posted on Feb, 22 2015 @ 06:20 PM
I should point out first and foremost that participants in this thread should tread lightly with their wording. Terence McKenna talked about what he
termed the "self-transforming machine elves," and went about describing them in some of his works. For those who do not know who he was, he was
essentially a relatively intelligent man who did a lot of experimentation with hallucinogenic compounds. A wide variety of such compounds. He did
numerous seminars and wrote a bit as well. Many of his ideas were incorrect in my opinion, but where he was spot on was in the explaining some of what
is wrong with modern society. What set him apart from people like Leary was his intelligence, and his ability to communicate with eloquence.
Anyway, regarding whether elves are real I would say no. It should be mentioned however that numerous people who experiment with such substances
experience many of the same phenomena, including these "elves." Now the obvious question to ask is whether this is a result of specific types of
compounds having a similar effect on the human brain, and thus producing similar experiences, or whether there truly is a spiritual or other type of
world that can only be accessed by the use of certain mind-altering compounds. While the latter may sound insane to some, it is not really that
far-fetched in my opinion. There is no real knowing one way or another, and each are possible. I suppose the chemical explanation alone would be
sufficient, but to accept this without question I would have to discount everything I have experienced where the paranormal is concerned.
These experiences have led me to conclude that there truly is a world apart from the physical, and because of this fact I must also entertain that
access to such a non-physical world might be possible through the brain. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the brain does not "create"
consciousness, but instead the brain limits consciousness. Putting this into perspective where "elves" are concerned, they definitely do not exist
in the physical world. But such creatures might exist in the non-physical world. Perhaps there are multiple non-physical worlds as well. Not out of
the realm of possibility considering our limited understanding of anything non-physical. I should say "scientific understanding." Just because an
idea or phenomenon cannot be scientifically tested does not mean that the phenomenon is not occurring. Scientific experimentation is limited to not
only physical matter and how it interacts with other aspects of the physical world, but is also limited to physical interactions that can be
reproduced. Reproducibility is paramount for scientific testing. So even things in the physical world may not be accepted by science because there is
no way to both test the ideas, and reproduce them time and time again through experimentation.