Moon Bases and Worldview Neurons

Here’s an honest sounding man, Ken Johnston, who claims to have been working at NASA when the US astronauts landed on the Moon. He says he saw what looked like alien bases in the pictures that came back.

If you’re like me, interested in fringe science and examining all the remarkable claims you can find, you’ve heard this moon-base stuff before from two or three other sources claiming to be eye-witnesses to original photos.

All this is becoming more believable now that the pentagon has publicly admitted that the three UFO videos captured by various fighter piolets since 2004 are genuine UFO’s (a.k.a. UAP’s). I feel sorry for the debunkers now.

Johnston says that the whole “alien coverup” will probably be ended by the US government this November, and when it happens, it won’t be the world’s religions that are shaken to the core, it will be the world’s scientists.

More than anything else the man says, this bit about scientists is the part that rings true for me.

Science has always deluded itself into believing that the current level of sophistication, at any point in time, is no longer primitive.

No delusion has been more persistent, and none has hampered scientific progress more than this one. Forgetting that we’re still a primitive species trying to do science with limited intelligence has closed our minds to important things that seem at first glance to be impossible. Worse yet, our lack or appropriate scientific humility has declared entire fields of scientific inquiry taboo, leaving our species ignorant by choice. Examples include the study of ESP, the study of the paranormal, the study of the cultural effects of scientific and spiritual fundamentalism, and the application of geology to archaeology, to name a few.

In an editorial debunking the “liars” who, like myself, believe there is considerable legitimate scientific evidence for intelligent design in nature, especially in the genetic code, Adam Wilkins, a mainstream scientist, makes a remarkably broad-minded statement:

“Furthermore, those scientists with passionate anti-religious convictions should accept that Science can no more disprove the existence of a Deity or immortal souls than religious people can prove the existence of either. More tolerance of private religious belief, coupled with insistence on what scientific evidence does actually tell us about the history of the world and living things, would be appropriate.

If, in contrast, scientists insist on atheism as the only “logical” belief system or demand that people choose between “evolutionism”—the quasi-philosophic belief in evolution as a guide to what should be—and belief in God, the outcome is not in doubt. More than half the people in the U.S. would choose religion and reject the science.” 

Ironically, if Adam Wilkins and other mainstream scientists would read Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer, PhD, with the tolerance Wilkins and authentic science call for, they would probably recognize that Intelligent Design makes better scientific sense than Neo-Darwinism as an explanation for the origins of life and the diversity of forms on this planet.

But the human mind has a special place for an individual’s worldview. It seems to be a place near the core of identity, a place that triggers emotion and squelches reason, and a place that fervently resists change.

For us Christians, the “worldview neurons” tend to be filled with an untestable and unquestionable set of doctrines that include information about the soul, what happens when we die, and what behaviors and beliefs we must accept in this life to get what we want in the next.

For about two-thirds of scientists, the “worldview neurons” are filled with an equally untestable and unquestionable doctrine called “scientific materialism” that assumes there is no soul, no afterlife, and no behavioral norms relevant to an afterlife.

The reason many Christians think of atheism as a religion is probably because the “worldview neurons” of atheist scientists often take on a religious-style resistance to change and an urge to proselytize that reminds us of religious zeal.

Most educated people seem to think that if humans ever come into open contact with an extraterrestrial intelligent species, the aliens will be highly advanced, highly intelligent, and definitely secular, not religious or spiritual.

In the video below, Ken Johnston implies that the reason alien contact will shake the scientific community to the core will be the shock of learning that the aliens are scientifically thousands of years ahead of us. This would expose human science as primitive and perhaps destined to remain far behind the Universe’s most advanced species.

I think Mr. Johnston is partly right. But I think the more shattering aspect of alien disclosure for scientists would be the galling realization that advanced beings are, in fact, devoutly religious and deeply spiritual… at least the benevolent species.

See if you think Ken Johnston really believes what he’s saying in this video…

Would advanced aliens be spiritual or secular? Would they make such a distinction at all? I’d be interested in your opinion.

Love and ESP hugs,

Morrill Talmage Moorehead, MD

PS: If you’re over 55, please be especially cautious about transitioning from lock-down mode.

Make sure you’re not vitamin D deficient. (Vit. D deficiency puts you at a much higher risk of serious complications from this virus as well as from several other respiratory viruses.)

Wearing a face mask primarily protects others from you if you’re infected but asymptomatic, which happens a lot. This is because the COVID-19 coronavirus travels several yards through the air when an infected person (even with no symptoms) coughs, sneezes or speaks loudly. So wear a mask as a sign of love and concern for others. Forget all the lame TV coronavirus politics. They’re deliberately manipulating us into outrage and frustration, partly to improve ratings and keep their jobs, and partly to protect their precious political worldviews. To remain employed, they have no choice but to create political outrage porn. Just ignore it.

33 thoughts on “Moon Bases and Worldview Neurons

  1. I was telling my husband about this blog post today and he reminded me of my mother. She, and therefore myself, grew up Catholic. The whole deal – Catholic school, church many times a week, etc… After my grandmother died around 10 years ago, my mom quit going to church. She had suddenly decided that everything she had ever been taught via the Catholic Church was a lie. I couldn’t tell you what precipitating events changed her mind (probably too many episodes of Ancient Aliens), but almost as soon as she put down her lifelong Catholocism, she picked up belief in extraterrestrials. Growing up we never really talked about the possibility of alien life. I’m from the Unsolved Mysteries generation so I was alwasy interested in anything “other”. The point of this story is that my mom gave up belief in a higher power just to trade it in for a belief in beings that are ALSO greater than ourselves. I have always found this very ironic. Clearly she, like many humans, have the need to look up to a higher being or beings. I guess alien life is more tangible to her than what she learned in the Catholic Church which may have prompted the switch.

    There is a very interesting documentary on Amazon called Capturing the Light which is about a woman who spent about 30 years and 10s of thousands of feet of film caputring aerial phenomena near her home in Vancouver. Eventually, these “Beings of Light’ began communicating with her and told her that they were there to help the human race who was in distress. As far as contactee stories go, I’m mostly skeptical, but this contactee is entirely believable and her footage is incredible and confirmed unaltered by professional film people. Related to this, I have read recently that UFO sighting reports have been on the rise. I have heard some suggest that because of the increasing levels of negativity on our planet, that we are sending out telepathic distress signals which are acting as beacons for ufonauts. I believe this to be possible because I have always operated on the opinion that our brains are antennae and we are all untrained ham operators of our own human radio. I think this also helps to explain the 6th sense and how some people, like myself, have some very odd things happen. It’s all intertwined in some way and I think eventually the pieces will start falling in place.

    Related to Mr. Johnston’s opinion that scientists will be the most alarmed, I’m not so sure. I’ve been reading The Pentagon’s Brain which a declassified history of DARPA and I firmly believe existing technology far surpasses what we KNOW to be available. I think there is a very high probability that alien technology is already in our hands and being used to develop all manner of things – mostly arms.

    • I agree that there’s strong evidence of covert advanced science going on, possibly controlled by an unelected secret branch of the US government, and possibly by a “breakaway” group of some sort. If this turns out to be the case, I’m sure this tight group of scientists will not be surprised by alien technology. In fact, there’s soft crash-retrieval evidence that they’ve already seen alien tech and have retro-engineered some of it. Time will tell.
      The surprise to most (2/3rds of) scientists may likely be to learn that scientifically advanced beings (aliens) do not share their atheism, “scientific materialism,” and disdain for spirituality and religion. Personally, I suspect that most species who have advanced far beyond us in science will objectively recognize the evidence of a transcendent mind (beyond space and time) in the genetic codes and fine-tuning of this universe at the level of physics.
      I’m sorry to hear that your mother lost her faith to a belief in aliens. This is a big deal to me. I think the cause of this sort of thing is often likely a matter of worldview collapse. I consider myself a Christian, but I keep my worldview completely flexible in terms of “infallible” books, heaven, hell, “satan,” afterlives, reincarnation, “salvation,” which religious group (if any) has accurate beliefs/ doctrines, etc. My only inflexible belief is in the existence of a benevolent personal God whose character is reflected in most of the sayings attributed to Jesus. I know my flexibility doesn’t qualify me as a Christian in most Christian’s minds, but my concern is that when everyone begins to realize that UFOs are real, and aliens exist, the drastic collapse of their brittle religious worldviews will take away nearly everyone’s belief and trust in the benevolent God I “met” through Christianity.
      Thank you for telling me about the video, “Capturing the Light.” I just googled it and will watch it soon. I really appreciate this.
      Like you, I favor the theory that our brains are more like receivers of consciousness, personal identity and messages both concrete and ethereal from beyond our skulls. I’m sure we are also generators of most of these same things, to some degree, but I doubt the materialist view that consciousness, etc. is an illusion arising from our brains by a purely physical (biochemical and bioelectric) mechanism. I also agree that we humans are in dire need of warnings and help from a species with less anger, greed and short-term judgement than we have so far demonstrated. Our nukes and genetic code tampering seem especially self-destructive.
      Thank you for your fascinating and well-informed thoughts. Be safe, Damelisa

  2. Thx, Dr. M.T. Moorehead for this very timely and illuminating account of your research plus the link to the ex-NASA employee, who was clearly very smart also, to save his prima facie evidence from the 1960’s. I am literally waiting my entire life now to see such evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligent life, which I also believe exists, and hoping they r benevolent. Such beings would likely be far beyond our limited intelligence to comprehend how they achieve their intergalactic spaceflights, and set up bases on the moon, as we r in our own infancy of both awareness and also scientific advancement such that we could do the same. I believe such alien beings would only be spiritual as a function of their benevolence, hoping that that is so, or else we r toast, as a species, very soon. But my supposition is a conceit of my own mind, trying to allay anxiety abt a spacefaring civilization far advanced from our own, to which we would have nary a prayer of defending ourselves, in case of hostility. It would be akin to an ant vs an elephant in a fight. So I am not an impartial observer on the question of whether they r spiritual or secular. Secular beings can also be inherently benevolent, but my own bias prevents me from seeing it as so. I just want us to have some chance in the cosmos to survive as a species, even tho we r bent on self destruction at this point in time. I am also over the age of concern, being 56 yrs of age, so I am at risk particularly due to my own pre existing health conditions plus that I live in Pandemic Central Queens, in New York City. However, I am still living because of my infection control background as a retired RN, so I am behaving prudently for the rest of u, as well as my own welfare.
    I definitely WANT, quite badly, to see proof of extra-terrestrial intelligent life! It would be like a dying man seeing the Savior. I am unique in my views also, being a converted Christian, of original Jewish origin.

    • Like you, I’ve been waiting a long time for proof of ET contact. My interest in aliens began, as best I recall, when I was 12 and a close friend who sang in our rock band told me how he and his family had seen a fleet of UFO’s over Lake Nacimiento in California. I still haven’t seen a UFO myself, but my son and several friends saw two of them in Washington State less than a year ago.
      I used to think that if I ever saw a UFO, it would change my life, giving me a new overall direction and sense of motivation, but now that I know they’re real, (like everyone else who gives the subject a bit of attention), and now that I feel about 99% sure that some UFO’s are piloted by alien life, I realize that seeing a UFO for myself wouldn’t change anything. I already know they exist, and seeing one wouldn’t prove that aliens are involved. I guess I’d have to have personal contact with an alien life form to experience a life-changing shift of some sort.

      Congratulations on your conversion to Christianity! I used to belong to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Their beliefs are probably closer to the Jewish faith than any other Christian denomination. Now I’m not a member of any church, but still insist on calling myself a Christian, because I really love and admire most of the actions and words attributed to Jesus, especially, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” I think this attitude will save our species from self-destruction.

      Be safe, Marshanewman11. I’m literally praying right now that you won’t be infected by the COVID virus. If you have type 2 diabetes (just a wild guess in the dark), please listen to Dr. Fung’s videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/drjasonfung. My son-in-law, a local family practitioner, is having success in reversing Type 2 Diabetes through dietary changes.

      • Thx 4 your response to me, Dr Moorehead! Just 4 the record, I am not diabetic, but have 3 risk factors that make me hi risk, re COVID. My strategy has so far been working tho, despite living in a heavily affected area of the USA. I treat everyone as if they r disease vectors. It is sad but so far working. Thx very much 4 your prayers and concern.

        • I live in Idaho where there are relatively few diagnosed cases, but I’m still in strict lock-down mode, thinking it best to wait and see if there’s a second wave before I get back to normal living. Since I’m retired, it’s no big deal. My dog, Halo, loves having me around ALL the time. The feeling’s mutual.

  3. Loved this post, Talmage! Thank you for sharing!

    My mind is having a field day as I evaluate the information presented here. A brief conclusion is there is more truth in any so-called science fiction novel than that we have been provided by our governing bodies.

    I am so grateful to be living long enough to see these events becoming public knowledge. I think it is a good indication that Humanity has graduated from grammar school and is now ready to begin a more advanced education, hopefully one wherein Science and Spirituality are combined.

    Wishing you and all you love well.
    From my Heart to your Heart in Love.
    Betty💞

    • Thank you, Betty.
      I think you’re right about science fiction. It was strange. When I was writing Hapa Girl DNA, I sometimes felt as if things were coming into my mind from somewhere beyond my imagination. Probably not, but for some classic SF writers, I suspect it’s true.

      Regarding our government hiding information that would benefit all of humanity, I’m certain that’s exactly what they would do if they thought the secrecy gave them an advantage over other countries.

      I agree, it’s great to be living to see a few big secrets coming out voluntarily through official channels rather than having to be dragged out by FOIA requests.

      I hope Mr. Johnston is right and disclosure of alien contact from the US Government comes out this November. I wouldn’t be surprised if humans have made alien contact in recent history, but I would be surprised if a President talks about it anytime soon.
      Be safe and always loved,
      Talmage

  4. Thank you for this interesting posting. I have always considered fundamentalism of any sort as an insult to our Creator. Anyone doing so limits the limitless breadth of God.

  5. I am just a regular open-minded lady who belives there are extraterrestrials who have advanced knowledge. Some may be out there in the universe and others may already be on our planet. The moon fascinates me for some reason and my grandson about ten years ago told me that is was a man-made moon with bases already established there and people or extraterrestrials already living there. Please keep the information coming regarding this subject as I find it absolutely fascinating. Most people think I’m just a little weird.

    • Being open-minded is a rare gift, or more likely a rarely developed talent. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if your grandson is right about the moon. There are so many strange objective facts about it. I doubt they’re all coincidences.
      You’re not weird at all. Neither am I. It’s the bulk of people who aren’t deeply interested in the now undeniable reality of UFO’s who may be a little eccentric. It’s denial on a grand scale, I think. It can’t last forever.

  6. Fascinating. It makes sense somehow. Not fully convinced of why the gov is doing it… if it’s doing something… but thanks a lot for the video, we’ll see what happens in the next months.

    • It seems that the US government is heavily influenced by unelected employees, corporations, world bankers, and perhaps secret societies of some sort. So I would suspect that there are internal divisions on every topic, including the disclosure of UFO information. I get the impression it’s a behind-the-scenes internal battle over every piece of UFO information that’s finally released to the public. If anything new comes out in November, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  7. All I can say for sure about extraterrestrials is that if they need to use spaceships, they’re mortals, as we are, and therefore they have to live by faith, as we do. Now, whether there’s a larger percentage of devout extraterrestrials than of humans, or whether their beliefs are more uniform than ours, there’s no way of telling at this point, but at least a few of them would have had to possess perfect faith, for God to have permitted them to visit Earth.

    • Your perspective is extremely interesting and valuable. Thanks for sharing it with me.

      If I understand what you’re saying, any ET’s that develop the technology to visit other inhabited worlds would have to have perfect faith and be benevolent towards humanity. This is virtually the same position taken by Steven Greer, MD, the UFO experiencer who recently released a movie called “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRK6IA–Swk

      With all my heart, I hope and pray that you and Dr. Greer are right about this. 🙂

      • Thank you for your kind reception of my comment. With your permission, I’ll expand on it:

        Reports of UFOs have been around for a very long time: Elijah and Elisha, as well as Ezekiel come to mind; however, while the “chariot of fire” that took Elijah up was probably manned by extraterrestrials, I’m more inclined to believe that what Ezekiel saw was a series of visions of future human military armament (the atomic bomb, bomber aircraft, jet fighters and helicopters), followed immediately by a vision of God upon his throne, which apparently was one vision too many for Ezekiel, because that was when he fainted. The difficulty that many people have with understanding these accounts stems from their not remembering that ancient pre-industrial people just didn’t have the vocabulary to accurately describe the marvels they were seeing in the heavens. (I don’t believe the Bible is “infallible,” but I do consider it to be of great worth, as an anthology of historical and prophetic writings.)

        Beings with mortal bodies need to use vehicles in order to travel away from the surface of their planet, or at great speeds, or for great distances. Beings who are immortal (unembodied or disembodied spirits, and resurrected persons) don’t need vehicles to go anywhere in the universe (they probably make use of the “wormholes” implied by the theory of general relativity and described by quantum mechanics and string theory). This would explain why Elijah needed a “chariot of fire” to leave Earth, but angels, devils, the ghosts of the deceased, Moses and Elias (during the transfiguration), and the resurrected Christ can appear or disappear at will (sometimes a cloud has been seen, obscuring their departure).

        The technological knowledge needed to create self-propelled vehicles (motor vehicles, trains, aircraft, spacecraft) numbers among the gifts of an omniscient God, which he gives to his children only when he knows they’re prepared to learn to use them. As Jesus said, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16); I believe that it’s just as likely that he was referring to extraterrestrials as well as to the “lost tribes” of Israel. Although I believe that we human beings were the first of God’s children to be sent to experience mortality on a planet, the possibility that some of our spirit brothers and sisters who were later born on other planets may have qualified to receive knowledge of space travel technology and develop it to an advanced stage, before the people of Earth did, is logical to me.

        As one of several persons in my family who have seen ghosts, I believe in the benevolent nature of the appearance of the spirits of the deceased (there are also false “hauntings” that are perpetrated by devils, but that’s a discussion for another day). Similarly, although there are normal natural phenomena (usually associated with weather) that can be mistaken for UFOs belonging to extraterrestrials, I have no trouble believing that many of our spirit siblings were sent to other planets to work out their salvation and exaltation, and that some of them, by virtue of their perfect faith and righteousness, have earned the blessing of witnessing God’s work elsewhere in the universe, even while they still live in their mortal bodies. Because benevolence towards all life created by God necessarily accompanies perfect faith, I have no anxiety about the intent or outcome of any “close encounter” that may occur.

        • I don’t think I have ever considered the possibility that other life would have shared the same “history” as us as far as God is concerned. That’s very interesting and something I’ll be thinking about. Thank you!

        • I like your interpretation of Ezekiel’s vision. I’ve never heard it explained that way before. Thank you!
          I agree that the Bible, while not infallible (imho), is hugely valuable for spiritual growth and understanding. In fact, I think it’s more valuable to those who don’t take it as the final infallible word on every issure. For instance, one might read about Jacob and how he favored Joseph over his other sons, and take from that the “lesson” that it’s OK or somehow wise to favor one of your children over another. But to me, this story shows how wrong it is to favor one child over another, because of the outcome: the brothers’ hatred of Joseph and the grief their actions caused Jacob. Same thing with all the instances where God supposedly told Israel to attack and kill men, women, and children and steal their land. After doing that sort of thing, they eventually killed Jesus. To me, the lesson is clear. Don’t use religion to justify violence, killing, theft or genocide. But if the Bible is infallible, God really did command Israel to attack. And from that, some may conclude that God is currently ordering them to attack and kill their enemies. (This caused my falling out with my own church in 9/11/01.) In my heart, I know God would never do that. Not today, and not in the past. (Of course, I could be wrong. I often am.)
          I hope your worldview (or universe view) is correct and any aliens who show up here are benevolent with perfect faith in God. It seems that we humans are about to inhabit other planets like Mars (Space-X), and perhaps already have advanced interstellar vehicles (black-budget technology). But we humans are about as far from perfect faith as a turtle is from flying. Inherent in your confidence that aliens will be benevolent if they arrive is the assumption that God makes rules about travel between planets that differ from his rules about travel between continents. (Europe slaughtered the folks in the Americas.) It’s nice to have confidence in your spiritual worldview, but my concern is that if this assumption is wrong, many people of faith with many different but equally confident worldviews, might throw out God with their spiritual worldviews if aliens land and don’t behave as predicted.
          Personally, I think the evidence available to us now, though weak and far from conclusive, suggests that aliens have already arrived on Earth and don’t seem to uniformly demonstrate perfect faith in God or benevolence toward humanity. It’s too early to tell for sure, but I’m keeping my worldview open so my belief in God’s benevolence will be unshakable if things don’t go as my worldview predicts.

  8. Wonderful. We are on the same beam. Have you read Rupert Sheldrake, “The Science Delusion?” Great book. I blogged on it. I just re-posted it the other day. Cheers!

    • Thanks. Glad to be on the same beam with you.
      I haven’t read Sheldrake’s “The Science Delusion” yet, but I’m reading his “Science Set Free.” I admire the way he can step back, identify, and question the subtle assumptions (leaps of faith) that scientists make, often at a subconscious level.
      I look forward to reading your post “The Science Delusion.”
      Stay healthy. 🙂

      • I need to get that one too and read it. We need a new ethical science set free from the power hungry politics, money and ego. I turn on notifications for your posts.

        • You’re so right. Scientists have to work within strict worldview guidelines set up by the egos of tenured professors and the ambitions of ruthless CEO’s. If a scientist strays and questions mainstream dogma, she finds herself banned from publication, financially ruined and socially ostracized. Examples are easy to find.
          We have a pathetic, infantile system of science that’s more about self-preservation than truth. Like political outrage-porn on TV, winning the worldview war is all that matters to these people.

  9. As a scientist, I have been taught to weigh evidence before drawing conclusions. However, what you say about the assumption of superior methodology is true. I have had many ‘unexplainable’ experiences in life and it is very hard to give them credence and not appear ridiculous. It is easier and safer to find a scientific explanation even though our science may not be up to the task.

    • I’d be very interested to hear all the details of your unexplainable experiences, if you’d care to share them.

      The working definition of evidence tends to be black-and-white in mainstream medicine. Many MD’s believe that basic science papers involving “lab animals,” observational papers, and all correlation studies are NOT evidence at all and should be ignored until blinded, controlled, randomized, prospective human studies are done. There can be a dozen large correlations studies and hundreds of basic science papers pointing in one consistent direction, X causes Y, but if one tiny blinded, controlled study comes up negative, MD’s will usually say, “There is no evidence that X causes Y.” It’s sad and damaging to our patients. It’s not based upon “scientific materialism” but it’s the same sort of black-and-white thinking.

      In other fields of potential science, the evidence is often similarly denied its value. For instance, there is experimental evidence that conscious intent affects random number generators, but mainstream science ignores it because they already know such things are impossible under the untestable worldview of “scientific materialism.” Therefore, all ESP studies must have been faked or otherwise fatally flawed.

      “Still a man sees what he wants to see and disregards the rest.” – Paul Simon

      The double-slit laser experiment makes me suspect that human science has intrinsic limitations in understanding reality. Still, I’m all in favor of science attempting to study all evidence available to us rather than selecting only the materialistic evidence and labeling everything else worthless nonsense.

      I’ve had a few small experiences with dreams that seem to defy a materialistic explanation. As a scientist, I’m interested in a scientific explanation of these dreams, but I don’t insist upon a materialistic explanation. I think genuine science goes beyond the untestable assumptions and political confines of “scientific materialism.”

      • Hard to say if any of my experiences would make sense. One problem is that, with time, I tend to explain them away. I put them into three categories: 1. messages from ‘the other side’ … an example, for the year after my mom died, a little yellow bird came repeatedly to every window in the house, trying to ‘get in.’ 2. hard to believe coincidences … an example, before she died, my aunt challenged me to a weight loss contest and told me to pick my prize from her possessions. I chose a small painting she’d received from Sunday School as a prize, and she was very disappointed, more or less cancelled the contest. When she died, I helped clean out her home and ended up with boxes in my car. I did not assemble the contents of these boxes but when I opened the first box, the little painting was on top. 3. actual sightings. one night at my office I was all alone in the big building. As I came from my office, I saw a large windowed box like a telephone booth in the hall and inside was a woman who saw me at the same time and registered surprise … the image faded immediately. I have many examples of the first two types and a few examples of the third. One more example of type 2. When she was alive my mom always sent me a cheque for $25 per month, in spite of the fact I had a very good job. One month she sent the cheque to me and I lost it. I knew I would have to confess eventually because Mom kept pristine accounts. About a month later (it was winter) I got out of my car in the work parking lot. As I walked across the lot, I noticed that there was a bit of paper caught in the chain link fence at the extreme south of the parking lot. I went out of my way to check it out and imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the lost cheque. That’s enough.

        • Thank you, Jane. Wow! I can’t thank you enough for sharing these fascinating and moving experiences you’ve had. The emotional impact of each is somehow both subtle and powerful. The woman in the telephone booth blows me away completely. I once did neurofeedback in the clinic of a man who, together with his dog, saw a “ghost” in his new apartment. His dog reacted by barking, if I recall correctly.

          These phenomena are certainly real, in the same way that our Universe herself is “real.” It’s too bad our current version of science refuses to take immaterial things (other than dark matter, which probably doesn’t exist at all) seriously.

          My current worldview, which is always flexible and not set in stone by any means, is that God has placed us in a simulation akin to the old Star Trek holodeck. We each have decided to come here for a specific reason, I’m guessing. I sometimes suspect that there are only two people in this Holodeck Universe at one “time,” meaning that if every being in the Universe could be objectively identified, there would be only two people at a “time” within the Universe, inhabiting all the creatures here that have any level of awareness. Schrödinger thought there was only one “mind” in the Universe. He was more likely right than I am, of course, but I still feel as if there seem to be two of us here.

          If only there were a way to study identity itself through rigorous science and find out the truth of ourselves and who we really are. But perhaps that’s the purpose of this simulated Universe from God’s and/or our own perspective outside the simulation, assuming this holodeck speculation is in some unlikely way accurate. Guesses usually aren’t accurate, though ironically, we tend to speak more dogmatically about our worldview guesses when the data supporting them is scant or absent.

          I’ve just begun reading your posts and enjoying your drawings at https://janetims.com/page/1/. Again, Wow! Anybody reading this should go there immediately and discover your intriguing science fiction poetry and remarkably intimate pencil drawings of your characters. Not to mention the benevolence that comes through in every line of your posts.

          Speaking of benevolence, I recently gave Downton Abby a try, since my wife enjoys it so much. Before long, I realized that it’s about unusually principled people rather than the hyper-flawed characters in most of the TV series I’ve enjoyed in the past. And after watching Downton Abby each evening, I felt my own behavioral compass shift towards a greater tendency to be understanding and benevolent. There was no cognitive decision or effort on my part, it just happened to me.

          The power of fiction seems to include a magical transformation of viewers and readers into the moral likeness of the characters depicted. I’ve always suspected this, but now it’s perfectly clear to me, (n=1). So, Jane, I’m thankful you’re such a prolific writer. Keep up the fantastic work you’re doing to make our planet a better place.

          • Thanks. Nice to read a thorough answer. Just a quick response to your holodeck model. There is an older story, perhaps an episode of Twilight Zone, where everyone’s ‘world’ is newly constructed each day. In the episode one of the people ‘wakes up’ to discover the ‘construction’ going on. Wish I could see that episode again!

            • I loved Twilight Zone. It broadened my thinking at an early age. I must have missed the episode you’re mentioning and would love to see it now. When I try to imagine a reality or simulation with a new history created for each of us every day, I’m reminded of how helpless we are to test our basic assumptions about reality. At least we’re able to question our assumptions, assuming we can identify them.

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