NDEs, ET contact, Teleportation & CERN
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Astrobiologist and astronomer Dr. David Darling discussed evolution and the origins of the universe, as well as such topics as NDEs, ET contact, teleportation and the particle accelerator at CERN. He believes that God likely started the universe, but then let things take their course, rather than being involved in an ongoing manner. The Book of Genesis, he added, is based on a cosmology that is several thousand years out-of-date.
We could actually be a virtual reality experience created by a civilization in another universe, he proposed. Turning to near-death-experiences (NDEs), he noted that the whole universe sometimes opens up to a person in this state-- which is odd considering that their brain is closing down. Perhaps, our brains are actually "a limiter of consciousness," said Darling.
The SETI@Home program yielded some interesting signals originating from between the Pisces and Aries constellations, which were investigated at the Arecibo radio telescope, and bear further study, he reported. Looking ahead, Darling said within 50 years, we might have something approaching the transporters of Star Trek, which would certainly radicalize the whole concept of transportation.
David Darling is a British astronomer, with a Ph.D from the University of Manchester and is the author of several dozen science books. His website is one of the most visited sites on the Internet for information about life and intelligence in the universe.
Teleportation is the transfer of matter from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them, similar to the concept apport, an earlier word used in the context of spiritualism.
The word teleportation was coined in 1931 by American writer Charles Fort to describe the strange disappearances and appearances of anomalies, which he suggested may be connected. He joined the Greek prefix tele- (meaning "distant") to the Latin verb portare (meaning "to carry"). Fort's first formal use of the word was in the second chapter of his 1931 book, Lo!: "Mostly in this book I shall specialize upon indications that there exists a transportory force that I shall call Teleportation." Fort added "I shall be accused of having assembled lies, yarns, hoaxes, and superstitions. To some degree I think so myself. To some degree, I do not. I offer the data." Fort suggested that teleportation might explain various allegedly paranormal phenomena, although it is difficult to say whether Fort took his own "theory" seriously or instead used it to point out what he saw as the inadequacy of mainstream science to account for strange phenomena.
The word teletransportation, which simply expands Charles Fort's abbreviated term, was first employed by Derek Parfit as part of a thought exercise on identity.