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Conscious Living with Wendy Garrett is produced by Empower Radio and featured on empoweradio, iheart, itunes, stitcher and various independent youtube channels. Programs cover a wide range of Mind-Body-Spirit/Alternative Awareness/PSI topics, including: Consciousness, UFO, Metaphysics, Paranormal and Energy Medicine.

Ongoing personal experiences with extraordinary and unexplained seen/unseen phenomena underscore my belief in a world abundant with wonders we haven't yet begun to fathom.

Experiencers, via their unique encounters, give us glimpses and clues to what potentials creation has yet to reveal when we are willing to listen to the call of the muse and curious enough to table our fear and explore the unknown inner and outer limits of being.

And the answers are there, teasing us in quirks, quarks and fantastic anomalies.

My proof
- and that is the whole point of this reality thing being very personal and unique to the individual experiencer - the light beside me goes off for a moment and then comes on again as I am composing this introduction, underscoring the "quirk" factor and the representation of the ever-present, unseen support in this adventure.

Thank you for your interest and for listening. I hope you enjoy the shows! - wendy ... and the nightlights ;)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Weston Ghosts and the nearly attached ... Dinner spirits

“Never invite any kind of spirit to enter either your home or your person. This is an extremely important point to remember. To do so always risks to unwittingly invite evil spirits in, instead. Good spirits never need to be invited in.” The New Homeowner's Guide to House Spirits, Alexei Maxim Russell, Amazon

Year number 13 for Dining with Ghosts in Weston, Mo. Always interesting. I have made some wonderful connections in Weston and through the guests who have been kind enough to share their stories with me. [An Atheist in Heaven, The Cat who turned White, Mind Control ability lost due to an Accident.]

My participation in this event started in 2010. Each year is unique.

Main Street Galleria, Weston, Mo.
Dining with Ghosts
One can expect an overview of the historical highlights outlining the more famous tales but the town is alive with hauntings and new stories are added with each passing year.

Let me say at the outset, my usual sense of the location includes the underlying presence of a buzz. It acts as a magnet that might also create a special attraction for some to visit or live in the area. 

As I experience an amplified energy in the space and at the event, I usually prepare myself in advance. I can be drained if I don't. This year was no exception but it was different, that amplification had a kicker.

Other elements to factor: weather, crowd and spirit presence. While preparing for the event, I had a prompt from my spirit guides to, "Stay focused." Not quite sure what that referenced, I asked for clarification.

My guides suggested I needed to pay closer attention to the attendees for that evening and told me I would be "tagged". Asking for a definition of "tagged" - I got nothing. They suggested I would be shown and that would be my answer. Obviously. (Severus Snape picture in my mind now.)

They then assured me this was not a threat to me. It was a lesson I could learn from. Lovely. 

My guides have a sense of humor. Each time they put me through something like this, the chuckles are to be anticipated in the epilogue. Always. 

Reassuring me that this situation is not intended to present a harm to anyone, they indicate there will be plenty of warning and cues to the presence of the "tag" in that I would have a sensation of the issue and I would know who and what it was about when it happened. Conveniently vague.

My biggest challenge with this information is to avoid overthinking or projecting an expectation or outcome onto whatever challenge I am supposed to address. That's how each new adventure starts. Short on description. Long on connecting invisible dots. Charades.

The only hints the guides offered were that the source was male and one who was not apt to blend into the crowd. Even small clues are helpful. Turns out I didn't have to look too hard to find the guy. But they knew that. Insert chuckle.

Andy (husband) helps to give me perspective when I need it. He knows what I have been advised and keeps watch for anything out of the ordinary. When we first arrived, I wondered if there might be any sort of preview of what might be in store. Could I detect an anomaly? Did anyone stand out? In a glimpse, might I identify the person I was warned about? No luck. Uncertain as to what I am looking for anyway, the night passes without incident.

About the time I have pretty much forgotten the warning, I start to feel something odd, a tightening sensation in the left side of my chest. As it progresses, from my heart down, across the rib cage, into my solar plexus, I wonder what is happening. This makes no sense. I don't say anything but the tension is building, my jaw is tightening and I am thinking I might need to shift position and stand up for a minute. Do I need to leave?

Redirect. Focus. Ground. Then I catch a few words of the conversation in progress, directly across the table from me. It begins to filter in. Curious, I detach from the discomfort and start to listen. The guy is talking about his experience at the haunted hotel across the street.

In the middle of describing a sensation that frightened him the most, he details the part of the story where he was alone in a hotel bathroom and was unexpectedly assaulted with
Locals have some interesting 
stories. To book a room.
a pain in his chest - a stabbing pain - that paralyzed him and made him unable to leave the stall.

The sensation left when his girlfriend arrived to open the door. In hearing his story, the odd tightness in my chest dissolved.

Understanding very clearly how I felt and sensed a shift in my being with this encounter, I can better define the term "tagging" as something that happens when an entity/ghost/thought-form attempts to attach to another energy source.

It can be anything, living or material form. This entity appeared to prefer a living being in this instance. Me.

When the guy was calm and in a relaxed state, the entity dislodged to seek out a different host. As soon as he reminisced and relived his frightening encounter, he became animated and excited in the act of relating the dynamic of that bold physical contact. The entity then reattached to him and refueled.

The more the fellow talked about his experience, the more animated and energized he became and the greater the sustenance he offered the entity. The ghost was attached to the guest.

My guides were right. I could identify the guy. He had been seated directly across from me all along but I hadn't sensed anything unusual until there was a lull in the activity at the table. That is when I begin to feel odd sensations and changes in my physical body.

As the entity created an intense shift in my physical body when it siphoned energy from me, I got a reminder and an immediate awareness of the potential drain these types of beings can create when one is in their presence - even if the person afflicted has no awareness or belief in such anomalies.

Given that I may have been tagged for a longer time than the few moments I experienced extreme discomfort, it might be that the event could easily go unnoticed. Thus, the need to engage psychic self-defense and energetic clearing is helpful as a regular practice and even more so when going to places that are known (and often famous) for active hauntings.

Fudge and other items are available online.
The very short encounter I describe created enough of a drain on my energy system that I spent the next 24 hours recuperating. I had also been warned, intentionally, to underscore the lesson.

Interesting what our guides know and
how much or little they are at liberty to disclose.

Indications from my spirit guides and from physical sources who are aware of the individual involved in this incident regarding the situation and the "tag" scenario are that any release I might offer would be unwelcome and/or rejected by one who is enamored with the attachment or caught up in the excitement of the drama.

As long as there remains a desire and an interest or invitation from the human host involved for those types of encounters, the potential for psychic [PK] chaos remains and provides a fuel source for various entities. Those who come into contact with such a person can expect the unexpected.

However, there is no need to be afraid or discouraged in situations where this type of activity is more prevalent. Do expand your PSI tools and broaden your awareness to understand the scenarios and individuals who (knowingly and not) feed these entities. Elevate and increase your ability to provide your own psychic self-protection. Learning is ongoing. Do ask for help when you need it.

Epilogue: Only afterward did the guides inform me that the "tag" would not stick because we were incompatible. They explain it as a matter of frequency and vibration. We are not a match. Thoughts count. I don't offer enough fuel to feed the entity. That is a tiny compliment - and they find it amusing. Translation: I am dull in a bright way. Funny.

- - -

When the 'Energy' first presented a case for these beings in Talking to Nightlights, I didn't have enough PSI awareness to appreciate or understand the potential for a symbiotic attachment and how that might work.

2 decades later. I have had time to process and engage, through personal contact, a wide variety of these non-physical beings in a more direct manner and find it apparent that entities such as these can create havoc in ways we have yet to account for or openly acknowledge. While that fact might be unspoken outside metaphysical circles, it isn't any big secret.

What remains to be done with the entity who tagged me? It's complicated. Telling it to move on or clearing the space are among the options but not a topic I will address here.

The greater point being: Our thoughts and emotions unchecked are creating a great deal of surplus source fuel for entities running amuk. (Not to mention the corporeal delinquents having a field day.) When we clean up our thoughts to embrace, transmute and integrate our emotions, some of those mischievous entities, with nothing left to stir the pot, will finally be motivated to move on.

And we will consciously ascend. A work in progress, PSI evolution underway.

- - - 

Note: Weston is listed on various sites as one of the most haunted cities in Missouri. Haunted sites don't measure activity by calendar dates. Ghosts are present 24/7. If you desire an encounter, visit. No guarantees.

Order Ghost Tales of Weston or the Cookbook.
A recent report [10/17] involved a tourist who said she and her friends saw no ghosts in nearby Atchison. She then encountered a ghost at the Galleria, not once, but twice.

She told Verna she saw a woman (who wasn't there) walk briskly by her in a hallway.

The tourist told the downstairs counter person that someone (unseen) pulled her hair. The tourist promptly vacated.

Her friends, excited about the possibility of interaction, remained, pulled out their cell phones to explore, hoping to capture images or sounds. No results.

Belief in the supernatural or ghosts is not required. However, once one has had an encounter, disbelief is harder to hang onto. Don't be surprised if your friendships change.

Visitors are welcome at Main Street Galleria and invited to shop or dine during business hours throughout the year.

Supporting Information:
Journey of Souls, Michael Newton
Far Journeys, Robert Monroe
Spirit Rescue, Tick Gaudreau, Dave Darrow
Psychic Self Defense, Dion Fortune
Ena Twigg - Medium,
Ingo Swann - Psychic, Ingo
Very much alive - Uri Geller - Psychic:
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May your eyes always be open.
May your hearts overflow.
That which enchants will also protect -
May this you will always know.
 ~ Ted Andrews: Intercession of Spirits, Working with Animals, Angel and Ancestors

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Alternate Perceptions - and my Interview [Wendy Garrett] with Brent Raynes

Curiouser and curiouser, as the saying goes. Reality is beyond knowing. - Talking to Nightlights

So many unusual experiences are now part of my life since the Nightlight Energy entered my daily
The Energy - it
started in 1997 -
routine that I have become much more aware that what we consider to be reality might not be a consensus view after all.

Reality is more likely to be a personal engagement that can shift and fold on occasion and operate in completely unexpected and unpredictable, time-bending ways that the consensus view does not permit or acknowledge. I believe reality is interactive and relative to the experiencer. That is my personal experience.

Cameo - outside,
when the light
is turned off -
and comes on anyway.
Given I have an unorthodox view of reality (and, no doubt, I am not alone in that camp), I tend to seek out and explore topics that deviate from the conventional and consensus mindset.

Often challenging, always interesting, what we see here with our physical eyes is a tiny fraction of the totality present in "reality". That is what fascinates me and why I believe, whatever the presentation in the physical world, the unseen aspect offers a far greater and more relevant perspective on the nature of being.

Each participant on this planet is a dynamic and reflective element of consciousness. All are part of the dream in becoming. We who are participating in this adventure called "human" are evolving and expanding in awareness to recover/discover that knowing, the ONE in all.

We - at this stage of our corporeal evolution - have barely engaged a fraction of our potential. Wow! And then some.

I interviewed Brent Raynes for Wendy's Coffeehouse on Talk Radio KCMO 710 AM in September, 2017. Here is the podcast on AudioBoom. We talk about the Paranormal, Journalist/UFOlogist John Keel, EVPs and more.
About Brent Raynes: Blog post on Wendy's Coffeehouse.

Why is John Keel so fascinating?
About Journalist John Keel, a fan site: John

John Keel on the Mothman Prophecies: YouTube

Book: The Mothman Prophecies/Amazon

Obit - reflection on meeting John Keel in the The New Yorker:

"He lectured on the nature of belief, on the variances of truth, on the dangers of extreme skepticism, and on his aversion to love. When we finally had to leave—nearly two hours later—and were standing in the doorway, Keel called us over and said, “One day you’ll know,” then bid us farewell."

John Keel on Secrecy - MAGIC: YouTube

DVDs of Keel available at: Forteans

Movie Trailer: The Mothman Prophecies 

Brent's interview on Mysterious America - about his book Visitors from Hidden Realms

Brent asked if he could interview me as well. So, we talked some more. Here is the newsletter if you are unfamiliar with Brent and his work. Plenty of topics and information for the curious.

Start where you feel drawn and explore. An amazing world/reality we inhabit. And what lies beyond is fantastically and phenomenally, incomprehensibly more.

_ _ _
Archival Newsletter for Alternate Perceptions, No. 236, November 2017
Editor: Brent Raynes (

In this issue: 

Two interviews (both audio) with your editor. One interview is with Wendy Garrett, a talk show host of Wendy's Coffeehouse on KCMO AM/FM radio out of Mission, Kansas. Wendy is also a psychic channeler, feels she has had experiences with spirits and UFOs, and shares lots of details with us! Interview.

The other interview is with Australian Fortean author and researcher Mike Williams who shares details of his personal UFO experiences and many personal thoughts about the used, abused, and confused state he perceives ufology (and other potentially interrelated fields) to be in, and expresses his opinions and admiration for the work done by pioneer UFO authors like John Keel and Jacques Vallee. 

Spiritual Belief and Practices of America's Ancient Mound Builders, Part Two, by Dr. Greg Little explains ancient death journey rituals, the construction, use, and arrangements of Indian Mounds and earthworks in all of this, and how solar and stellar alignments at certain time periods factored into ceremonies conducted to maintain spiritual balance and guidance for the journey of the soul at death. 

Operation Demon, Part 5, continues with Stan Morrison's personal journey along the borders of the known physical everyday world and alternate realities where things may become so strange and bizarre that you at times might have to do a mental reality check and perhaps even question your own sanity. 

In Reality Checking, my feature this month is entitled "Keel, Jadoo, and Clifton?" It takes you to strange events that I and others investigated in and around the small river town of Clifton, Tennessee where an angel, UFOs, a possible Bigfoot, ghosts, people awakening at exactly 3:33 a.m. (one describing possible psychic attacks from a dark entity), an underground fire that burned for years, a black magic practitioner, and the mysterious presence identifying itself through a radio as "John Keel," seemingly drawing our attention to "monsters" and "Jadoo" (which is a word meaning black magic in the Orient, and part of the title of Keel's first book back in 1957) has all been reported. 

Encounters with the Unknown: The little hairy man and the bonfire is another strange entity encounter described by Albert S. Rosales. This one (an elemental?) reported in Poland back in 1991. 

Classic Mysteries: An extraordinary UFO sighting over Cleveland, by Rick Hilberg. Cleveland, Ohio, that is. Described as one of "the best mass UFO sightings ever reported from a major American city and a truly documented unknown case." 

And, of course, we have new books hot off the presses that we have reviewed, and News links to intriguing stories and interviews from other sources out there that share our "alternate perceptions" point of view. And especially awesome for newcomers (assuming you old timers have already done so) we have lots and lots of archived back issues going back quite a few years now. 

So why wait - go now to:

Monday, October 9, 2017

Feather Light, Moonbeam Hammer ... Angel Humor

If I knew, I still wouldn't know. - Talking to Nightlights II

It was one of those incredible moments when I had the whole thing figured out. I knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing, why my life had to be a certain way, why some things are more important than others for each of us and what really matters this time around.

I had no doubt. Everything was so incredibly clear and perfect.

And that is all I can remember about it because I had to leave my Angel book behind when I slipped through that gray, misty cloud of the in-between. I held onto it as long as I could. The euphoria of knowing my origin was intense and joyful but they would not let me keep my book.

I can't remember details about who "they" were or how I had been able to return to see them. Very quickly, things became fuzzy. That's why I wanted to hang onto the Angel book as my reference. And that is not allowed. I knew that too.

Turtles sunning at the lake ... 
I understand now that I needed a boost, a jump-start reminder to help me feel more comfortable in my role.

Even now, I am not sure as to the specifics of the role, although I do know there are some precise elements and they can exist and I can honor them without need of knowing. I am given clues off and on but I still want to know more.

Details, I don't remember. I do remember the emotions, that fantastic feeling as I tried to return with the cherished book clutched securely in my hand.

I was thrilled to have made the re-connection. I knew it wasn't supposed to come back with me but it was (and is) mine and when I held it in my hand, it felt so solid that I thought it would be easy to simply keep holding onto it once I had it.

What actually happened was that, as I slipped through the clouds, my hand caught. Like a kid with her hand in the cookie jar, having to choose removing my hand or being stuck in the hazy cloud of in-between, holding the cookie, I had to let go. I did, continuing to fall back to earth, thinking I would just have to remember. And, after all, it was really very simple. So simple in fact, that it would certainly be impossible to forget. But the pages blanked. The images, words, messages, knowing evaporated with the book.

I forgot. Yet, in some unfathomable way, it is all still here/there. I won't know in a linear or concrete form but the larger part of me remembers and that's where the dots connect. Most likely, I won't get to read my Angel book again. It's not even a thing I was supposed to remember - but I was in my late 20's and beginning to get very tired of the whole thing - I couldn't see the point and it was all so very serious.

It was a gift.

No one seemed to be having any fun or allowing that to be part of the journey. Seeing and holding my Angel book gave me a giant infusion of euphoria. Sometimes I remember that and the world is a brighter space. When I forget and the tiredness creeps in, something happens to help me remember. Apparently, I was tired again because I got a little jump start - to remind me the mystery is always flowing and I have friends in high places.

We went away for the weekend. 

Needed a break. Had to remove myself from the present lock-step routine, disengage and disconnect from the overwhelm; obligations, agreements, schedules and expectations. Harvest moon. I forgot. Headaches sometimes accompany that energy onslaught.

My head started filling Thursday night. Friday morning it was still full and making me tired and uncomfortable until I remembered the moon and understood why the aspirin didn't work. Energy headaches require stones. I remember and then I forget. Hematite works best for me.

So the moon wakes me up at 1:30 and again at 3 am. I am awake until shortly before I have to get up. Then the alarm wakes me.

The day passes and we are off on our adventure. We go to a place where I can relax, where the stars are brighter and the air full of singing frogs and crickets, with an occasional punctuation from an owl. I am asleep before I know it.

Daybreak, the clouds have arrived and the sky is rainy. And that is just fine.

I love the sound on the roof. Watching the droplets attack the water, the morning passes. We play dominoes then head out when the clouds part to find the mini-golf course. I can get a hole in one on a good day. On my best day, I had four.

Headache gone. Night comes. I fall asleep on the couch, too tired to stay awake for the movie we started. Something is brushing my arm. Deliberate, soft strokes. It succeeds in getting my attention, waking me up. I don't usually have my arm covering my face but it is and I wonder why Andy is brushing my arm with that feather. He wants something?

I move my arm and I am blinded. He is shining a flashlight in my face. What is this about? He says nothing. Now, I am irritated. Blinding me with a bright light is not funny. I am confused and frustrated. I had been sound asleep. I want to smack that flashlight out of his hand.

I feel myself getting mad at him for playing this kind of trick on me. I don't like this joke. Thoughts racing, I am ready to yell at him to STOP standing over me and to get that darn light OUT of my eyes.

Then --- it hits me. Incredulous, my eyes start to focus. I notice something is very different from what I have been perceiving.

Quiet. Andy isn't laughing and he hasn't said anything. Stunned, I see the light I mistook for a blinding flashlight is the moon, shining through the skylight. It has just started to peek through the window.

Had my arm still been across my face, I would have slept through it. Andy woke me when he brushed me with that feather.

Fully awake now, less blinded by the moon, steadily streaming on me through the skylight, I realize Andy is asleep in the other room. I hear him breathing. The dogs are with him. The space beside me feels oddly empty.

I had the fleeting sense someone was standing alongside me but I am alone on the couch. Fuzzy brain moment fading. Blinding me intentionally with a light isn't a thing Andy would do. And there aren't any feathers here.

Someone wanted me to see the moon. I asked the someone why.

Someone says, "Because there is magic in the moonlight and if you sleep through it you won't remember."

I see the red light flashing at me from across the room. My nightlight has shifted into a new form here, winking at me from the surge protector. It's our little secret.

Feathers and Moonlight
Guests kept unplugging the other nightlight because they thought it was shorting out, defective. It wasn't but the constant unplugging eventually burned the light out.

So it switched form. During the day, when others are watching, it stays on. No blinking or flickering, a reminder that there are some things we are here to know without really knowing or having the ability to tell.

As for the feather...

I am awake. Again. There is magic in the moonlight. I am supposed to see it. I have to remember in dreams and in non-dream dreaming, I dream all things possible.

(I wonder if they showed me my Angel book again and what I might know now that I can't remember until I need it.)

I need to apologize to Andy for all the rotten things I was thinking when I thought for sure he was standing over me, blinding me with a flashlight. I felt the sudden, unexpected rush of anger build and for what? What am I supposed to know?

Emotional charge, a trigger for movement. Maybe... a buzz.

It works. I remember the important piece of the puzzle I forgot about involving my Angel book. I remember the phrase: "I have gone to the Circle of One, from which we all come." I repeated that phrase over and over, like a mantra, as I released my grip on my treasured Angel book and fell to earth through the clouds. I had to have something to help me. Words, focus, repetition. I made myself remember. Darn amnesia. It wasn't time.

Divine intervention moves mountains and wakes the dead. Thus, the sleeper can engage the fuel for active recovery dreaming: emotions. I am inspired through this energetic infusion to embrace living in conscious being: Illumination. Vibrant. Magical. Unknowing.

Feathers and Moonlight.

I don't have my answers until I need them because I love the mystery.

And that is my most recent wake up call.

"There is magic in the moonlight and if you sleep through it you won't remember."  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eclectic Links plus the Teaser Chapter from Russell Brinegar's 'Overlords of the Singularity' 1/3

“Mathematical truth is not determined arbitrarily by the rules of some 'man-made' formal system, but has an absolute nature, and lies beyond any such system of specifiable rules.” - Roger Penrose, Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness 

Quantum Streaming Math and Theories -

Issue 47. Nautilus. - Quantum Consciousness Theorist, "Penrose believes we must go beyond Neuroscience and into the mysterious world of Quantum Mechanics to explain our rich mental life." View his presentation, The Quantum Nature of Consciousness/YouTube. Of Roger Penrose, Physicist Lee Smolin/Time Reborn says, he's "one of the very few people I've met in my life who, without reservation, I call a genius." Smolin in Scientific American - Physics Must Evolve. 

Eclectic and otherwise, Interesting Links -

Traveling into the future to return to the past ... You are HERE. [... and not.]
Collin Davis's film: Telescope. Looking back at Earth - from the Future. 

Official filmmaker site:
DUST: Binge-watchable Sci-fi Subscribe on YouTube crop

Russell Brinegar spoke with me about his Near Death Experience, one in which he found himself in contact with a transcended version of himself. A deep transformation followed and the book Overlords of the Singularity is part of that life redirect.

Interview with Russell Brinegar on Wendy's Coffeehouse and we continue our talk in a 2nd interview on Conscious Living on Empower Radio.

As the introduction states, "Following a near-death experience that prompted a personal awakening to the underlying, interdimensional nature of reality, the author shares insights into the realm of the paranormal."

Russell has given me permission to share some of that book here on the blog. Too long to post all at once, I'll post in segments. The book is available on Amazon.

**Please NOTE: Links have been added by me (Wendy) for context and support. There are no links in the original copy.

[Chapter 4]

UFOs and the Technological Singularity
Russell Brinegar, 'Overlords of the Singularity: The Manipulation of Humankind by Hidden UFO Intelligences and the Quest for Transcendence'-  CreateSpace

“I believe there is a machinery of mass manipulation behind the UFO phenomenon.” – Dr. Jacques Vallee

In recent years, the science of quantum mechanics and theoretical physics have merged with the science of consciousness itself. Concepts such as quantum entanglement have changed the way we look at the universe and our place in it. *Scientific Breakthrough, reported 7/2017, The Independent

Quantum entanglement poses that, prior to the moment of the Big Bang, all particles that are now spread out across the Cosmos were once unified as a cohesive whole, and as such all subatomic particles in the universe remain connected to one another on a fundamental level, regardless of the distance they have grown apart by the expansion of the Universe.

Add to that the observer effect, in which the act of observation itself is the factor that converts a pure energy wave into a particle of matter, introducing an element of subjectivity into our concept of the universe that we once thought of as immutable, objective reality. 

The presumed solidity of the universe that we once took for granted has now melted into a chaos of
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pure energy and quantum potentiality, the solidity revealing itself scientifically as a mere illusion.  One of the physicists on the forefront of this fascinating and complex field is theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. With his many books, Kaku has done an excellent job translating the mechanics and implications of modern theoretical physics into language that anyone of reasonable intelligence can understand, regardless of scientific background.

One such book is Parallel Worlds. In this work, Kaku speaks of the mathematician, John von Neumann, who was the first person to use the term, Singularity. 

Popularized by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, the Singularity now commonly refers to an approaching state of humankind, when, following a long history of slow, painstaking progress, technological advancements accelerate exponentially into the realm of advanced, self-aware, artificial intelligence that vastly exceeds the computing capability and storage capacity of the human mind and takes us into completely unknown territory. *Astronomers report evidence of the Multiverse. Reported 5/2017, The Guardian

Suddenly, and soon, we will be confronted by machines of our own creation that are possibly billions of times smarter than we are. As far as we know, an event such as the Singularity has never happened in all of human history, and the implications of this inevitable event that is soon upon us are completely unknown. 

The Singularity is currently a hot subject among futurists, physicists, and AI (artificial intelligence) experts, generating much debate and theorizing. Some individuals who take the time to examine the subject and discover the quagmire of complicated issues that self-aware AI inevitably thrusts upon us become overwhelmed, frightened, or even repulsed. Some even decide to reject technology altogether to save humankind before we create a monster that destroys us. 

Others who share a more optimistic outlook, like Michio Kaku and futurist Ray Kurzweil, have decided that, despite the daunting possibilities of disaster for the human race, embracing the coming Singularity and trying to make it work for us is the correct route to take. The concept of the Singularity has spawned an entire subculture with quasi-religious overtones, and produced individuals who call themselves Singularitarians.

These technical optimists express idealistic ambitions of merging human consciousness with the machines we are about to create. The Singularity is expected to produce a hybrid version of humanity, part biological, and part machine, with a very real possibility for the achievement of human immortality, having transcended the biological format we have been using thus far, and transferring our consciousness into a silicon substrate with indefinitely expanded lifespans.

This is the gist of the Transhumanist movement. These new visionaries imagine electronically-augmented humans in our near future who possess expanded thought and perceptual abilities, possibly even superhuman powers, taking us into a post-human, post-biological world. The optimists view the coming Singularity as the next stage in human evolution, and look forward to a form of transcendence from our current biological limitations. 

In its most extreme version, the Singularity might even allow humanity to finally escape the confines of three-dimensional reality altogether, and possibly merge with other entities that may exist throughout the universe who have also achieved a post-physical form of cosmic transcendence. 

In Kaku’s, The Future of the Mind, and Ray Kurzweil’s, The Singularity is Near, the possibilities of downloading the memories and personalities of human beings into machines to create conscious, artificial intelligences that were once completely human but now exist as computer-enhanced or augmented cyborgs are explored. 

Such a person, who was once completely biological, is now transformed into an immortal synthetic human being with an indefinite lifespan. The Holy Grail of human technological ambition, immortality, is projected to exit the realm of science fiction and enter the realm of reality with the approaching Singularity, which futurists like Kurzweil predict will occur sometime around the year 2045. *Immortality Project Underway. Reported 3/2017, The Guardian

The problem is, because the coming Singularity will propel us into completely unknown territory, there is really no way to predict the outcome. Some fear that, once machines are suddenly billions of times smarter than humans and self-aware, they might just decide to destroy humanity like a mere nuisance and take over the planet. 

James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention:Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, states (chapter 1 audible): If the ASI [artificial superintelligence] doesn’t care about us, and there’s little reason to think that it should, it will experience no compunction about treating us unethically, even taking our lives after promising to help us.

Chapter 4, Part One. Continued in following posts. Previous post/Russell Brinegar - Link

Check out Wendy's Coffeehouse (live) Sunday night, 8pm Central time/USA on KCMO Talk Radio or in the podcast archives. 

7/16 - F. P. (Frank) Dorchak, Paranormal Author: Sleepwakers. Talking writing, blogging and our Float experiences/note: He's merging his web content. Links should follow.
7/23 - Jason DeBord Dream Interpretation - The Dream Theater. Revisiting dreams.
10/08 - Steve Hammons, Blog Communications Professional, Writer, Editor, Journalist, Novelist: Mission into Light and Light's Hand

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