From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul> Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:46:40 +0100 Archived: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 10:08:46 -0400 Subject: Third Kingdom Experiences [was: Alien Museum >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:12:36 -0500 >Subject: Re: Alien Museum On Alien Abduction Case <snip> >As I noted in my post, it is best to start by disconnecting >experience anomalies from event anomalies. In ufology, the >evidence for a possible (even, from one arguable perspective, >likely) ET presence is to be found in the latter, not in the >former, which seem linked to extraordinary experiences of many >varieties long predating the UFO era. (Vallee & Aubeck's recent >Wonders in the Sky is full of examples. So is Evans-Wentz's one- >century-older The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries.) Such >experiences take on the coloration of the cultural period in >which they occur. They are not "imaginary" in any ordinarily >understood sense of the adjective. <snip> >Such experiences of the ostensibly supernatural (or, if you >prefer, extraordinarily anomalous) can be sustained, complex, >and extremely hard to explain, either literally or prosaically. >They occur in what has been called liminal space, partly objective, >partly subjective, a kind of Third Kingdom that mocks our lazy >notion that either things are or they aren't. By their nature >we can neither prove nor disprove them. They exist - often >vividly - in experience, and experience alone. >In a sense, experience anomalies are dreams transplanted into >the world - and by that I mean nothing reductive. I mean a >crude analogy, not a psychological (non)explanation. I mean a >class of common human experiences we don't understand at all, >next to which visiting ETs seem barely extraordinary at all. I really like your thinking Jerry and know that it follows a lifetime of studying these matters probably in greater detail and breadth than any of us. So much of the so called paranormal seems to be in the area loosely called 'high strangeness'. On Coast to Coast I was recently listening to an interview with Professor Stephen Braude, a parapsychologist who has written a book called The Gold Leaf Lady about a woman who regularly manifests a gold metal film on various parts of her body. Stephen and others have documented this phenomenon as genuine and filmed its 'arrival'. Analysis has shown the metal - of which they have collected many samples - is in fact brass. The composition is of course copper and zinc but it is in exactly the usual percentages of commercial copper. Investigation has shown that the metal is not seeping from her skin which would, anyway, have poisoned her. Where does it come from - another dimension? Who made it and why 'apport' it to this woman? The questions are endless and unanswerable. So, as in a wealth of other incidents such as occurred at the Skinwalker Ranch, and often in UFO lore, we have totally bizarre and illogical happenings which to use your phrase, occur in "a kind of Third Kingdom that mocks our lazy notion that either things are or they aren't." It reminds me of physicist Sir William Crookes, president of the Royal Society and paranormal investigator who in 1874, when challenged by sceptics, said: "I didn't say it was possible, I just said it happened" It seems to my humble mind that if impossible things contantly happen, then we have to revise our definition of what is possible - in other words accept that our view of reality is totally flawed. And unless we rewrite our world view, the next 60 years studying UFOs will contain as few answers as we've found as in the first 60. Dave Haith Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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