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During 1948, Amazing Stories ceased all publication of Shaver's stories. Palmer would later claim the magazine was pressured by sinister outside forces to make the change: science fiction fans would credit their boycott and letter-writing campaigns for the change. The magazine's owners said later that the Shaver Mystery had simply run its course and sales were decreasing.
Snowball sampling uses a small pool of initial informants to nominate, through their social networks, other participants who meet the eligibility criteria and could potentially contribute to a specific study. The term "snowball sampling" reflects an analogy to a snowball increasing in size as it rolls downhill 
Snowball Sampling is a method a used to obtain research and knowledge, from extended associations, through previous acquaintances, "Snowball sampling uses recommendations to find people with the specific range of skills that has been determined as being useful." An individual or a group receives information from different places through a mutual intermediary. This is referred to metaphorically as snowball sampling because as more relationships are built through mutual association, more connections can be made through those new relationships and a plethora of information can be shared and collected, much like a snowball that rolls and increases in size as it collects more snow. Snowball sampling is a useful tool for building networks and increasing the number of participants. However, the success of this technique depends greatly on the initial contacts and connections made. Thus it is important to correlate with those that are popular and honorable to create more opportunities to grow, but also to create a credible and dependable reputation.
I personally feel that the Military-Industrial Complex has a lot to gain from generating the impression of a hostile enemy of an extra-terrestrial war and would be concerned with projecting such a future to ensure it's own, future, survival. So, as I say, I don't have an issue with him per se and definately feel he adds dimension to the debate, but nor do I think that he is being entirely forth-right in some respects or laying himself too far on the line.
There is evidence of earth being populated by more than just 'humans'. It's very old - petroglyphs , folklore, advanced civilizations, and it all came to an end. They died out? Left? No more contact, anyway.
I disagree that there is any such evidence. My opinion of course, but I have seen nothing at all to suggest otherwise just a great deal of cherry-picking and projection which necessitates ignoring much evidence to the contrary.
Just wondering if you are all aware of how tiny the voltages are that act on the membranes of nerve cells in the brain?
It's a really interesting little system. The cell's membrane is resting at -70mV (1 microvolt = 1.0 × 10-6 volts; that's 10 to the negative 6). Then when an action potential activates the nerve, the membrane voltage increases to +30mV.
That's only 100mV, a tiny, tiny amount of energy.
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Infamy? Could be. However, I must ask how much of his work have you read and how familiar are you with his accomplishments?
Vallee certainly has more depth than might be commonly recognized and a philosophical soul to boot. That's in addition to a rather daunting intellect. You might have more in common with him than you might now think.
He almost certainly has been compromised to some degree (more on that later) but he also seems to have reserved a part of himself that is--or at least was--willing to kick against the goads so-to-speak.
Shaver claimed to have worked in a factory where, in 1932, odd things began to occur.
As Bruce Lanier Wright notes, Shaver "began to notice that one of the welding guns on his job site, 'by some freak of its coil's field atunements', was allowing him to hear the thoughts of the men working around him.
More frighteningly, he then received the telepathic record of a torture session conducted by malign entities in caverns deep within the earth".
Richard Sharp Shaver
I understand your position! I am thinking of all the depictions in paintings and tapestries from the 1300-1500's of UFO objects, and all of the other artifacts from archeological sites depicting flying machines.
.Maybe it is nothing more than mans fascination with flight, and through this fascination we have modeled our technology. Or, maybe it's the other way around; maybe our current technology comes from recovering ancient knowledge.
Science is beginning to show some credible evidence for genetic memory. If you poke a certain part of the brain, you have an OBE. Poke another, and you see aliens. Take a drug...same thing. Shaman effect? Seems these 'memories' have been passed down for aeons....
I'm still waiting for the jury to return with a verdict....
But in 2008, Mark Williams and colleagues made a surprising discovery. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), they found that when people paid attention covertly to stimuli in the periphery, brain activity in the foveal visual cortex contained information about the stimuli. Specifically, they showed that the pattern of brain activity in the foveal cortex could reveal whether two stimuli in the periphery were the same or different.
How is this possible? The foveal cortex should have been blind to the stimuli because they didn’t occur on the fovea. Williams and colleagues ruled out a series of obvious explanations for their results, before concluding that information was somehow being fed back from the periphery to the foveal cortex.
There are many theories of how feedback works, but one idea they all share is that it influences existing neural representations. So, for instance, if I wanted to use my peripheral vision to identify an object, traditional theories would predict that feedback from higher brain regions helps by boosting the representation of that object, in the region of visual cortex that is hardwired to represent that specific peripheral location.
But Mark Williams and colleagues found evidence for a very different kind of feedback: one that doesn’t just tune existing brain activity but which instead constructs an entirely new representation, and at a location in the retinotopic map where, literally, nothing should be happening.
This leads to us to ask whether feedback mechanisms are doing more than just tuning and pruning. Could feedback instead be rebuilding our visual world? There are reasons to think this might be a good idea. Feeding information to the foveal cortex could help enhance our peripheral vision by running the sensory data through the equivalent of a neuronal super computer: the most powerful and accurate processor of visual stimuli we have.
Lesions in the visual pathway affect vision most often by creating deficits or negative phenomena, such as blindness, visual field deficits or scotomas, decreased visual acuity and color blindness. On occasion, they may also create false visual images, called positive visual phenomena. These images can be a result of distortion of incoming sensory information leading to an incorrect perception of a real image called an illusion. When the visual system produces images which are not based on sensory input, they can be referred to as hallucinations. The visual phenomena may last from brief moments to several hours, but they also can be permanent. They are generally associated with other symptoms but occasionally are isolated. Conditions causing these phenomena include disruptions in the visual input along the pathways (retina, optic nerve, chiasmal[disambiguation needed] and retrochiasmal lesions) lesions in the extracortical visual system, migraines, seizures, toxic-metabolic encephalopathy, psychiatric conditions and sleep apnea, among others. The mechanisms underlying positive visual phenomena are not yet well understood. Possible mechanisms may be: 1) defect in the sensory input causing compensatory upregulation of the visual cortex, 2) faulty visual processing in which inputs are normal but lesions result in an inappropriate pattern of cortical excitation, 3)variants of normal visual processing. Of all forms of hallucination, visual hallucinations are the least likely to be associated with psychiatric disorders. For example most patients with visual hallucinations do not have schizophrenia and most patients with schizophrenia do not have visual hallucinations.
Electromagnetic fields, or electric shocks, have induced specific hallucinations in people. Those who are exposed to them, even in laboratory settings, have caused people to complain about a feeling of people following them, talking to them, or watching them. This is not always an uncomfortable sensation. Some people interpret this presence as a malevolent presence, especially if it's coupled with a feeling of unease, but others say they felt an inspiring or comforting presence. Ghost hunters will sometimes say the reverse - that ghosts cause a high electromagnetic field, or sometimes that a high electromagnetic field will allow ghosts to appear. Nobody is sure, yet, what these fields do to ghost brain DNA.
According to Technology Review:
“If this happens in the lab, then why not in the real world too, say [researchers] Joseph Peer and Alexander Kendl… They calculate that the rapidly changing fields associated with repeated lightning strikes are powerful enough to cause a similar phenomenon in humans within 200 metres.”
So when lightning strikes nearby, it can induce fields similar to the ones created by transcranial stimulation. That means you could experience luminous lines and spheres, just like subjects do in the lab.
“As a conservative estimate, roughly 1% of (otherwise unharmed) close lightning experiencers are likely to perceive transcranially induced above-threshold cortical stimuli,” say Peer and Kendl. They add that these observers need not be outside but could be otherwise safely inside buildings or even sitting in aircraft.”
That makes us wonder when else naturally occurring electric or magnetic fields might be strong enough to create hallucinations. Far out.
In Greek mythology, the Dactyls (from Greek Δάκτυλοι "fingers") were the archaic mythical race of small phallic male beings associated with the Great Mother, whether as Cybele or Rhea. Their numbers vary, but often they were ten spirit-men so like the three Curetes, the Cabiri or the Korybantes that they were often interchangeable. The Dactyls were both ancient smiths and healing magicians. In some myths, they are in Hephaestus' employ, and they taught metalworking, mathematics, and the alphabet to humans.
The Dactyls of Mount Ida in Phrygia invented the art of working metals into usable shapes with fire; Walter Burkert surmises that, as the societies of lesser gods mirrored actual cult associations, guilds of smiths corresponded to the daktyloi in real life. They also discovered iron. Three Phrygian Dactyls, in the service of the Great Mother as Adraste (Ἀδράστη), are usually named Acmon (the anvil), Damnameneus (the hammer), and Celmis (casting). Of Celmis, Ovid (in Metamorphoses iv) made a story that when Rhea was offended at this childhood companion of Zeus, she asked Zeus to turn him to diamond-hard adamant, like a tempered blade. Zeus obliged.
Later Greek attempts to justify and rationalize the relationships of Dactyls, Curetes and Corybantes were never fully successful. Strabo says of the mythographers:
"And they suspect that both the Kouretes and the Korybantes were offspring of the Daktyloi Idaioi; at any rate, the first hundred men born in Crete were called Idaian Daktyloi, they say, and these were born of nine Kouretes, for each of these begot ten children who were called Idaian Daktyloi." (Strabo, Geography 10.3.22)
The Cabiri (Kabeiroi) whose sacred place was on the island of Samothrace, were understood by Diodorus Siculus to have been Idaean dactyls who had come west from Phrygia and whose magical practices had made local converts to their secret cult.
An Idaean dactyl named Herakles (perhaps the earliest embodiment of the later hero) originated the Olympic Games by instigating a race among his four "finger" brothers. This Herakles was the "thumb"; his brothers were Aeonius (forefinger), Epimedes (middle finger), Jasius (ring finger/healing finger), and Idas (little finger).
Kind of fits in with the reactionary technophobia/Air Loom aspect too, don't you think?