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The trans performer was featured Jennie Livingston‘s 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. The seminal classic explores the New York City ballroom culture of the 1980s and the Black, Latino, and LGBT communities involved with it.

Weirdmageddon will be one of the seminal classics in the history of high-quality animation, alongside the likes of Toy Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Cameron’s Avatar. I have no doubts in my mind that they’ll be showing this at art colleges 60 years from now.

MAY 14: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf  (1925)

On May 14, 1925, Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself for the very first time. That’s right, the seminal classic Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf was first published on this day ninety-two years ago!

Written in a garden shed in Sussex, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway revolutionized modern storytelling with its stream-of-consciousness style. The reason for the novel’s eternally flowing prose is in part due to the fact that Virginia wrote the novel as if she were writing a diary; in the very first draft, you can see where she dated each entry of writing and even doodled and made notes in the margins. Although originally the book was to be titled The Hours, the title Mrs. Dalloway won out in the end as the story follows an English socialite, Clarissa Dalloway, through the course of a single day. It is Clarissa’s eyes through which Virginia shows us the world of Interwar England and how sexuality, trauma, and summer lived side by side in the streets of London. Set in June of 1923, the novel parallels the stories of Clarissa and Septimus Smith – two people racked by mental illness and who are haunted by their lost loves. 

Clarissa’s mind twists and turns throughout the entirety of the story, but one thing she can’t seem to keep her mind off of is her past love affair with the wild, Bohemian Sally Seton. The fact that Sally has now become the tamed wife of Lord Rosseter only adds to Clarissa’s heartbreak. Septimus, on the other hand, has been traumatized by his time in the trenches of the First World War and by the death of his beloved friend and possible lover, Evans. When I first read Mrs. Dalloway, I was blown away by the explicitness of these gay characters and their relationships. Reading about lesbians in a historical setting actually written by a wlw author who lived during that time period is a completely different experience from reading a contemporary author going back and adding ourselves into the history. For all of its poetic prose and literary merit, the true wonder of Mrs. Dalloway is its ability to show wlw readers from throughout the decades that not only have we always been here, but that we have been people with names and stories like Clarissa Dalloway and Sally Seton, who have kissed with “purity” and “integrity.”

-LC

me to everyone else: watchmen is absolutely a classic. a seminal work of art and a brilliant deconstruction of the superhero genre as told through the lens of brutal realism and mental illness. truly the intellectual’s comic.

me at 3am laying in bed staring up at the ceiling: god rorschach and nite owl are so gay. why didn’t they fuck, why, tell me why alan

anonymous asked:

What are your favorite Matt/ elektra moments in the comics? :)

Ooooh great question!! Here are a few that came to mind when I initially read this ask (and I realize they’re all a bit longer than “moments”…but they’re all relatively self contained :)):

One of Elektra’s few appearances in Bendis’ Daredevil run but it’s always quality over quantity, right? Anyway, this is one of my favs because I love me some angsty contrast – you get a beautiful flashback scene to their college days (SO YOUNG AND SO HAPPY!) where they’re just being as cute af together and then in present day, Matt is all emotional and word vomit-y and really, it’s all just perfection.


This scene has everything! Matt and Elektra reuniting! Elektra shutting Matthew the hell up and initiating the sexy times! Matt and Elektra wearing coordinated robes! ALL OF IT BEING A DREAM!!! Or an extended sequence in which Matt imagines escaping from his sentencing, being on the lam for a year after getting Milla killed / killing Bullseye, and ultimately running back into Elektra’s welcome embrace. It’s a bittersweet scene since it’s all just a fantasy, but an especially telling one, that Elektra is ultimately where Matt’s mind goes right before his life as he knows it is over. 


No round up of favorite Matt and Elektra moments in the comics can be complete with a nod to that seminal comics classic, “What If Elektra Had Lived?” in which we are treated to the most unfair alternate reality where Matt and Elektra run away and live happily ever after except NOT. Which tbh, is the kind of thing that hits all of my angsty sweet spots so yeah, I love it. 


Thanks again for the ask anon :)!

So it’s late at night, and I’m thinking about cross-stitch again– does anyone know why you don’t ever see commissioned patterns? I sometimes see people who’ll offer customization of a template, like tiny families where you choose their hair and clothing, but that’s not quite what I’m thinking– 

I’m imagining a whole genre: a tiny still life pile of someone’s personal favorite things (their birthstone, favorite flower, maybe their favorite bird, or butterfly, a meaningful trinket), pictures of people’s childhood homes, silly in-joke pictures to give to friends, and hundreds and hundreds of that sort of beautifully self-indulgent pattern where you can tell that it was made specifically for one person’s special interest– Egyptology or obscure coding jokes or home canning or the seminal classic 1993 video game Myst

And I know that the people who are comfortable making their own patterns are doing all these and more, but not everyone who loves cross-stitching also knows how to design a pattern from scratch. Where do you go, then, if you have a beautiful idea for a pattern, but not the know-how on how to get it designed and patterned yourself? Are there pattern commissions the way there are traditional and digital art ones?

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CultureMUSIC: “Take The ‘A’ Train feat. Ivie Anderson” - From the 1943 film Reveille with Beverly - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 

In honor of Duke’s birthday (April 29, 1899), a vintage clip featuring this seminal jazz classic and the fine af black musicians of the early 20th century. 

I hope folks understand that the Duke was basically the Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jay Z, Kanye, Kendrick of his generation. 

I highly doubt anyone here remembers that seminal classic of early nineties Australian picture books “Cuddly Dudley”, but let me tell y’all, it is a goldmine of reaction images. 

Running into people from high school be like

#relatable

#when you stray into the wrong part of the fandom

Review Retrospective of Twin Peaks Pilot “Northwest Passage”

To lead up to the premiere of the new Twin Peaks revival on Showtime next Spring, I will be re-watching the saga one chapter at a time. This is the first entry in the initial wave of reviews/retrospectives, wherein I will review each episode in chronological order. I will discuss thoughts and comments on the craft and content of each episode; a very new-fan friendly approach that avoids discussing spoilers from future chapters and focuses on appreciating the work itself for its sum and its parts. Don’t expect any dogmatic grades/ratings/rankings here. That isn’t my style.

Hopefully these reviews will be entertaining at least and insightful at most. Thanks for checking it out, the review/retrospective is under the cut! 

(It’s a long one, but then, of course, they all will be.)

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BOYS IN THE TREES - trailer

Australia, 2016, 112 min directed by Nicholas Verso, the director of “The last time I saw Richard”

On Halloween 1997, Corey and Jonah, two estranged former childhood friends, embark on a surreal journey through their haunted memories, dreams, and fears. Heavily influenced by Ray Bradbury’s seminal classic “The Halloween Tree,” acclaimed writer-director Nicholas Verso’s film is gorgeously shot with “tremendous visual flair” and assuredly acted by its young teen cast.

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Legendary comedian Chelsea Peretti speaks to Iyanla: Fix My Life’s star healer, Iyanla Vanzant (Jordan Peele). In this seminal classic clip from the episode of her iconic podcast Call Chelsea Peretti, Chelsea and Iyanla discuss one of Iyanla’s favorite spiritual practices: the burning of sage, cloves, and garlic.

anonymous asked:

that Gavroche one was too soon...

While the growing popularity of the “too soon” response/meme is fascinating, I would posit that due to the century and a half between the original publication of Victor Hugo’s seminal classic “Les Miserables” and the online publication of the fictional character Gavroche’s Starbucks order, the joke in question– one directly referencing Gavroche’s death in the novel, where he is shot trying to collect ammunition for the barricade boys– cannot be accurately described as “too soon” if we can all agree that that particular length of time can be summarily classified as “a fairly long time ago at this point, before any of us were born, probably.”

However I do also acknowledge that the intent of the “too soon” response is meant to convey that the event in question still causes the individual immeasurable pain or distress regardless of the length of time between either the event and the discussion/reminder of the event OR, alternatively, the individual’s first experience of the event and the discussion/reminder of it. In this particular case, without knowing exactly when or how this anonymous individual first learned of the tragic fate of Gavroche, perhaps this darkly comedic reminder of his untimely death is, in fact, “too soon.” 

Isn’t language fascinating? On a completely unrelated note, can you tell how long it’s been since I, a recent recipient of a bachelor’s degree in English, have extrapolated on a literary subject to this extent and in this fashion? Or was the fact that I wrote two paragraphs on the meaning and implication of a meme enough of a clue? Just let me know.

-Jill

#justapartmentthings
  • was that thing that just fell in someone’s apartment a thing that fell in MY apartment, or my neighbor’s?
  • “your dog is so cute! do you need a dogwalker?”
  • raise your hand if you live in the building across from mine and you have seen me naked.
  • oh, that’s. that’s a lot.
  • WHO IS COOKING AND ARE YOU PLANNING TO SHARE???
  • of all the people i expected to listen to the entire miley cyrus discography at 8:37 on a monday night, it wasn’t you, bald bachelor in 1024.
  • “your dog is so cute! do you need a dogwalker?”
  • FOR SALE: BICYCLE, NO TIRES, GOOD AS NEW.
  • How Long Can I Avoid Going All The Way To The Basement To Do Laundry?: the “on-sight laundry room” story
  • whose phone is vibrating? mine? yours? upstairs? downstairs? in the garbage chute? in my dreams? in my nightmares? MAKE IT STOP.
  • Whose Sock Is This?: the “on-sight laundry room” story, part 2
  • i don’t know the name of the man who lives in the apartment across from mine but i know he watches a LOT of the vampire diaries
  • seriously who made popcorn
  • “is that a rooster statue in your window?” and additional questions for the apartments without window dressings
  • sorry about that time you had to call management to ask me to quiet down because i was loudly singing high school musical at 11p.m. on a wednesday, apartment 1027, but in my defense high school musical was a seminal classic and i never tell on YOU for fighting with your girlfriend at 6:30a.m., soooooo
  • “YOUR DOG IS SO CUTE DO YOU NEED A DOGWALKER?”

Arrow AUs– (genderbent!) Clueless AU

(in honor of the 20th Anniversary of this seminal classic.)

Oliver Queen is rich, popular, unbelievably gorgeous, and boy does he know it. With a flash of a perfected grin, he can charm his way into getting anything he wants (or anyone, he wants). He rules Starling Prep alongside his best friend, and partner-in-crime, Tommy Merlyn (both sons of ruthless billionaire businessmen).

When new student Roy Harper transfers in, Oliver and Tommy decide to make him their newest pet project. Roy is reluctant, but eventually warms to the idea of actually having some friends. Oliver and Tommy go about teaching him how to dress to impress, how to pick up girls, and how to survive high school.

As Oliver goes about setting up Roy with a girl that meets their standards, he begins to realize that something is missing in his own life. Tommy has his long-time girlfriend, Laurel, and Roy is totally coming in to his own. But what’s a guy who has literally everything, missing? He’s got a string of hot one-night stands, all the money in the world, and looks to kill.

To his impossible to please father, however, Oliver pretty much pales in comparison to his know-it-all collegiate ex-stepsister, Felicity, who happens to be younger than him, and still two grades ahead.

In walks Helena Bertinelli, and Oliver becomes infatuated. She’s perfect. Nothing like the vapid girls he’s been going to school with his whole life. She’s sophisticated, smart, and gorgeous. So Oliver tries to pursue her, using every trick in his playbook. But there’s still something missing.

Through some serious soul searching (and some talks with Felicity) he discovers…he’s kind of an ass. He’s completely obsessed with the superficial. But who cares? He never did before.

Yet, now he feels sorry that he failed to see that Roy isn’t in love with the girl he deemed appropriate for him. In fact, he’s kind of in love with his sister, Thea. He also neglected to realize that the object of his affection is a great girl, sure, but she’s still wildly in love with her ex.

Then there’s Felicity, who challenges him, and makes him laugh, and makes him want to be a better person, and he can totally just see himself kissing that stupidly adorable self-righteous smile right off her face. What? When did that happen?

So, life is confusing, and so is high school. One thing Oliver knows about all of it? He’s Clueless. 

Thoughts Through Space: a Pioneering Long-Distance Telepathy Experiment

“Those who reject even telepathy have reached the point where they are impugning either the honesty or the sanity of several thousand scientific researchers on all major continents over a period of decades. Such expedient ways of disposing of data are shared only by the most ardent anti-Evolutionists among the Fundamentalist sects.” ~ R.A. Wilson, from the book Cosmic Trigger.

Thoughts Through Space

The term “telepathy” was coined in 1882 by Frederick W.H. Myers, a founding member of the London Society for Psychical Research (SPR). The word means “feeling at a distance”, though this may be slightly misleading in that this is not usually how the term is deployed. Telepathy is essentially mind-to-mind contact, or the exchange of information between two different consciousnesses separated by an arbitrarily large distance (it doesn’t matter how large). Though many of the more narrow-visioned would claim any discussion involving telepathy is “unscientific” by default, we can see that many years ago there were eminent scientists who not only recognized its existence but sought to understand the phenomenon.

The first studies of telepathy were based on collections of spontaneous experiences, with 1886 seeing the publication of the seminal classic Phantasms of the Living, by the British scholars Edmund Gurney, Frederick Myers, and Frank Podmore — who actually took the time and effort to analyse all reports to identify the best and most reliable cases for publication and eliminate the fraudulent.

Over a decade later, the eminent chemist and physicist Sir William Crookes — also an avid and meticulous researcher into “paranormal” phenomena — spoke on telepathy before the Royal Society at Bristol, England, in 1898. This address was, in the words of occultist Swami Panchadasi (a.k.a. William Walker Atkinson), “made before an assemblage of distinguished scientists, many of them rank materialists and quite skeptical of all occult phenomena.” Crookes, facing this gathering as its president, expressed the view that it is a “fundamental law… that thoughts and images may be transferred from one mind to another without the agency of the recognized organs of sense — that knowledge may enter the human mind without being communicated in any hitherto known or recognized ways.”

If telepathy occurs, he continued, “we have two physical facts — the physical change in the brain of A, the suggestor, and the analogous physical change in the brain of B, the recipient of the suggestion.” While Crookes would eventually be vindicated in these comments by the development of the EEG and other modern technology and experimental designs, he assumed that “between these two physical events there must exist a train of physical causes”, which we can accept if we modify our definition of “physical” to include subtle energies (such as torsion/scalar fields), as well as the plasma-like particulate matter of the various aetheric densities (etheric, astral, mental, etc.).

In the modern world, the commonest kind of human telepathy occurs in connection with telephone calls, according to biologist and paranormal researcher Rupert Sheldrake. Over 80% of people claim to have thought of someone for no apparent reason, who then phoned them; or that they have known, in a telepathic sort of way, who was on the phone before answering it. Sheldrake reports that controlled experiments have provided highly statistically significant repeatable positive results. Many people (probably about 80%!) however, will need no convincing of the fact, as repeated personal experience has a way of making experimental proofs a little bit redundant sometimes.

A World-First Experiment in Telepathy

In 1942 the remarkable though little-known book Thoughts Through Space, by Australian-born aviator-explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins (1888–1958) and American author, playwright, and “sensitive” Harold Sherman (1898–1987), was published. It detailed the first experiment (conducted from late 1937 through to early 1938) of its kind: a long-distance and long-term telepathy experiment where Wilkins, who was aiding in the aerial search for a missing Russian craft and its crew in the Arctic, would attempt to telepathically send information regarding his activities to Sherman, who would attempt to receive the messages and record them. This would take place over a period of some five months.

However, as it turned out, Wilkins never got the opportunity to take time to deliberately send any impressions to Sherman, who faithfully conducted his “psychic vigil” each night at the same time, ever unaware of Wilkins’ situation or activities. What Wilkins did instead was to record events and details in his log, this being the usual habit with an explorer. When Wilkins returned from the Arctic, his dated log was compared with the dated impressions of Sherman so the latter’s psychic accuracy and reliability could be assessed.

Early in the book, Wilkins made a point of noting that, a) Sherman had already demonstrated his ability to receive impressions without the necessity of Wilkins’ consciously willing thoughts to him at the time of their scheduled “sittings,” and, b) Sherman could respond directly to Wilkins’ thoughts on the occasions he was able to keep their “psi appointments.”

The role of emotion was significant in these experiments (as it is in many psi experiments), as the two participants ultimately acknowledged. Wilkins noted that despite his inability to regularly keep to the appointed “sending” time for the experiments, he did continue his habit of thinking the unusual incidents strongly to Sherman. When Wilkins was anxious, Sherman seemed to be particularly effective at detecting his thoughts.

Wilkins also agreed with the occultist’s axiom that the intensity of a sender’s emotional reaction to what is happening to him, or has happened, determines the degree of intensity of the “thought-waves” discharged. (In my book The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality (Vol.1), I have portrayed these thought waves as torsion/scalar waves in the vacuum/aether/zero point field/time-space/implicate order.)

Also worth noting is that in some ways, this epic experiment — lasting as it did over five months — was something of a precursor to what would later become known as remote viewing. It also featured elements of prevision, evincing a predictable unpredictability so common to psi functioning, thus blurring the lines[*] between telepathy in real time and other forms of clairvoyance — much as this tended to occasion Sherman’s uncertainty as to precisely what he was seeing at the precise moment of seeing. Sometimes visions would turn into previsions, precipitating out of the aether days later without apparent warning. This was a complicating factor at times, as was the initial lack of feedback for Sherman, which caused him a degree of anxiety (was he “hitting” more than missing?). Nevertheless, the experiment overall can only be described as a stunning success, with some indisputably spectacular hits by Sherman to be found scattered throughout.

Official Results

Sherman sat three times a week to act as receiver, depositing copies of his nightly impressions to third party witnesses to ensure there could be no question of his having failed to record his impressions before receiving Wilkins’ log. Let’s look at some of the data. Sherman’s report of Wilkins’ activities for February 14 reads:

“Impression you talked three times before different interested groups since arrival at Edmonton — first time before some luncheon club — like Rotary Club — you have found a motor — you plan to take off with it tomorrow or Wednesday, if weather permits. You have dinner with three men and their wives…One of Edmonton’s wealthiest and most prominent men has entertained you and given you some assistance relative to the expedition — word McKenzie flashes to my mind — is there a company of that name supplying you with plane? Seem to see you as guest of Church Brotherhood… Sunday occasion — you called on to speak—you have appointment with two men who will take you to some plant or place where you will see the packing of the equipment.”

Keep in mind that Sherman had been receiving little feedback on previous recordings prior to this session, and had not been forewarned of any of these activities, making it all the more remarkable that Wilkins was able to subsequently confirm every detail, including the fact that McKenzie Airways were furnishing the plane that would fly the new engine back to Aklavik. All of these things took place between February 10 and 14.

As noted, sometimes the information being received by Sherman was a blur of present (or recent past) information and information pertaining to some point in the future. Wilkins stated that in his March 1 record Sherman had recorded almost all of his most prominent thoughts as well as describing the conditions Wilkins experienced. The latter part of the entry from Sherman mentions liquor in connection with a commercial interest (possibly a company seeking his endorsement). Sherman states that Wilkins is wondering whether they will offer him enough money for it, and then moves on to things flight-related. He suggests checking the oil and gas lines leading to the engine as a possible source of trouble—“something appears to get clogged or choked” as a result of the low ambient temperature.

Wilkins’ analysis of Sherman’s psi report confirms that Hiram Walker had indeed sought Wilkins’ endorsement for a certain whiskey, but did not offer sufficient remuneration to garner Wilkins’ advocacy. It was the one time that year that Wilkins had received such an offer. As for Sherman’s concern over gas and oil lines, sure enough, the next day during flight, the feed on the automatic control did clog. Towards evening, the oil temperature indicated some clogging of the line, according to one of Wilkins’ collaborators (Cheeseman) on the plane with him.

Evidently, darkness proved to be an aid in Sherman’s sittings, eliminating visual stimuli so he could become more receptive to the nonlocal stimuli filtering through from his subconscious mind. Sitting in darkness to receive psi information is a good and standard way to increase the psi signal to noise ratio (not dissimilarly to Ganzfeld tests).

An interesting fact to note is that after some time of sitting three times a week for his sessions, Sherman had trained his subconscious to feed him psi information more consistently. He commented that his mind had become so highly sensitized and habituated to the psi task that it continually brought him un-asked-for impressions and “unusual mental flashes.” These flashes appeared sometimes to come from the mind of anyone he focused his attention on, regardless of the fact that there were unbidden insights he did not seek. There are many pieces of evidence that demonstrate that the psi faculty, like our muscular system, is responsive to training. This has been known to mystics and occultists for many centuries.

As well as this, Sherman suffered serious ill health effects because of his other commitments, which left him virtually no rest and recovery time. We need not go into Sherman’s exact method in eliciting his results, but it is worth noting that during the sessions he could feel his mind “contact” Wilkins’ mind, he sensed a force, line, or stream of energy which seemed to connect the two subconscious minds of the men. During the sittings when he felt this sensation the strongest, he got his best results.

A conclusion reached by both men (and one in full accordance with occult thought) was that the degree of intensity of emotional reaction to external experience determines the intensity of the thought force projected. In their view, human emotions were the power source behind the electrical currents of the brain. A recurring motif in “paranormal” and parapsychological research is the important role of emotion, creative force that it is.

Sherman also noted that he sensed thought impressions at two places in his body: the brain (center of crown and third eye chakras) and solar plexus (where the manipura chakra is).He would get a nerve reaction in the pit of his stomach (not unlike that felt when one receives a sudden shock or becomes anxious), which he came to realize always accompanied a genuine telepathic communication. Elsewhere, in his psi research, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama has connected the lower three chakras (one of which is the solar plexus chakra/manipura) with passive or receptive psi abilities, such as Sherman employed in this telepathy experiment.

On top of Sherman’s amazingly accurate reports of Wilkins’ far removed activities either as they happened or soon after, he also sensed events yet to happen to Wilkins, as previously noted. Wilkins only had two accidents occur involving his plane during his five months away, and Sherman sensed both ahead of time, witnessing previsions of these events days before they happened.

To give further insight into the remarkably successful nature of this experiment, several friends and/or collaborators of Sherman and Wilkins signed affidavits testifying to the validity of the experimental procedure as well as Sherman’s undeniable accuracy. Dr. Henry S.W. Hardwicke, a research officer for the Psychic Research Society of New York, stated in his affidavit that the authenticity of the telepathic phenomena was unquestionable. Dr. A.E. Strath-Gordon was effusive in his own affidavit, stating that Sherman’s amazing telepathic consistency, clarity, and accuracy was something he had not seen in all his years of research around the world. Such was Sherman’s telepathic acuity that, to Strath-Gordon, it seemed almost as if he was taking dictation from some unseen intelligence.

This is not to construe that Sherman only ever “hit” and never “missed.” He did, as any intuitive will, miss occasionally, but more often than not he was accurate, far too often and with such exquisite detail that it cannot logically be asserted that he obtained his results by lucky guesses over this extended period, and no evidence at all exists to implicate anyone in any fraudulent activities. But for the most part, even Sherman’s misses were intriguingly close to the mark, seemingly mixing fact with fiction.

Little more need be said to convince the sane of the success of this epic psi experiment. However, Sherman’s talents provide much food for thought. For instance, it is notorious among psychics that sensing specific numbers, dates, names, and such particulars represents one of the most difficult tasks. Sherman was exceptional at sensing names of people, companies, and more, as well as having some spectacular hits with numerical data (remembering that he was operating totally “blind” to Wilkins’ Arctic activities).

On November 30, one of his data points was simply this: Latitude 68, Longitude 133. Wilkins recorded: Latitude 68, Longitude 135. These numbers bear no further comment. In his next sitting (December 2), Sherman recorded several spectacular hits, including a note of the intended first flight of Wilkins which was to be a distance of 600 miles. In his own notes, Wilkins had recorded that this flight was indeed slated to be 600 miles. Note again that Wilkins did not offer foreknowledge of his intended plans or movements in these letters.

To add yet another complicating factor to all of this, Sherman found that it was difficult to distinguish between a thought in the mind of an individual and the actual materialization of that thought in action. He said he was certain that there had been occasions where he had unwittingly confused these two thought-forms.

In his many experiments several decades later, former CIA polygraph expert Cleve Backster found, interestingly, that his plants — leaves wired to a polygraph machine — initially encountered something of a similar situation when it came to detecting silent human intent to harm them, though they rapidly learned to distinguish between real and imagined threats.

The process for a human attempting telepathy seems to present more challenges — perhaps because plants do not have much in the way of an individuated conscious mind to block subconscious perceptions: they belong to a group consciousness or “morphic field,” and lack a personal subconscious. The human, whether particularly intelligent or not, has this discriminatory disadvantage built in. So, while it may not be much of a compliment to be told you have the intelligence of a house plant, it could, in a sense, be something of an accolade to be told you have the intuition of one!

In January 1938, Sherman made some interesting notes regarding some technicalities of the telepathic downloading process. At 11.30 on the designated nights of the appointments, wherever he was he would begin to receive strong feelings from Wilkins. He stated that unless he was somewhere he could clear his mind, he did not try to interpret those feelings, since this invited interference from his imagination before he was ready to complete the entire operation. So long as he kept the impressions in his mental “dark room” until he was ready to bring them out and process them, he was able to retain them.

Final Thoughts

With two peoples’ brain-minds acting as a nonlocally correlated system, the connection is maintained by nonlocal consciousness (in aether/time-space/implicate order) — facilitated, Amit Goswami believes, by the brains’ “quantum nature.” Such “paranormal” phenomena could be attributable to torsion waves passing between the participants’ minds. The two parties have synchronized their operations in time; now spatial distance is irrelevant — they act as one system in time. It is interesting to note that torsion fields cannot be shielded by conventional means (including Faraday cages), and evidence no attenuation when propagated arbitrary distances. “As pointed out by A. Akimov, empirical exhibits of torsion fields have possibly been found previously in conventional scientific research, but not yet recognized as such.” One such example may be the phenomenon of quantum nonlocality, “which can be attributed to superluminal transmission of torsion potential.”

I should note: any form of meaningful contact between people can establish a nonlocal correlation, as any clairvoyant or occultist worth their salt can tell you — this is how legitimate psychics (let us ignore the plethora of phonies) can carry out “readings” over the phone or internet without ever having so much as been in the same country as the sitter or client. That telepathy exists is doubtless — countless experiments and spontaneous real-world events confirm its reality. However, a larger scientific paradigm within which to view this and other “paranormal” phenomena has been missing for too long now. Parapsychology has failed to provide one, and mainstream Western physics has been too handicapped by its own prejudices and conceptual roadblocks to really do this subject matter justice.

In my book The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality (Vol.1) I provide the kind of far-reaching paradigm needed within which to place such phenomena — something that the world seems to be increasingly ready for.

By: Brendan D. Murphy