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Mysterious Universe Podcast – Dean Radin

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Renowned parapsychologist Dean Radin joins us this week to discuss Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe. 

 Radin’s latest work reveals the overwhelming scientific evidence for a genuine but hidden power that resides within each individual. A power tied to our consciousness. A power that makes phenomena like telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and psychokinesis not only possible, but inevitable. 

If you get it, run with it. If you don’t such is life. Have a wonderful week. We are way more than mundane.

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generationexorcist:

CIA Document Confirms Reality Of ‘Special Humans’ Able To Do ‘Impossible’ Things

Cases of mind influencing matter have been reported throughout history and across many cultures, more specifically in regard to ‘supernormal’ abilities which include telepathy, psychokinesis, and other phenomena that lie within the realms of parapsychology. This is evident in ancient literature, from the Vedic texts and the yoga sutras, to Jesus, Moses, Milarepa,  Mohammed and more.

Modern day evidence is suggesting that these abilities are much more than folklore.

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Paranormal Library | Maryland Paranormal Research ®:

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Library of parapsychology research references used by Maryland Paranormal Research ® for work in the field. This page links to sponsored content

Paranormal Library | Maryland Paranormal Research ®

Paranormal Library | Maryland Paranormal Research ®:

Library of parapsychology research references used by Maryland Paranormal Research ® for work in the field. This page links to sponsored content

Gauld, A., & Cornell, A. D. (1979). Poltergeists. Routledge…

Gauld, A., & Cornell, A. D. (1979). Poltergeists. Routledge Kegan & Paul.

Leading study from parapsychologists Gauld and Cornell first published in 1979. The researchers performed a cluster analysis on 500 published cases of hauntings and poltergeists spanning from the 9th through the 20th centuries. Of the total, 328 were poltergeist cases and 172 were haunting cases. Hauntings involved recurrent phenomena that were place-centered, persisting on/off for several years, often occurring at night. The principal activity in hauntings was “imitative noises.” They took issue with notions that poltergeist activity mainly arises from psychokinesis in living persons. (Sponsored)

REFERENCE:

Gauld, A., & Cornell, A. D. (1979). Poltergeists. Routledge Kegan & Paul. Sponsored

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bio-child:

I just want to share a unique experience:

Both my parents swear to me this is a true story and they
were 100% sober when it occurred. They were in their twenties, it was before I
was born.

They were in the car on their way somewhere, just a few
blocks from home. My dad was driving and my mom was in the passenger seat.

They made a left hand turn onto Meridian Avenue. A
middle-aged man, whom they described as looking disheveled or possibly
homeless, was crossing the street nearby. They both looked at this man, made
eye contact. Then, my dad said something to my mom about the man and my mom
answered him – but both of them spoke in a completely foreign tongue. They don’t
know what exactly they were saying or what language they’d just spoken, they
only had a sense it was conversation about the man. As quick as it happened, it
was over, they both snapped out of it and were in shock of what had just
happened, pulling over to the side of the road to collect themselves. It’s
their most surreal, paranormal experience.

They’re pretty sure it was somehow connected to this man who
was crossing the street and it could be something along the lines of all three
of them having known each other in a past life (if you believe in that kind of
stuff). It’s one of my favorite mysterious true stories, and I thought about it
the other day and was talking to my mom about it, saying I wanted to look into
if anyone else has had similar experiences since we have the internet now, and
the opportunity to share such events. So, I looked it up and found out that
there’s a name for the phenomenon, and it’s called Xenoglossy.

From most experiences that have been recorded, it seems like
it usually occurs individually rather than in a group. I think it’s really neat
that my parents experienced this together, and conversed with one another. Many
others who have had somewhat similar experiences also believe it comes from
past life knowledge. It makes me think of how anything is possible. I’d love to
hear if you or anyone you know has ever experienced xenoglossy.

PF Lyceum Forum Physical Mediumship Rosemari…

PF Lyceum Forum Physical Mediumship Rosemarie Pilkington on the Bindelof Case

Dr Rosemarie Plkington discusses her book, The Spirit of Dr Bindelof: The Enigma of Seance Phenomena (2010), giviing her take on a group of intelligent teenagers in 1920 who attempted to investigate their experiences. 

The event was part of the Parapsychology Foundation’s online four-week long course that took place in October of 2016 on physical mediumship.

 Moderated by Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone. 

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The Magic in Creating Synchronicities

The Magic in Creating Synchronicities:

Going back through the ages, way beyond the 400 years of modern science, we can find practical wisdom that helps us to adapt and flourish within the increasing intensity of life in the digital age.

Think about how to create coincidences. Certain personalityvariables including openness and belief facilitate psi experiences. Certain situations like transition, high emotion and need increase the likelihood of coincidences. Culling through ancient wisdom, Dean Radin reports in his book Real Magic(link is external)  that we need to embrace our own teleological abilities—to imagine a desired future and “let the world conspire” to make it happen. We have to be careful though. We must respect the free will and autonomy of others. For example, if the woman I love does not want to be with me but prefers to be with another man. I must not hope for the end of her new relationship. That would be attempting to subvert her will to mine. Ancient observations suggest those attempting to subvert the free will of another often have that negativity snap back at them.

Dean describes a four part synchronicity in which two people who do not know each other imagine a reciprocally desired future. They are somehow drawn to each other and fulfill their mutually desired future images.

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blogparanormalexpresso2stuff:

Art Bell EVP show (originally broadcast on 10/18/2003)

Published on 11 May 2015

*Ghost-ops.net does not own this audio; it was copied from the radio years ago. Enjoy. =)

Air Date: Saturday – October 18, 2003
Host: Art Bell (Coast-to-Coast AM)
Guests: Brendan Cook, Barbara McBeath

EVP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron…

Within ghost hunting and parapsychology, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded. Parapsychologist Konstantīns Raudive, who popularized the idea in the 1970s, described EVP as typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.

Enthusiasts consider EVP to be a form of paranormal phenomena often found in recordings with static or other background noise, however, psychologists regard EVP as a form of auditory pareidolia (interpreting random sounds as voices in one’s own language) and a pseudoscience promulgated by popular culture. Prosaic explanations for EVP include apophenia (perceiving patterns in random information), equipment artifacts, and hoaxes.

Summary:
In a rebroadcast from 10/18/03, Brendan Cook & Barbara McBeath of the Ghost Investigators Society presented another selection of recorded ghost voices, known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP).

Website(s):
ghostpix.com
http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/20…

Biography:
Brendan Cook is the webmaster for the G.I.S. (Ghost Investigators Society) website and collaborates on events, stories, pictures and EVPs posted there. He has conducted presentations on behalf of the Society and been a spokesperson for the them on radio, TV and a USU documentary.

Barbara McBeath has independently researched and studied the spirit & ghost phenomena for over 40 years. She authored the G.I.S. (Ghost Investigators Society) Protocol and analyzes and collaborates on events, EVP’s, stories, pictures and videos for their website. She also has conducted lectures and presentations and has been a spokesperson on behalf of the Society in a USU documentary, and on TV and radio.

marylandparanormal: Exploring Nursing Ghost S…

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Exploring Nursing Ghost Stories through Machine Learning: Topic Discovery with Latent Dirichlet Allocation

NOTE: Click to open graphics for an expanded and clearer view of the findings they contain  

As reported in earlier posts, the Allnurses.com web site hosts a long-running moderated discussion thread called “Nursing Ghost Stories” (NGS).  The NGS collection spans over a decade (2005-2017) amounting to 199 pages as of the time of this writing.  As a dataset NGS contains multiple first and second hand accounts and commentary on paranormal type experiences 

The archive contains classic examples of ghosts and hauntings phenomena.  Patients were generally the percipients in ghost experiences.   Sometimes the ghosts in question appeared to be former nurses in period dress, or former doctors and patients, or former area residents.  However, these kinds of paranormal experiences did not dominate the collection  

In actuality, the NGS archive conveys several varieties of psi and post-mortem survival phenomena.  The archive contains several examples of extrasensory perception and presentiment in particular  

There were also examples of after-death communication (ADC), which are sensed-presence or apparitional experiences involving deceased family members or friends.  Unlike hauntings which are place-centered, ADC encounters are person-centered involving meaningful coincidences (or synchronicities) for the percipients.  ADC encounters are more common among widows and widowers, but are not exclusive to them

The archive contains several reports of near-death experiences (NDEs). However, the more representative encounters involved nearing death awareness (NDA) type experiences.  In NDA situations, terminally-ill patients experiencing death-bed visions will have perceptions of welcoming apparitions of deceased relatives or loved ones

  • Terminal patients will also appear to hold conversations with persons who are not physically present in their room.  Sometimes nurses described these aspects of NDA experiences as dementia
  • It is also not uncommon for gravely-ill patients to be alert and conversant in their final hours before death, a phenomenon called “terminal lucidity”

Provided below are examples of exchanges regarding NDA situations as characterized by nurses working in long-term care and palliative care settings 

I’ve been a hospice nurse for 5 years. I have been with hundreds of people at the time of their death & I can tell you first hand that if the patient is alert enough to speak, you’ll hear them talking to loved ones that have already passed over

That is so true. I, too am a hospice nurse and when pts. start talking to their dead relatives, you know that they have about a week MAX before they are gone

From experience I’ve learned that when a pt tells you they’re going to die…they usually do…and if they start talking to dead family members…they usually die…it’s like the family members have come to take them…..

As a follow-on to the earlier wordcloud project, we wondered whether unsupervised machine learning, specifically topic generation models, could discover the abovementioned themes in the NGS archive 

  • Generative topic models

    view documents as having a latent semantic structure of topics that can be inferred from co-occurrences of words in documents  

  • For this project, the Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) topic model was employed.  LDA views documents as probability distributions over topics and topics as probability distributions over words
  • All documents share the same collection of topics, but each document contains those topics in different proportions.  The LDA algorithm samples words across topics until it arrives at topics and word selections that most likely generated the documents

Various packages and libraries for natural language processing within Python were used to include: the Natural Language ToolKit (NLTK) for processing the data set; scikit-learn to prepare and fit the LDA model; pyLDAvis to display the results and t-Distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (t-SNE) to map topic distances

The project pipeline involved: data set processing; conversion of words and documents into a document-term matrix and vector space; fitting the LDA models; and displaying the results

Processing. The data set was decomposed into 199 documents from its constituent web pages.  In contrast to the wordcloud project, the set of stopwords was enlarged to find meaningful insights in the NGS archive

  • The core set of stopwords consisted of commonly-used prepositions, conjunctions, and contractions.  Stopwords from the wordcloud application were used as a start point for this purpose
  • Since the archive consisted of first or second hand accounts, words related to stories and/or storytelling were added to stopwords, along with words related to the maintenance of the thread
  • Since spontaneous experiences can occur at any moment, words conveying times were removed.  While many experiences were singular events, numeric references involving cardinal (e.g. one, two) and ordinal (e.g. first, second) rankings were removed
  • Titles of persons were removed (e.g. Mr., Mrs., etc.); however, person and gender types (e.g. man, woman, etc.) and interpersonal relationships (e.g. family, friends, or strangers) were preserved
  • Domain-related words relating to patient care or standard procedures were removed (e.g. hospital, unit, shift, staff, work, station, monitor, code)

Conversion. Vector transformations converted the data set into a document-term matrix for mathematical processing.  The rows of the matrix correspond to documents with columns corresponding to the frequency of a term

  • Count vectorizers count word frequencies.  Term Frequency-Inverse Document Frequency (TF-IDF) vectorizers normalize (divide) word counts by their frequency in the documents
  • Both vectorizers converted words to lower case and removed non-word expressions. The vectorizers were parameterized to look for bigrams (or words that were often used together) 

Model Fit/Display. The LDA model was fitted using ten topics.  Words within topics were sorted and ranked with respect to their frequency in and relevance within a topic

  • The LDA model was fitted with using Count and TF-IDF vectorization and ran with a maximum of 100 iterations.  LDA model results were displayed using pyLDAvis and t-SNE to map topic distances

Results. Although topics produced from the model are unlabeled, words within topics usually can be woven into a coherent theme

The first four pyLDAvis graphs provide the top 30 words and bigrams in Topics 1 through 4 using Count vectorization  

  • Topic 1 is the most representative of the body of stories in the thread and generated around 86% of the content.  Words in Topic 1 included: “nurse” and “patient”; both nurses and patients were percipients and sometimes sources of “ghost” experiences.  If apparitions represented unrecognized persons, patients had “asked” whom they “saw.”  Many apparitional encounters involved patients who were “heard” “talking” to deceased “family” members or a “friend.“  These telepathic types of apparitions were often described as “sitting” near the bedsides of patients, or transiting their rooms or into an adjacent “hall” on their “floor.”  Overall, this could be considered an apparitional experiences topic

  • Topic 2 is derived from user commentary and seems reflective of internal varieties of psi functioning. Words in Topic 2 included:  "dreams”, “feel(ings)” and a “sense” of awareness or presentiment of events that were happening or about to “happen”, usually in connection with the deaths of family members. In other cases the dreams were possible telepathic connections with lost “loved” ones. Overall, this can be considered a extrasensory perception topic and it generated 7% of the content  
  • Topic 3 appears reflective of external forms of psi and survival phenomena to include auditory and physical encounters commonly associated with hauntings and poltergeists.  Words in Topic 3 included: “haunted”, “voice(s)”, and other imitative sounds such as “music.”  There were also reported instances of anomalous telephone contact possibly involving “phone” calls from the dead and “strange” behaviors of televisions, call lights and other electrical appliances.  Overall, this could be considered a hauntings and poltergeists topic and it generated around 4% of the content 
  • Topic 4 is also derived from user commentary and seems reflective of general discussions on the paranormal, religious and exceptional experiences.  Discussions included: “paranormal” television, “movie” and “radio” entertainment;  synchronicities (meaningful coincidences) and "photo” and other evidence from paranormal investigations.  Discussions also involved ghost stories outside a nursing context; some were urban legends and a few were probably larks.  Overall, this could be considered a paranormal discussions topic and it generated around 3% of the content

The fifth pyLDAvis graph provides the top 30 words in Topic 1 using TF-IDF vectorization.  

  • The findings were close to those encountered for Topic 1 with the Count Vectorization.  However, it appears to be a combined apparitional experiences and extrasensory perception topic accounting for 94% of the content.

     This consolidation arises from the fact that TF-IDF vectorization lowers the contribution weight of commonly used words

This project again demonstrates the usefulness of topic generation models for finding meaningful patterns in masses of unlabeled or unstructured data.

  The LDA topic discovery method indicated several varieties of psi and survival experiences that went beyond ghost stories 

  • Many apparitional encounters described in the archive represented the intersection of nearing death awareness (involving death-bed visions of welcoming apparitions) and after-death communication experiences (involving apparitions of deceased family members and friends)
  • Even though the algorithm knows nothing intrinsically about the above experiences, the model was able to infer topics and words corresponding to the most representative kinds of encounters 

Greater insights could be gained by structuring the NGS dataset and labeling the experiential elements within it.  Follow-on research could employ semi-supervised methods to train models to classify types of psi and survival experiences and to find correlates within them  

Specifically, deep learning models could be trained on the semantics around typologies of apparitions with tagged documents.  Parapsychology categorizes apparitions along four lines: living agent; crisis; post-mortem; and haunting  

  • If an apparition is seen within ±12 hours of a person’s death, that represents a crisis apparition 
  • If an apparition is seen 24 hours or more after a person’s death, that apparition is post-mortem
  • If the apparition is of a long-deceased person and has a location affinity, that is a haunting apparition

Nonetheless, the apparitional experiences in NGS appear roughly consistent with survey results elsewhere.  Apparitional experiences rarely occur in the general population, but when they do, the apparitions are likely to represent recognized persons, known to the individuals who are perceiving them

REFERENCES

Blei, D. M., Ng, A. Y., & Jordan, M. I. (2003). Latent dirichlet allocation. Journal of machine Learning research, (Jan), 993-1022.

Gauld, A., & Cornell, A. D. (1979). Poltergeists. Routledge Kegan & Paul.

Kircher, P. and Callanan, M. (2017, Dec 14).  NDEs and Nearing Death Awareness in the Terminally Ill. International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS).

Natural Language Toolkit: NLTK 3.2.5 documentation. (2017, Sep 24). NLTK Project.

Pearson, P. (2014). Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying May be Trying to Tell Us about where They’re Going. Random House Canada. Sponsored

Pedregosa, F., Varoquaux, G., Gramfort, A., Michel, V., Thirion, B., Grisel, O., … & Vanderplas, J. (2011). Scikit-learn: Machine learning in Python. Journal of machine learning research, 12(Oct), 2825-2830.

Sievert, C., & Shirley, K. (2014). LDAvis: A method for visualizing and interpreting topics. In Proceedings of the workshop on interactive language learning, visualization, and interfaces (pp. 63-70).

What’s Your Best Nursing Ghost Story? (2017, Oct 30). AllNurses.com

IMAGES

pyLDAvis Graph of Topic 1 (Count Vectorization) from Nursing Ghost Stories Corpus. (2018, Apr 08). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.

pyLDAvis Graph of Topic 2 (Count Vectorization) from Nursing Ghost Stories Corpus. (2018, Apr 08). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.

pyLDAvis Graph of Topic 3 (Count Vectorization) from Nursing Ghost Stories Corpus. (2018, Apr 08). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.

pyLDAvis Graph of Topic 4 (Count Vectorization) from Nursing Ghost Stories Corpus. (2018, Apr 08). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.

pyLDAvis Graph of Topic 1 (TF-IDF Vectorization) from Nursing Ghost Stories Corpus. (2018, Apr 08). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.