was born in 1940 in Latvia, grew up and went to school in
Nürtingen, West Germany, got a degree in Mathematics at the University of
Tübingen, became a computer expert, married and migrated with my family to
Australia in 1980. Here we settled in Sydney. Until my retirement in April 1996 I had been working for the John Fairfax organisation. Now my wife and I are "empty nesters" living in Canberra, and I can pursue my various hobbies with renewed vigour.
Paranormal is a general term that designates experiences that lie outside "the range of normal experience or scientific explanation" or that indicates phenomena understood to be outside of science's current ability to explain or measure.
This is a heavily biased definition, as we will see in the following. More truthful is:
Paranormal is a general term that describes experiences and human capabilities that contradict the nihilistic world view espoused by most governments, corporations and mainstream media. It has been investigated, documented and quantified by science since the 19th century.
People had paranormal experiences for as long as humanity existed - and probably even before that, since animals have psychic abilities too. The paranormal has been investigated by science starting in the 19th century, and mountains of evidence have been collected by reputable universities all over the world. Here is a tiny subset of it.- compiled by myself, and here is a long list of Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications on Psi Research - compiled by Dean Radin.
All this shows the PSI-deniers' statement that "There is no evidence for the paranormal" to be complete nonsense.
However an alliance of so called sceptics, the majority of clerics, and most governments oppose the acceptance of the paranormal:
For the "sceptics" it is a matter of their materialist faith that "Nothing paranormal can exist", therefore any evidence collected "must be fraudulent" and any personal experiences "must be either imagination or a sign of mental illness". They do not investigate but simply deny the very existence of evidence for the paranormal - because "what must not be, cannot be!"
For fundamentalist clerics it is a matter of faith that their particular form of religion is THE true one. They accept their largely fictional "Holy Books" as THE TRUTH. Since the scientific evidence about the paranormal in general and the afterlife in particular does not match their doctrines, they argue that the paranormal is driven by "dark forces out to deceive humanity". Even more moderate clerics side more often than not with this statement.
Governments with dark secrets do not want them to be exposed by an army of Remote Viewers, thus they take sides with the "sceptics" and ridicule everything paranormal as "Hocus-pocus", never mind that their "Deep Black" projects successfully employed gifted psychics, see the CIA's "Project Stargate"
Nevertheless the Remote Viewers are already at it, see: http://www.farsight.org/
Thus baseless faith and the love of power try to keep the general population in the dark about the paranormal. This has nothing to do with science but everything with propaganda.
Here's how they do it:
We are supposed to live in the AGE OF REASON. Polls show that 71% of the population have had at least one paranormal experience. NDEs show that human consciousness is not dependent on a functioning brain. Remote Viewing shows that human consciousness can travel long distances away from the body. ITC, EVP and materialisation mediumship show that human consciousness survives death.
This would rank as the greatest scientific discovery ever achieved would it not be for influential nihilists trying to ridicule all things paranormal. The late Ingo Swann suggested in his book PENETRATION an even more sinister motivation of government officials. The result? Honest people who admit that the paranormal is real have to fear for their careers, whilst the nihilists and their yes men rule the roost. IT SHOULD BE THE OTHER WAY ROUND.
As we have seen above religion is less than helpful in making sense of the paranormal. People often adhere to their religion (including atheism), which is mostly the religion of their parents, out of tradition without trying to verify the veracity or otherwise of their particular beliefs. I found this approach naive and negligent in the extreme and set out to look for "the true religion", a spiritual philosophy that is logical, can explain paranormal phenomena in a coherent and logical way, and does not attribute human character faults (like anger, hate, jealousy) to its deity. If you have done the same, you will have guessed by now that I am a Spiritualist. As value system I like the Wiccan ethics:
The attraction of Spiritualism for outsiders are Trance mediums and their channelled messages. Here
are transcripts from more than 100 channellings by Canberra medium Valerie Sturesteps. They are also available in self-contained e-book formats:
Unfortunately the spiritual arena does not attract idealists only, but also lots of deluded, arrogant, greedy, stupid and/or dishonest people preying on the gullible, so there is a lot of nonsense around. What one gets from people in the flesh one can also expect from spirits. It is definitely necessary to use ones intellect to discern the quality of spiritual information - ancient or modern, coming from "holy books", "gurus" or from channelled spirits. There should not be any taboos in this regard, but try telling that some religious fundamentalists...
Digital modes have been around for quite a while.
In the 80s and 90s I was QRV in packet on VHF and sometimes on hf.
Later I did a bit RTTY and AMTOR with a TNC. In 2000 I started with the
newer digital modes like PSK31 and MFSK16. Since then numerous
additional digital modes have been developed. Most of them improve
dramatically on the "oldies" like RTTY for example. CW has also been
integrated as a digital mode amongst the others.
Details including schematics for homebrew interfaces,
various programs for Windows, LINUX and FreeBSD and links for downloading them: