Saturday, May 17, 2008

This Will Blow Your Mind

Last night G and I watched the movie Suspect Zero on DVD. It's a pretty wild murder mystery starring Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kingsley. Just by the star power alone, I would have thought that this movie would have been more talked about. However, it apparently failed to do well at the box office.

The movie was released in 2004 and I only learned about it a few months ago from a friend of mine. Now to be honest, the movie was just okay. What fascinated me the most was the DVD extras, which explains the factual elements around Remote Viewing that are contained in the movie.

I can't explain this very well, but basically my understanding of Remote Viewing is that it's a process where a person at a remote location can gather information about something, someone, or an event that may have already happened or may happen in the future at another location. It doesn't matter how far away. The information is gathered by means other than through the ordinary five senses, basically a type of ESP. It seems pretty wild in the movie and they talk about how the military and CIA used it during the Cold War to gather information about the Soviet Union. Here is an article.

So as you're watching the movie, it sounds kind of crazy, but then the DVD extras show interviews with people who actually participated in the US Government's Stargate Project. Many documents were declassified; thus the basis for the movie. Many more documents are still classified and supposedly the program was shut down around 1995. It makes me wonder if maybe there is still some program now.

The paranormal has always fascinated me. I remember seeing the Amazing Kreskin as a kid. I went with a friend and her parents. He told all of us in the audience to close our eyes and imagine a shape. He was going to attempt to put the image in all of our heads. I closed my eyes and saw a circle with a triangle in it. That seemed bizarre to me, because that was two shapes. After a few minutes, he told us what he was thinking. It was circle with a triangle! I thought that was so cool and a bit creepy at the same time.

Before then and since then, there have been enough unexplainable things that have happened to me and people that I know, that I do believe that there is something to the paranormal. I believe that our perception extends far beyond the five senses. What about you?

Oh and interestingly enough, Kreskin has predicted who will win the presidential election, but has yet to reveal it. Maybe we will learn something soon.

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Mosilager said...

I generally believe in evidence... and there hasn't been enough evidence yet for paranormal things. I've never had a paranormal experience, so maybe that's why.

I still think that if somebody can predict the future, wouldn't the next winning lottery ticket number be the one that they would predict? Or maybe a plane crash... something that's useful to either them or somebody else... in the absence of any evidence of that for me the jury's still out.

Anali said...

mosilager - With you being a scientist, I can definitely see where evidence is what you know that you can rely on. If nothing paranormal had ever happened to me, maybe I wouldn't believe in it either.

It seems that people who have these kinds of experience cannot control it, so they cannot necessarily pick winning tickets. They are just tuned into what comes to them.

Suldog said...

I think there are more things in heaven and earth... etc., but ESP is something I don't truly put much stock in. I do find coincidences, that may appear to be some sort of psychic phenomena, fascinating and fun. I'll reserve judgment until more evidence can be had.

As for Kreskin, if he was really sure, he'd reveal it now, IMHO.

Anali said...

suldog - I guess what Kreskin did was to put the name in a locked box and told two people I think, so it can be verified if he was right. It will be interesting to see.

T. said...


I should be a "strictle evidence-based" type of person, considering my profession, but the truth is I don't think our senses and measurements tell us the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

I enjoy stories about the paranormal too and am reading a book about a surgeon's encounters with it via his patients. I love stuff like that.

Anali said...

t - That books sounds really good. Considering my profession, I guess I should be more evidence based too. That's all well and good for work, but in my "real" life, I know that there is more than what we can see. We're simpatico on this one! ; )

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