultural' things to do," say the researchers.

"These things can be regarded as information processing. If they want to maximise processing they should not do it today but wait until the cold future when they will get tremendously more done (1030 times more!)."

It probably won't surprise you to hear that not everyone is convinced by this logic. Astrophysicist and sci-fi expert, David Brin, told Gizmodo it doesn't make a lot of sense to forego thousands or millions of years of advancement just to end up in a more energy-efficient future:

    "[W]hile you may get better at computation in a colder Universe, you are foregoing all the computation that you might accomplish if you just kept cranking away during the warmer times."

But Sandberg argues that it's a case of having your cake and eating it too - you can't have it both ways, as Brin is suggesting.

"Imagine having a wallet with a limited number of dollar bills (energy) and buying cakes after Christmas that are getting cheaper over time (eventually levelling out at some low price)," he told Gizmodo.

"If you want to get as much cake as possible, you should save your bills until the cakes reach their minimum price. Anything else will get you less cake."

The paper has been accepted for publication in an upcoming edition of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, but you can read it in full over at the pre-print website, arXiv.org.

And we can definitely recommend Sandberg and Cirkovic's blog post on the hypothesis, which covers such questions as "Have you solved the Fermi question?" "Do you really believe in it?" and "What is the point?"

At times like these, when things are looking pretty dire for Earth's future, maybe it's not such a bad thing to be considering the ins-and-outs of living in a hard drive on Mars.

Source: Science Alert


Ape-Like Animal Spotted Near La Crescenta, California
By Tracy Bloom and John Fenoglio

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating after a mysterious, ape-like creature was captured on cellphone video recently in the foothills near a hiking trail in La Crescenta, not far from the 210 Freeway.

Jake Gardiner, who works near the area, spotted the animal while taking a stroll during the woods on his lunch break last week.

"At first, I heard a bunch of strange noises in the trees. Figured it was just some types of bird or something like that,” Gardiner told KTLA in an interview on Tuesday.

A still uneasiness came over him as he began to feel like something was out there watching him.

So, Gardiner pulled out his cellphone and began recording as he tried to determine whether anything was out there.

At first, he couldn’t see anything out of the ordinary. It wasn't until he checked the footage a second time that he noticed something unusual.

However, he wasn't quite sure what it was he that he had captured on the video.

“You can definitely see a torso and four limbs moving around and swinging around,” Gardiner said. “It’s a pretty obvious kind of motion.”

Officials from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife don't know what exactly the animal is either, but they have an idea.

“We think that it's a pretty good possibility that it is some kind of ape,” said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the department.

If the creature is in fact an ape, it could represent a serious public safety concern, according to officials.

"These animals are incredibly strong. And they can very easily kill or seriously injure a person because -- if it turns out to be an ape -- this animal is scared, hungry, out of its element,” Hughan told KTLA.

It’s possible that it was someone's “illegal” pet at some point, he said after being asked how an ape could’ve ended up in that area.

“People import the animals as illegal exotic pets. Now, that’s not great, but what happens is the animals can get out of control and they either escape or they get too unruly and the owners just let them go,” Hughan said.

Officials say while there’s no reason to be alarmed, they are still warning people not to go into the wooded area looking for the creature.

Source: KTLA-5


Reality’s Different Levels or Dimensions

Have you wondered why some people cannot believe in the existence of a nonphysical world even though they may have encounters with nonphysical beings?

I remember a friend who saw the ghost of his father in his living room after the father’s burial. The ghost smiled then disappeared.

My friend, a highly rational and skeptical man, could not believe he saw his father’s spirit because he did not believe in ghosts. He dismissed the incident as just a product of his own imagination.

“Maybe I just missed my father, and so my mind created and projected an image of him. But he wasn’t really there,” he said.

Others dismiss ghosts and other nonphysical entities because of religious bias. The Christian religion teaches that when a person dies, his/her spirit goes to heaven, purgatory or hell and, therefore, cannot return to earth. “Whatever is seen is the devil’s work, or a product of one’s imagination.”

The great English essayist and thinker Sir Francis Bacon pointed out that once a person adopted a point of view or opinion agreeable to him/her, he/she would do everything to preserve that belief. Even if there were better reasons to believe otherwise, he/she would make distinctions or rationalizations so that the original opinion or belief remained intact.

I see examples of this tendency of the human mind quite often.

I once accompanied an American science writer to see our faith healers (psychic surgeons) at work. He saw the healer open the body of a patient with his bare hands, take out diseased tissues or blood clots, and close the opening without any trace of the procedure.

The American watched all this at close range and took lots of pictures.

When the process was over, the writer slumped on a chair in a state of shock. I was talking to him but he did not hear anything. He just sat there staring blankly. His wife gave him water to drink. Afterwards he said to me, “I see it, but I don’t believe it!”

When his article came out in Omni Magazine, sister publication of Penthouse, he declared that the whole process of bare-handed psychic surgery was completely fraudulent. But he could not explain how Filipino faith healers did the trickery in front of him.

“The hand is faster than the eyes.” He believed what was taken from the patient’s body, the tissues or blood clots, or whatever they were, were hidden cleverly in the hands of the healer and did not really come from the patient’s body.

This is still the opinion on psychic surgery of majority of western investigators. “It’s simply sleight-of-hand or trickery.”

Different Dimensions

But I think there is another explanation why some people cannot believe in ghosts, elementals, psychic powers and other paranormal events. It has something to do with different levels or dimensions of reality.

We have, on the one hand, our common, day-to-day type of reality, which neuro-scientist Lawrence Le Shan calls Ordinary Reality. But there is another way of perceiving the world, what Le Shan calls Clairvoyant Reality.

The problem is that people using ordinary perception do not and cannot see other levels of reality. Thus, they cannot believe it exists. To “see” spirits and ghosts, or experience a supernatural event, one must somehow be in an altered state of consciousness.

I think the basic problem lies in the insistence of materialist science that there is only one level or dimension of reality, the physical world. All the rest are illusions or imaginary. So they label supernatural stories “fairy tales.”

Commonly held or accepted beliefs are difficult to change. There was a time when everybody believed that the sun revolved around the earth, until Galileo proved it was the other way around.

But since that view was considered not only unscientific but, worse, heretical from an ecclesiastical standpoint, Church authorities forced him to retract his statement or be burned at the stake. He reluctantly retracted under duress but he reportedly murmured, “But it (the earth) still moves.”

Mexican shamans, whom anthropologist Carlos Castañeda wrote about in his fascinating books (beginning with “The Teachings of Don Juan”), say there are two ways of looking at reality, Tonal and the Nagual.

The Tonal corresponds to Le Shan’s Ordinary Reality and the Nagual to Clairvoyant Reality. A person in the Ordinary Reality cannot see anything beyond the physical world. But, in the Nagual mode, he/she can see the unseen, or what ordinary eyes cannot see.

Psychics, mystics, and holy men and women of all countries from ancient times to the present have attested to this fact.

Source: The Inquirer


Trump Has Millions of "Twitter Bots" Ready to be Weponized

A Republican mega-donor is the man allegedly responsible for the millions of Twitter bots President Donald Trump counts as followers.

Robert Mercer, a reclusive billionaire, is a former computer scientist who helped build the technology at IBM decades ago that would later be used to create its Watson supercomputer.

And the technology he's reportedly supplying to the commander-in-chief be 'weaponized' to help portray the White House in a more favorable light.

Trump, meanwhile, currently boasts 32 million Twitter followers. However, his account added more than two million followers in May, according to Mashable.

It has grown by about seven million since February and more than half of those accounts appear to be fake, the new site said.

In total, about 15 million of the total followers are bots or automated accounts, which allegedly could be 'weaponized' to spread fake and misleading news stories that favor the White House or distract from the scandals it now faces, reported the
Daily News.

'Fooling humans into doing things in the electronic realm turned out to be really easy,' Simon Crosby, the chief technology officer at a firm called Bromium, told the newspaper.

Some of the technology that's part of Watson, can 'quickly build, test and deploy bots or virtual agents across mobile devices or messaging platforms to create natural conversations between apps and users', according to Crosby and two other computer scientists who did not disclose their identities.

That technology is built to even understand a user's personality, tone and emotion and interact naturally with people.

'You have arbitrary and ridiculous information spread very quickly, and now to targeted user more susceptible to believing it and spreading it, and we now know that it influences people. We saw it in the election, with Brexit,' Crosby said.

'Ultimately, the problem is that anybody can talk to anybody, especially if 'anybody' is a bot on Twitter or Facebook who knows a lot about you.'  

Source: The Daily Mail

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