Do we perceive ‘time’ as it actually exists or is our brain deceiving us for what is real and what is not? Can we switch our lives, or biological existence, on and off without losing our awareness of what is happening around us?
From prehistory to this day, we have been haunted by our memories, the past itself, by inklings of the future, by events playing outside our lives, and by ourselves. Hence the lure of ghost stories throughout history and presumably prehistory. Science, many say, has been a great destroyer of myth and superstition, but over time scientists have, among others, created new black boxes, aka film camera’s, which we are filling with our ghostly imagination.
One way to look at the myriad realities you can hop in and out with full awareness is to imagine the world as a book case. As far as you can see …trillions and trillions of books, which are standing on an equal amount of shelves, some are thick, some thin…some with multiply colors while others might look dark and dull.
Walking along all these different books while running your finger across the backs, every now and then one of them draws your attention. Why? Perhaps by its shape or bright colors or, perhaps, it has fallen from the shelve. Regardless why that particular book is drawing your attention, you carefully read the cover following the summery on the back side. You read the first pages…absorbing the information presented by the text written. Instantly it is dragging you into this foggy state of a new reality or better said; the agreement in where we experiencing an idealistic or notional idea of ‘things’.
Did our brain found a brilliant technique to slow down and speed up time?
Another way to imagine dying is like time travel, except instead of journeying into the future or seeing Ancient Rome, you go to eternity, see nothing, and never come back.
We have no idea where people go when they die; it’s what makes death so scary and awful. But the sense that they obviously go somewhere—that the person in front of us, situated in the time and space we share, suddenly gets transported to another realm; that their consciousness flickers, then vanishes—also makes death incredibly inconvenient from a logistical standpoint.
The question of whether life continues after death has been at the forefront of many researchers, still, a conclusive answer in not forthcoming. It seems that we just cannot wrap our minds around this timeless area what lies between the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death and the hereafter.
Creepy as it might sound but many thoughts go out to the idea that, if we want to find out what a NDE is and what it means, our psychological knowledge has to “die”. Meaning, we have to let go of the density objects seem to posses and thus the material version of what we have become to understand as “life” or “reality”. This makes us experiencing the world around as a two point-projection perspective creating for us to “see” an, compared to classical reality, odd, almost holographic, behavior in time and space.
Can we say that death is just an accidental suspension of the biological process known as life? Or do we have to seek the answers in a more spiritual realm?
With Bennett J. Vonderheide
At least thousand years before the medieval scribes start working on them, most myths and legends offered a base for many ancient religions. Uncountable vellums have being used during the medieval period to write down the translated semi-true stories. Stories which contain important meaning or symbolism for the culture in which it originates but with ‘mythical qualities’, and have been passed on from person-to-person. These myths and legends are important today because they help historians piece together the past.
Ex Nihilo? Perhaps…butimagine living 5,000 years ago… before science as we know it today, before publishing and before schools. Humanity needed a way of understanding the world around them specifically the relationship between humankind, a natural world and divinity.
This also with the mystery of Nomoli Gods and the stone figurines what has baffled man since Portuguese sailors first discovered them during the 1400’s in Africa.
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet” and this week I am speaking with Bennett Vonderheide, also known as “Nomoli Ben” about how old these figurines really are…who carved them and why and…do they still contain ancient mystical powers?[Top]
“Everything seems to be immensely creepy until we know and understand its source. Therefore, can we, with some caution, state that this the reason why we fear death this deeply? Do we fear death due to us neither understanding the source nor the cause of the origin of life?”
Having the privilege to speak briefly with John Martin Fischer, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of “Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife” and “Death, Immortality, and Meaning in Life”, via email, he mentioned to me that not only he is donating one of his intriguing articles to the September edition of The Next Truth… Prof. John M. Fischer also mentioned that he, due to a busy schedule, might answer some of your questions concerning his research on NDE’s.
You can submit your question in the comments below. Due to him not using social media, your question(s) submitted will be converted in a Q&A and published via the website of The Next Truth. http://nexttruth.com/
NOTE: There is a limit of maximal 10 questions which will be mailed to Prof. John M. Fischer!
Prof. Fischer’s UC Riverside profile: www.philosophy.ucr.edu
Scrolling through his publications, lectures, and interviews: www.alaw003.wixsite.com
Purchasing his books: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Immortality-Meaning-FDMNTLS-PHILOS/dp/0190921145[Top]
You cannot make out its features … you think it is your own shadow cast on the wall by a misplaced light… but as you stand still… the shadow… suddenly… moves!
From prehistory to this day, we have been haunted by our memories, the past itself, by inklings of the future, and … by eerie stories about ghosts and dark shadows which seem to own the nightly hours.
We have no idea where people go when they die; it’s what makes death so scary and awful. But the sense that they obviously go somewhere—that the person in front of us, situated in the time and space we share, suddenly gets transported to another realm; that their consciousness flickers, then vanishes—makes death incredibly inconvenient from any logistical standpoint.
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”. This week I am speaking with the Co-founder and Team Medium of Paranormal Research York from the United Kingdom Kevin Spindloe about what it is that really bumps in the night.[Top]
Welcome…you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, a weekly podcast that explores mind dazzling scientific research, theories, paradoxes, the connections between accepted and noetic science and…everything in between.
This week’s guest is an American social psychologist and the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where he founded the environmental studies program and chaired the psychology department for a period of 10 years.
Prof. McAndrew is specialized in the study of environmental psychology and nonverbal communication and became best known for his pioneering work on gossip, creepiness and the psychology of mass shootings. https://www.frankmcandrew.com/
In his mid-career, Frank moved into the study of evolutionary psychology where he became best known for his pioneering work on gossip, creepiness and the psychology of mass shootings. https://www.frankmcandrew.com/
In recent years, he has become an essayist and purvey… p.p.pur… purveyo… (sigh), supplier of psychological science to lay audiences.
English does contain some eerie and difficult words, does it not?
However … Frank is an elected fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science, The Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Midwestern Psychological Association.
He received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from King’s College in Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maine…. and has published his articles in dozens of well-known popular media outlets such as Time, CNN, Salon, and Scientific American and he is a blogger for Psychology Today Magazine.[Top]
“Paranormal Underground; The Backbone of The Next Truth”
With the founders and owners of PUG, Cheryl Knight-Wilson & Chad Wilson
Welcome to the very first podcast of “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, a weekly podcast in where scientists and citizen scientists speak about their incredible research with you to explore these awe-inspiring theories, mind dazzling paradoxes, the connections between accepted and noetic science and…everything in between.
I’m your host Maria Anna van Driel and this week I have the privilege to speak with Cheryl Knight-Wilson and Chad Wilson who are the founders and owners of Paranormal Underground magazine.
Not only are Cheryl and Chad’s magazine and podcasts your connection to the paranormal world as they are covering a wide variety of topics that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding… they are also the backbone of The Next Truth! Without their support, courage and energy… The Next Truth would never been born in the first place.[Top]
It was October 2018 that The Next Truth launched her very first magazine. Since then many of you have became familiar with the magazines look. This has slightly changed as both magazines of The Next Truth has gained a NEW LOOK.
These new layouts are not be withheld from you and can now be downloaded as a free PDF.
The Next Truth is not coming back with new editions containing fasinating articles, we are also going to present with you a weekly podcast in where renowned scientists and citizen scientists speak about their incredible research, awe-inspiring theories and mind dazzling paradoxes for you to explore the connections between accepted and noetic science.
So, fasten your galactic seatbelts and stay tuned as our guests will amaze you with their new research conducted what will let you balance on the edge of your chair for sure!
- Questions you have been walking around with for years? The Next Truth provides an answer! Email your questions to; email@example.com
Journalism… what is it? We tend to think that this profession speaks only of releasing the latest news on scientific research conducted, Wallstreet updates, war activities in foreign countries, among others, in written articles and/or TV-broadcasts.
Even though these news releases are a perfect information source for us to know what is happening in the world, they do contain a certain sound of distance. I mean, when we are listening to, for instance, a scientist speaking of his or her latest findings, our minds are sliding in an almost hyper-state and starts to make overtime as it is trying to wrap itself around the complex content and the myriad professional terms these conversations and explanations contain.
Now, how many of you think in that moment, “Pffft, this is beyond my understanding” find it all tremendously dull and zap to a different channel?
With all due respect for my colleague journalists, but I think this effect is spawning from writing, or presenting, these awesome and awe-inspiring theories from a point of view that is too technological, too static. Yes, the articles written by scientists and citizen scientists are important releases for sure but the author(s) of these articles are equally important. And here is where The Next Truth differs from well-known journalism.
Who are these scientists? What influenced them to step into their field of research and… where is their research going to lead for them and for us?
Stay tuned as The Next Truth is in the process of conducting interviews which will be broadcasted as podcasts and contain their personal stories.[Top]
As I have announced some time previous, the upcoming issue of The Next Truth (May) is discussing war traumas, behavioral science, how to help a loved one who is suffering from PTSD, alternative solutions for dealing with PTSD, among others.
During the past two weeks I have spoken with several Neuro-Psychologists and (clinical) Psychologists and read a myriad of articles concerning Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The pro’s and con’s of medical and spiritual healing processes were indeed an interesting topic to discuss as well as trauma being the main cause for a foggy/altered reality. Still, that one particular question seems to be hard to answer; “Is it possible for people to experience unexplained phenomena, aka the paranormal, while being under extreme psychological pressure for a longer period?” (Think of those traumas created by war-, sexual-, domestic violence, kidnapping, among others)
When we think about it for a moment, it is remarkable to see that the brain is, somehow, capable of ‘choosing’ such a vivid form of processing the stress that is accompanied with PTSD. In this it would be an almost logical line of thought that this reality is as real as the sandwich you are eating during lunch. Right?
How do ‘you’ explain this vivid effect what seems to have a tremendous impact on people’s thinking and behaviour?
– 3 till 5 explanations will be published in the issue of May and if that is not cool enough, the person whose answer is published will receive a free PDF version of the May edition. www.magcloud.com[Top]