posted on Mar, 14 2012 @ 06:56 PM
I keep telling myself there has to be some kind of rational explanation. I can no longer say that I must be dreaming these things. That worked for a
while but not after the events of this week. So, I'm hoping that someone who reads this can help me out and suggest to me another sane way to
characterize it that will put my mind at ease although I'm not entirely sure I want to be dissuaded. I have my natural curiosity to blame for that.
I will describe events as best I can from what I observed.
He, John Ackerman, was a post-grad student starting work toward his PhD in environmental sciences. Until I have "better" answers pronouns are the
best way I can think of to refer to him. "John" may not be who he is. This was the last stint of his field work, which required three undergrad
lab assistants who received course credit during the Summer months. The field work would last three Summers to catalog changes in plant growth and
distribution due to climate change in Oregon's last remaining area of open prarieland in the Willamette Valley. He and his assistants would camp
there all summer taking samples and measurements and monitoring air quality and climate variability across dozens of parameters.
At night we mostly slept in the open but everyone had their own tent for rainy nights. There was also a large main tent in which all our equipment
was housed and where we met at the end of each day to record data. It was sun-up to sun-down out under the sun on the prarie then to the big tent for
dinner and data entry. By early evening, quite exhausted, everyone was bedded down for the night. I won't go into all the work done during the day
except to say that it wasn't the kind of summer-camping-trip-for-credit expected by each year's crew of assistants. As for him, having always been
of somewhat poor constitution, the daily drain always brought him first to bed. He had thought that being out in the open, on the prarie, would be a
boost for his overall health but, but if he had to be honest, it was having a slightly opposite effect. He would tire more easily and have a harder
time waking up each day. The days were nice and summery and filled with routine but it's what began happening at night that has me in an utterly
confused state of shock.
With three weeks left of summer rain became more frequent. Since it had clouded up late on this Monday he was sleeping in his tent when, in a half
sleepy state, he dimly became aware of a hushed voice seemingly nearby that just said, "Data retrieval 11a commenced. You will be well soon." This
didn't fully register at the time but when he woke in the predawn he remembered it. It felt like it had been part of a dream and had no meaning in
context with him being on his back, alone, asleep in a tent so, logically of course, it had to have been a dream just doing what dreams
do...referencing daytime activity and exhibiting it just above the subconscious level in a semi-random way with varying degrees of surrealism
depending on where in the brain that activity had been filed and cross-referencing whatever other memories it happened to be near. But still, the
perception that the voice left seemed more solid than the usual dream. he also wondered if maybe he had overheard one of the other three speaking and
hadn't quite woken up when he did and misheard part or all of what was said. He knew it had to be one or the other and either way, it wasn't
that important and he soon forgot about it as that week passed.
The following Monday night it was raining. Again, in his tent, he awoke to a voice, "Data retrieval 11b complete. The data holds all promise.
Metabolic markers of delphinium pavonaceum indicate final environmental suitability to be achieved within one revolution."
His state of wakefulness was not drowsed semi-consciousness like that first time but he couldn't say he was wide-eyed, mid-morning awake either. He
was awake enough to speak. "Who's there?, he said quickly at a volume just above normal conversation level. he began to move toward the tent flap
to peer out when the voice said, "Not yet", which was immediately followed by a very sharp CRACK sound like a whip being very crisply snapped. The
next thing he knew he was waking up in the morning.
He immediately remembered the entire event when he opened his eyes and it's impossible to truly describe what came with that memory. As he sat up it
rushed to his awareness that the words spoken outside his tent were more than just words. As he had "heard" each one spoken they carried such a
fine granularity of concept that it wasn't language as he knew it. It was more like each word was a conveyence of pure, complete knowledge at the
time he was hearing it. If human communication ever became anything near what this was like, it would be a huge understatement to say the world would
be a different place. By the time he was fully awake, the entirity of that completeness had faded for nearly all that was said but the sense of it
remained. Every word carried that completeness instantaneously although his mind can presently only process what was contained sequentially. There
was however, deep in his brain, the remembrance of part of the range in that granularity that was carried by the words, "delphinium pavonaceum".
When those words were spoken the plant for which they are a mere label in ordinary language was not being conveyed as just a plant. It was the life
cycle of it, the history of it, the ecological niche it occupied accompanied by how it functioned within that niche and how that niche functioned in
relation to other ecological niches. Its significance to every culture that came into contact with it was also embedded in the words. Indeed, its
very place and meaning in time and space was spoken as those words had been spoken.
And within all this multi-layered, multi-dimensional, instantaneous conveyence was a complete parallel of its existence in a place other than on
Earth. He was, and is still, completely boggled by the realization of what was entailed in that communication even though his brain had no way to
record any details except that it had experienced this mode of knowledge transfer.
After a quick breakfast, during which he was understandably excitedy preoccupied, he pulled aside one of the assistants and told her what happened
making sure to begin by saying, "I had the strangest dream last night." He was hoping she would tell him that she heard it too and that it wasn't
a dream but she just told him that it certainly was a strange one. She talked about the limitations of language and how every culture had words that
couldn't be directly translated into other languages. He vaguely listened as the whole crew went back out onto the prarie for another day's field
work. He didn't want to appear crazy so he decided to not bring it up with anybody else. The rest of the Summer couldn't come soon enough for him.