Welcome NY Times readers

A welcome and acknowledgement to the readers of Friday, Nov. 6, 2009’s NY Times movies readers reviews online feature (http://community.nytimes.com/rate-review/movies.nytimes.com/movie/454490/Men-Who-Stare-at-Goats/overview?sort=oldest).*

The George Clooney movie, “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” came out today and was reviewed in the Times.  This blogger saw the review by pure chance, intrigued by the offbeatness of the title, and saw the connections to the theme of this webpage*.  An online comment was posted with a link here and later the wordpress statistics (hits) feature was utilized, yielding much surprising results: 55 or so views by 7pm.  Needless to say, this was far beyond any one-day number before (12) and this for an admittedly obscure site with atypical subject matter that usually had tracked zero or one visits a day.

Perhaps now this possible technology application will get some consideration and potential experimentation towards the ultimate ends for which I always envisioned (with any intelligence uses as an way station along the development).

Now let’s go see why those goats are worth looking at!

*in an additional bit of synchronicity, the AARP bulletin for November came in the mail today also.  On the cover: a picture of an Edsel, announcing an article on the “biggest flops.”  Intriguing again.  Would you believe… flop #24: “U.S. psychic research (1970s-1995).”  What’s the chances?

*March ’10:  I see that the referred to comment has not survived to be archived.

**Jan. ’11:  Perhaps it has…? In case not, here it is reproduced.

November 6th, 2009

11:57 am

Rating:

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6.
I know that this movie’s references to the spooky, far-out parapsychological phenomena here are strictly to serve as plot devices, but serious work has occurred in this field in the past (and maybe still goes on.) For those who would like to consider some now-public information on a potential means of how such undertakings could make the leap from “wacky and amusing” to viable intelligence gathering, and even general human consciousness-changing, look into the postings at https://mergenthalerlinotype.wordpress.com for nuts ‘n bolts tech hardware descriptions, states of consciousness background and even a sidebar history of linotype machines. Noted researcher Angela Smith is mentioned and quoted, among others. Disclaimer: I have not seen the movie yet; only read the Times review.
— Ottmar, Greater Harbor Country-Michiana
Addenda: March 2011
A comment to an article on the book Exegesis in the N Y Times gives some of my reasons why we need research and straight thinking, not “pink beams of light,” to guide efforts to understand mankind and the workings of its minds. -edited for clarity-
Seeing that the author of Exegesis had these ‘spiritual visions’ imparting information via a ‘pink beam’ reminded me yet again that persons such as himself  have through time had either aberrant underlying circumstances or equally-odd explanations for what they said was the source of their insights. Just as Robert Monroe ascribed his out of body experiences to various vibrations, I believe that most, if not all, such real or imagined precipitating factors are red flags as far as a reader’s potential acceptance of the tales, sources, implications or conclusions.
Though much good insight does indeed come from even persons such as these that report experiencing such things, this latest revelation tells me that we as a human race need now more than ever solid scientific systems to get to the core of just what goes on in the subconscious. [omitted: references to Men Who Stare at Goats, etc.] Hopefully, future usage of something along the lines [of the ideas discussed in this site] could ultimately do away with all the fantastic speculations that have occupied mens minds for the ages.

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