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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Glimpsing Heaven with Judy Bachrach
Let me make it simple. We are going to be able to see and communicate with Spirits as a matter of course. The spirit of a living person is formed from dark matter and is glued together with photons. It is well named as the light body. That light body can remove itself from the body and go on excursions as well as interact with others. This will become possible just as soon as a number of experiments are run in order to determine how to provide appropriate tools.
Our inability to see dark matter has actually misdirected scientific research in the topic of electromagnetic energy. It is noteworthy that it appears that Tesla was on to the idea and it allowed him to adjust his experiments accordingly. We have really missed the boat on this one.
In the meantime, until we actually pass over, we depend on reports from the other side to describe how it all works. From Swedenborg on those reports have been getting clearer and getting generally confirmed as well. Yet most live in skeptical denial which is actually risky. From this we see a skeptic armoring herself with a positive expectation at the least. That will also protect.
The mass of evidence has plausibly gone critical already and much will become common currency.
Tales of the Dead Come Back: How Modern Medicine Is Reinventing Death "Death travelers" are bringing back stories of life beyond death.
to CPR, people can be revived after being dead for up to an hour.
Author Judy Bachrach calls them "death travelers" in her new book.
They can fly through walls or circle the planets, turn into pure
light or meet long-dead relatives. Many have blissful experiences of
universal love. Most do not want to return to the living. When they do,
they're often endowed with special powers: They can predict the future
or intuit people's thoughts.
Many end up unhappy and divorced, rejected by their loved
ones or colleagues, burdened with a knowledge they often dare not share.
They are the "death travelers."
If this sounds like the movie Flatliners
or a science fiction novel by J. G. Ballard, it isn't. These are the
testimonies of people who have had near death experiences (NDEs) and
returned from the other side to tell the tale.
Journalist Judy Bachrach decided to listen to their stories, and on the way cure her own terror of death.
Here she talks about how advances in medicine are enabling
us to raise the dead, why the scientific and religious communities are
hostile to the idea of NDEs, and how a British traffic controller
returned from the dead with the ability to predict the stock market.
The person who put the idea in my head was former First
Lady Barbara Bush, whose own daughter had died in hospice at the age of
four. One of my best friends was dying of cancer. We were both at the
time 32 [years old], and I couldn't get over it. I was terrified of
death, and I was terrified of her dying. So I decided to start working
in a hospice to get over my terror of death.
Until the 20th century, death was determined by
holding a mirror to a patient's mouth. If it didn't mist over, the
person was dead. We now live in what you call the "age of Lazarus." Can
Everybody who's been revived by CPR, cardiopulmonary
resuscitation—and there are more and more of us—is a formerly dead
person. We walk every single day among the formerly dead. Death is no
longer simply the cessation of breath or heartbeat or even brain stem
activity. These days people can be dead for up to an hour and come back
among us and have memories. I call them "death travelers" in the book.
One scientist you spoke to suggests that NDEs may
simply result from the brain shutting down, like a computer—that, for
instance, the brilliant light often perceived at the end of a tunnel is
caused by loss of blood or hypoxia, lack of oxygen. How do you counter
The problem with the lack of oxygen explanation is that
when there is a lack of oxygen, our recollections are fuzzy and
sometimes non-existent. The less oxygen you have, the less you remember.
But the people who have died, and recall their death travels, describe
things in a very clear, concise, and structured way. Lack of oxygen
would mean you barely remember anything.
Most death travelers don't want to return to the
living, and when they do, they find it is a painful experience. Tell us
about Tony Cicoria.
Tony Cicoria is a neurosurgeon from upstate New York. He
was like the rest of us once upon a time. He believed death was death,
and that was the end. Then he got struck by lightning. He was on a
picnic with his family, talking to his mother on the telephone, when a
bolt of lightning hit the phone. The next thing he knew, he was lying on
the ground saying to himself, "Oh, my God, I'm dead."
The way he knew he was dead is because he saw his
mother-in-law screaming at him. And he called out to her and said, "I'm
here! I'm here!" But she didn't hear anything.
Next he was traveling up a flight of steps without walking.
He became a bolt of blue light and managed to go through a building. He
flew through walls, and he saw his little kids having their faces
painted. Right after that, he felt somebody thumping on his chest.
A nurse who was in the vicinity was thumping on his chest.
But he did not want to come back to life. Very much like other death
travelers, he wanted to stay dead. Being dead is evidently a very
interesting experience. And exciting.
You suggest there is a difference between brain function and consciousness. Can you talk about that idea?
This is an area where a lot more scientific research has to
be done: that the brain is possibly, and I'm emphasizing the
"possibly," not the only area of consciousness. That even when the brain
is shut down, on certain occasions consciousness endures. One of the
doctors I interviewed, a cardiologist in Holland, believes that
consciousness may go on forever. So the postulate among some scientists
is that the brain is not the only locus of thought, which is very
You coin several new terms in the book. What's a Galileo?
I call the scientists who are involved in research into death travel "Galileos" because, like Galileo
himself, who was persecuted by the Inquisition for explaining his
theories about the universe, scientists involved in research into what
occurs after death are also being persecuted. They're denied tenure.
They're told that they're inferior scientists and doctors. They're
mocked. Anthony Cicoria, the man who was struck by lightning, didn't
tell any of his fellow surgeons about his experience for something like
Why do you think the scientific community is so hostile to the idea of NDEs?
It's a really good question. I think the scientific
community is very much like I used to be. Journalists tend not to be
very religious, we tend not to be very credulous, and we tend to believe
the worst possible scenario, which, in this case, is nothing. The
scientific community is very materialistic. If you can't see it and you
can't measure it, it doesn't exist.
When I gave a speech at the NIH
[National Institutes of Health], I talked with the top neurologist
there. I said, "Are you doing research on what used to be called near
death experiences?" He looked at me like I was crazy. He said, "Why?
Does it cure anything?"
The Christian Church is also not very keen on this area of inquiry. Why is that?
I think that religion, very much like science, likes to
rely on everything that's gone on before. If your grandfather believed
something, then you want to believe it. If the scientists who came
before you want to believe something, then you believe in it. Because
the options for those who deviate are very scary.
Most of the people I interviewed got divorced. That is not
uncommon among death travelers. You come back and tell your husband or
lover or wife what went on, and they look at you like you're nuts. It's a
very scary thing to come back and say, "I remember what happened after
The Christian Church, or the Jewish faith, whichever we're
talking about, also have very specific views of what life after death
should involve. Everybody I interviewed deviated from the traditional
theological views. They didn't see angels necessarily. They don't float
in heaven. It's not some happy-clappy area of the universe. It's far
more complicated—and interesting—than that.
One of the curious facts I discovered reading your
book is that women are far less optimistic about their chances of going
to heaven than men are. Why is that?
This was told to me by a monk who died by drowning and then
returned. Obviously, he'd had a good deal of experience with people
confiding in him and confessing. I think it's because women are very
self-critical. We're very hard on ourselves. Nothing is ever good enough
about us. We're not smart enough. We're not beautiful enough. Look at
what we do to our bodies and our faces in the name of perfection! And I
think that applies to our chances of getting, if you will, into heaven.
For her new book, journalist Judy Bachrach
collected the testimonies of people who had near death experiences and
returned to tell the tale.
Photograph Courtesy of National Geographic Books
Why is it important for you to believe that there is life after death?
It was not important for me, at all, to believe. I'm a
journalist. I don't go around thinking, "I really hope there's life
after death." Indeed, at the beginning I was the opposite—I didn't want
to believe. Yes, death was a source of terror. For me, the worst thing
that could happen was nothingness. I would have far preferred to hear
that Satan was waiting for me than to learn that there was nothing. But I
was absolutely positive that there was nothing after death—that the
curtain descends, and that's it. Act III. It's over. The stage is black.
And when I first ventured into this strange area of
research, I was pretty sure, just as you said, that it was all the
result of oxygen deprivation and that these were hallucinations. It was
only after I discovered that it can't be the result of oxygen
deprivation, and these were not hallucinations, that I realized I had to
change my views. That's a very difficult thing to do, particularly when
you're past adolescence. But every bit of evidence, every single person
I interviewed, forced me to change my views. It was something I did
quite unwillingly and with a good deal of skepticism.
What I tried to do, as a journalist, was simply record what
these people say happened. All I know is what I've reported, which is,
when you die, that is not the end. Stuff goes on. That, to me, is weird.
But it's true.
Did engaging with this research make you want to die?
No! Nothing makes me want to die! But it did make me less
fearful of dying. It was a long process, though. After the first 20 or
30 interviews, I was still terrified of death. All these people were
telling me stuff that I never believed could happen. But gradually I
came to accept that what they said was true. So I'm a little less
terrified of death now.
You say that having an NDE often invests people with special powers. Tell us about the British air traffic controller.
[Laughs] The British air traffic controller makes me laugh.
He told a person I interviewed, a British neuropsychiatrist named Dr.
Fenwick, that he had a death experience. Oddly enough, as a result of
this death experience, he became terrific at picking and choosing
The psychiatrist goes, "Uh-huh." The guy says, "Yeah, you really should invest in British Telecom."
Dr. Fenwick says, "Uh, yeah. Right." And of course the stock soars right after that!
Usually these powers involve perceptual abilities, though,
[such as] the ability to know what other people are thinking, the
ability know what's going to happen next. So they're usually less
materialistic than this gentleman's powers. [Laughs] But, hey, whatever
floats your boat.
NDEs are, surely, not the same as a complete death
experience. These are generally short episodes not lasting more than an
hour and often in hospital settings. No one, as far as I know, has
returned from the dead after a long period of time and told us about it.
Do we know any more than we did before about what will actually happen
when we die?
What's happening now is revolutionary. If you'd told
somebody a hundred years ago that they could die for an hour and come
back and tell you what happened, that would have been in the realm of
theology or philosophy. But now it's in the realm of the real world.
It's absolutely true that we don't know what happens, say,
after six days being dead. All we know now—and that's one of the reasons
I think it's important for scientists to investigate far more—is what
happens up to an hour.
How did your friends and peers in the journalistic world react to you writing this book?
It depends who they are. Some of them looked at me like,
"Oh, OK. You're nuts. I never really thought you were before. But now I
know you are."
Others, because National Geographic is publishing the book,
said, "Oh, National Geographic! It must be true then." [Laughs] My
religious journalist friends said, "Thank God you're doing it. You were
always such a skeptic and a cynic."
I have to say that I fall into none of those categories.
I'm just a journalist doing what journalists do. I'm interviewing people
and trying to find out what is true.
After writing this book, can you say with any more certainty what death is?
Yes, I can. I can say that death is an adventure, which to
me is the oddest thing in the world. It takes you from this Earth, this
ordinary Earth, into extraordinary places.
One of the experiences I describe is of the renowned
psychologist Carl Jung, who died when he had a heart attack in his 60s.
He was ultimately revived, and came back describing, in great detail,
how he had seen the universe.
One of the people I interviewed had a similar experience.
And that shocked the hell out of me because that's the kind of
experience I would love to have. Like an astronaut's delight. You're up
there. You can move toward planets or away from planets. You can see the
Earth. It's gorgeous. It's interesting. And it doesn't cost a thing.