Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Final Exam session for Exophilosophy

Dear class,

We will be meeting during the final exam period from 2-3:30 PM this Thursday, Dec. 15, in the new cafeteria room at Middlesex. Please let me know if you cannot make it!

Cheers, Justin

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Controlled Remote Viewing & ET

Endgame for Exophilosophy

Dear Exophilosophers,

You all did a great job this semester. Thank you for your openness to learning, your mindfulness training, and your sharing of your experiences. I've learned much from you all and wish you well on your Path. 

Just a reminder that your final projects are due during our scheduled exam period, Thursday, Dec. 15th at 1:45. 

Some of you asked me to recommend books on some topics we discussed. Below is a list of some of the books that have been important to me in recent years. Enjoy these treasures and feel free to email me or come visit us at the Sanctuary

We run a weekly meditation every Sunday 12 Noon to 1 PM, followed by a discussion group from 1 to 2 PM. These events are open to the public and all beings are welcome. That's a good time to visit, and you can take a hike on our 40 acre land trust. Dogs welcome too. It has been a pleasure being your learning partner this semester.  

Philosophy and Spirituality

Aristotle, Metaphysics
Christopher Bache, Lifecycles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life
James Carse, Finite and Infinite Games
Gabriel Cousens, Spiritual Nutrition
A Course in Miracles
Ram Das, Be Here Now
Eagle Man, Spirituality for America
Shakti Gawan, Meditations
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness
Stephen Mitchell, Can Love Last? The Fate of Romance over Time
Krishnamurti, Total Freedom
Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Plato, Republic
Poems of Rumi
Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Gary Renard, Disappearance of the Universe
Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein, Insight Meditation Workbook
Rupert Sheldrake, Science Set Free
Russell Targ, The Reality of ESP
Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
Ken Wilber, Integral Spirituality
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
The Upanishads

Environmentalism, Development, Politics

Richard Heinberg, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality
David Holmgren, Permaculture: Pathways Beyond Sustainability
E. F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
Bill Mckibben, Eaarth
Helena Norberg-Hodge, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh
Vandana Shiva, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis
John Zerzan (ed.) Against Civilization
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Money and the Gift

Lewis Hyde, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics
David Graeber, Debt: The First 5000 Years
Bernard Lietaer, The Future of Money
Stephen Zarlenga, The Lost Science of Money
E. F. Schumacher, "Buddhist Economics"

Art

Ernst Gombrich, Art and Illusion
Alex Grey, The Mission of Art
Christopher Alexander, The Nature of Order (vol. 1-4)
Kurt Vonnegut, Blue Beard
Arthur Danto, Transfiguration of the Commonplace
Michael Nyman, Experimental Music

Aliens

Richard Dolan, UFOs for the 21st Century Mind
Budd Hopkins and Carol Rainey, Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility and Transgenic Beings
Ken Carey, Return of the Bird Tribes
Leslie Kean, UFOS: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record
John Mack, Passport to the Cosmos
Whitley Strieber, Communion
Dolores Cannon , The Custodians

Some of my writings

If you are interested in technical philosophy or Wittgenstein, you can check out my book, Wittgenstein and the Theory of Perception (based on my Ph.D. dissertation, led me to my teaching style, looks at philosophical questions surrounding theories of perception)

Oh, and my band, The Grays
And a Pinterest page with some of my drawings



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

12/1 • Transpersonal Aspects of Ufology: Channeling, Telepathy, Shamanism and Indigenous Perspectives

Themes for class on Thursday, Dec. 1th

Dear Exophilosophers, since we are not having class on Tuesday because it is Reading Day, I've posted a bunch of material below related to the theme of Transpersonal Aspects of Ufology: Channeling, Telepathy, Shamanism and Indigenous Perspectives on Spirit and Consciousness. 

Also, final projects are due at date of the scheduled final exam period for this class. The final project is a 5 page paper on a topic of your choice, one at least one key text or researcher for your basis. See you tomorrow :)

Materials

1. Jacques Vallee, Terence Mckenna and others on UFOS, psychedelics and Transpersonalism



2. More T.M.



3. Sequoyah Trueblood offering First World perspective on spirituality and Oneness



4. Documentary on First World Perspectives on ET



Channeling Extra- and Ultra-terrestrials

Channeling Extra- and Ultraterrestrials 

These are all channeled books that have large scale followings and which I personally find compelling. Enjoy. :)

1. Messages from a group of light beings called the Pleiadians, channeled by Barbara Marciniak. In this book, they offer an interesting story about the origins of Earth as a collaborative research project undertaken by a collective of ET civilizations. Try and listen to the first couple of chapters.

2. Barbara Hand Clow, another channel for the Pleiadians, her well-known book The Pleiadian Agenda

3. The Law of One • Ra Material, channeled through a scientific research group, as discussed by David Wilcock

4. A General documentary about some contemporary channelers in the US

5. Jane Robert's book "The Nature of Personal Reality" who channels an ET named Seth.

6. A Course in Miracles, a modern spiritual classic channeled through militant atheist scientist Helen Schucman.

7. Gary Renard, author of a ground-breaking book called "The Disappearance of the Universe" based on A Course in Miracles


Monday, November 28, 2016

Tues. Nov. 29th • Meeting with Shafer's Film Studies class again

Dear Exophilosophers, we are going to meet with John Shafer's class again tomorrow, Tues. Nov. 29th in Chapman Hall, Room 605 in the basement level at 2 PM to discuss "Arrival" and also to screen and discuss an edited version of "Fire in the Sky" about the famous Travis Walton abduction case. 

Some documents for your interest:

1. My friend Nancy du Tertre, an exolinguist, wrote an article about "Arrival" that's pretty interesting, called "Story of an Alien Linguist" This is the person I was gonna bring to class this semester but obviously didn't happen.

2. A recent presentation by abductee Travis Walton, telling the true story behind the film we will screen tomorrow. His account is a bit different from the Hollywood version.

Monday, November 21, 2016




Dear class, for class tomorrow, Tuesday November 22nd, we are going to see Arrival at Metro Movie Theatre in downtown Middletown, 140 Main Street along with John Shafer's film class. The movie starts at 2:10, and we are trying to meet at the theatre at 2 PM. The cost is $7 with a student ID. Anyone who has time is invited to stay for discussion afterwards, maybe over coffee somewhere nearby. See you there!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

11/17-11/22 • New Theories of Consciousness arising from Research into the UFO Phenomenon

Dear Exo-philosophers, unfortunately I will not be able to make class on Thurs. Nov 17 due to the funeral of a close friend who passed 2 weeks ago. Our next topic is the role of consciousness in the UFO phenomenon. In preparation for our next class meeting on Tues. Nov. 22nd, please review as many of the documents below as you have time for. We will be focussing on the work of three researchers: Jacques Vallee, Stephen Greer and Philip Corso. These researchers have proposed consciousness as (1) having an internal connection to the reality of flying saucers or space craft (2) consciousness or 'coherent thought' as not only guiding but even powering space ships, and (3) collective consciousness as the source of the Others themselves.

Here are some very interesting documents we will discuss on Tuesday. Be well, JG :)

1. Jacques Vallee, "Incommensurability, Orthodoxy and the Physics of High Strangeness: A 6-layer Model for Anomalous Phenomena." and "Five Arguments Against the Extraterrestrial Theory"



2. Stephen Greer on Coherent Thought and UFOS



3. Philip Corso on the Role of Consciousness in Driving the Roswell Craft

Thursday, November 3, 2016

More abduction materials

Dear class, we will be finishing up our look at abduction on Tuesday, Nov. 15th. Please review as many of the materials posted below as you have time for, and bring your questions!

A recent article in mainstream psychiatric magazine on alien abduction which cannot make sense of it.

Conclusion from that article:



"Like other traumas, AAE can induce symptoms of acute or chronic PTSD. The various psychoses, personality disorders, and dissociative disorders that could account for abduction experiences are characterized by delusions, so conduct ongoing assessment for these conditions in patients who report AAE. However, evidence suggests that serious psychopathology is no more common among “abductees” than among the general population.12
"Persons reporting AAE exhibit physiologic reactivity as profound as that of survivors of combat or sexual assault.13 This reactivity confirms that the emotional power of the memory is as evocative and problematic as the physiologic reactions attributable to genuine (documented) traumatic events. Because patients have difficulty differentiating these hallucinations from actual events, they experience emotional pain and suffering. Fifty-seven percent of sleep paralysis patients who report AAE attempt suicide.14

Clinical Point


Offer patients with AAE psychotherapy to deal with long-term effects of trauma and problems with mood, sleep, daily functioning, and/or relationships.



There are no FDA-approved medications for treating sleep paralysis. Pharmacotherapy can be used to address psychiatric symptoms such as the depression and anxiety Ms. S exhibited."











Questions from the Roper poll on alien abduction designed by Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs
  • Do you remember ever seeing a ghost?
  • Do you remember feeling as if you left your body?
  • Do you remember seeing a UFO?
  • Do you remember waking up paralyzed with a sense of a strange person or presence or something else in the room?
  • Do you remember feeling that you were actually flying through the air although you didn't know how or why?
  • Do you remember having seen unusual lights or balls of light in a room without knowing what was causing them?
  • Do you remember having seen, either as a child or adult, a terrifying figure-- which might have been a monster, a witch, a devil, or some other evil figure-- in your bedroom or closet or somewhere else?
  • Do you remember experiencing a period of time, an hour or more, in which you were lost, but could not remember why or where?
  • Do you remember having vivid dreams about UFO?
  • Do you remember finding puzzling scars on your body and neither you nor anyone else remembering how you received them or where you got them?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Student Presentation Schedule

Presentations on John Mack's Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens plus any other resources on alien abduction

Thurs. Nov 3rd
Emily (Chapter 15) & John (Chapter 12)

Tues. Nov 8th
Mary (Chapter 11), Bobo (Chapter 13) & Mason (Chapter 10)

Thurs. Nov 10th
Manal (Chapter 4) & Joseph (Chapter 16)



Other John Mack Resources

An excellent documentary about John Mack with interviews with abductees

 

Debate between John Mack and Budd Hopkins
























Thursday, October 27, 2016





Some representations of ETs involved in abductions


The Grays 
Seem to range across a diverse spectrum of species, 
from relatively simple biological robots to highly spiritual beings.





Mantis (or Mantid) ETS 
Often in authority positions during abduction, tend to have more positive 
effect on people, more intelligent, doctors or guides.





Reptilian or Reptoid ETS
Appear in very negative forms but occasionally positive as well.




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10/27 Alien Abduction cont.

Reading for Thurs Oct 27th
1. Mack, Abduction, pp. 51-91.

Recommended stuff










John Mack on Oprah

Supplemental Materials

1. Evan Gough, "EITHER STARS ARE STRANGE, OR THERE ARE 234 ALIENS TRYING TO CONTACT US"

2. John Mack on Opra

Some Abduction materials




The First well-known abduction case in modern times: Antonio Boas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 15, 1957

An artist's rendition of the abduction

Betty and Barney Hill, the first abduction case in the US that reached popular awareness, Sept. 19th, 1961

Hill's drawing of the ship







Betty Andreasson's Gray aliens

Budd Hopkins' ground-breaking study, 1981

Artist and gifted hypnotherapist Budd Hopkins

Gray aliens encountered by US airforce sergeant Charles Moody,
August 1975

David Jacobs, famed abduction researcher, wrote the first Ph.D. thesis on the UFO phenomenon in the early 19702, now runs a private research institute into abduction.

Dolores Cannon, world-famous hypnotherapist; her research supports a non-dualistic interpretation of abduction.

The humanoid-looking alien as drawing by abductee Her Schirmer, December 1967.

Harvard Psychiatrist John Mack, studying the perceived positive, spiritual dimensions of abduction and contact.

An implant extracted by Dr. Roger Leir.

More implants, with a living, biological coating which cannot be cut with a scalpel 
The humanoid aliens in blue jump suits as experienced by Travis Walton, Nov. 1975
Travis Walton's famous account, first a trauma then an a blessing. 
The media circus that the Travis Walton case created.