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This world may be a simulation. We may be figments of the imagination of a daydreaming god. We may be pure mathematics, or data in some cosmic computer. Or we could be physical beings, or some combination of the above. However, if this world has one characteristic to rely on, it’s this: it creates the same response to the same causal impetus.
That means if you pick up a ball and hold your arm up away from your body and drop the ball, it will fall — every time. Even if a friend sneaks a hand in there to catch it, it will begin falling first. If you put a support table under your hand so the ball doesn’t drop, the effect can be observed that the instant the table is removed the ball drops.
Daniel Abella is the founder and director behind the Philip K. Dick International Film Festival, which just held its third annual event this January at Tribeca Cinemas, NYC. I spoke with him about Philip K. Dick’s ongoing, reality-bending influence on cinematic expression.
J: What compelled you to start a Philip K. Dick film festival?
D: I have been a big fan of Philip K. Dick since learning he was compared to Jorge Luis Borges by Ursula LeGuin. After reading VALIS, Ubik and The Divine Invasion, I found a writer of great depth approaching some modern day philosophers. Philip K. Dick represents a distinctive voice that speaks of a bygone era in science fiction where humanity is prized and valued. My first film feature The Final Equation(1) was inspired by Philip K Dick’s mind bending 2-3-74 experience of meeting an alien intelligence he called VALIS. Based upon the good reception of the film it occurred to me that other filmmakers may want a forum to express their ideas and stories.… Read the rest
I have been a believer in ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) for a long time and this is why my students do well in my classes. I literally will them to do better. Before you label me a bigger nut than what you may think I already am, read on.
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I don’t think there is a mother living that hasn’t at one time or another had a thought or feeling prior to something significant happening. This is known as precognition. My mother used to say things like, “I had a sneaking suspicion this would happen.” Or, “I had this certain feeling about that.”
Mothers do seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to knowing their kids. Their brain is sending them messages they don’t routinely receive.
Not surprising, there is much we don’t know about the brain. Consider this.
In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews the first and only cabinet-ranking official from a G8 nation to publicly state a belief in extraterrestrials.
Via We Are Change
In this video Luke Rudkowski talks with visionary artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey about their definition of consciousness and spirituality as well as the spiritual and practical uses of the Cannabis plant.
Via We Are Change
Sophie Elmhirst writing at Prospect Magazine:
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In the middle of the graveyard in Vissoie, a small town in the Swiss mountain valley of Anniviers, stands a grey stone cross. For years, the cross was the focus of a local competition among the town’s teenagers. The brief was simple: turn up at midnight, sit by the cross, and whoever lasts the longest wins. By day, the task doesn’t seem too onerous. The graveyard is absurdly picturesque, perched on the side of a hill next to the church, the valley dropping away to a river, mountains on the far side rising up against a faultless blue sky. Even the graves are palatable: there’s no ornate Victoriana here, no ghoulishness or mawkish angels, no sentimental inscriptions; just a few rows of simple wooden crosses planted in the ground. (A rule was declared in the town that the dead should all be commemorated identically, to prevent wealth-displaying one-upmanship.)
Not long ago, Bernard Crettaz, an eminent Swiss sociologist who was born and raised in Vissoie, sat on a stone wall by the shared grave of his parents—Pierre and Genevieve—and recalled his year of competition.
By Laurence W. Britt via Information Clearing House:
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The cliché that people and nations learn from history is not only overused, but also overestimated; often we fail to learn from history, or draw the wrong conclusions. Sadly, historical amnesia is the norm.
We are two-and-a-half generations removed from the horrors of Nazi Germany, although constant reminders jog the consciousness. German and Italian fascism form the historical models that define this twisted political worldview. Although they no longer exist, this worldview and the characteristics of these models have been imitated by protofascist1 regimes at various times in the twentieth century. Both the original German and Italian models and the later protofascist regimes show remarkably similar characteristics. Although many scholars question any direct connection among these regimes, few can dispute their visual similarities.
Republished with permission from Occupy.com
Do you plan on disrupting the hearing?” he asked. The long hallway outside Dirksen Senate Building Room 215 was filling up. What started as just a few people at five past 8 a.m. had now turned into something closer to 40 or 50 by 9:30.
The officer had asked me to step out of line so he could specifically ask me that question. “I just plan on taking pictures,” I said, motioning towards the camera hanging around my neck.
“Does anyone in that group plan on disrupting?” he asked, pointing at the others at the front of the line.
“I don’t know. You’d have to ask them.”
He didn’t ask. And they did disrupt.
As Cassidy Regan reported: “Activists with signs and banners chanting ‘No TPP!’ and ‘No Fast Track!’ were escorted from the Senate Finance Committee hearing room shortly after the U.S. Trade Representative took the microphone.”
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There are ridiculous inconsistencies being planted in the media, sprouting forth poisoned truth about the honeybees and the systemic pesticides killing them. This beckons the question: to what extend does Big Agriculture influence the way science is researched and reported in order to benefit their corporate agendas and pockets? Or do they sincerely believe they can ‘feed the world’ with this shit?
Recently a friend sent me an article titled Bee Deaths Reversal: As Evidence Points Away From Neonics As Driver, Pressure Builds To Rethink Ban. The wordy title hinting that systemic pesticides are safe seemed suspect, but because the op-ed piece was published in Forbes, a reputable publication, I knew many would read it as bonafide truth. I would have too if I hadn’t studied bees and colony collapse disorder for the past eight years. I am the director of a documentary film called Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page. I owe my life to the bees in many respects.… Read the rest
Jill Reilly at The Daily Mail:
Twenty-one dolls on bamboo stakes have been mysteriously found in an Alabama swamp.
Autauga County sheriff’s deputies traveled by canoe into Bear Creek Swamp on Tuesday to recover the dolls, whose faces and hair were painted white.
Most of the dolls are porcelain and have the appearance of being antique, reports The Montgomery Advertiser.
Autauga County Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger said authorities tried to contact the timber company that owns the land, but no one got back to them.
‘I noticed the dolls several weeks ago while driving through the swamp working on a stolen vehicle report,’ he sad.
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