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Astronaut Says Some Events Are Unexplainable

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 15:01:03 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 15:01:03 -0400
Subject: Astronaut Says Some Events Are Unexplainable  

Source: The Gainesville Sun - Gainesville, Florida


May 20 2005

Astronaut says some events are unexplainable

By Brittany Rajchel
Special To The Sun

The sixth man to walk on the moon spoke about his experience
with unexplainable phenomena Thursday to a skeptical audience of
about 100 scientists.

Edgar Mitchell, an astronaut on Apollo 14, talked of the
experiences that led him to research the unexplainable at the
24th annual meeting of the Society for Scientific Exploration at
the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel in Gainesville.

"It isn't science, but personal experience, that stimulates you
to do good science," he said.

Mitchell, who holds a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, worked on the
first extended research trip to the moon in 1971. He founded the
Institute of Noetic Sciences to sponsor the study of
unconventional scientific models, such as intuition and feeling,
and he was inducted into the Space Hall of Fame in 1979 and the
Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1998.

His interest in the unexplainable began on his way back to Earth
aboard Apollo 14. He gazed out the window and realized he was
connected to the stars, his colleagues and the planet through
his own molecules, he said.

"You could see the Earth, the moon and the stars with each
rotation of the spacecraft," Mitchell said. "The stars were
literally brighter for me. It was an awesome, awe-inspiring view
of the heavens."

He could not find scientific literature on his experience, and
he had to delve into Sanskrit literature to define his personal
moment, inspiring him to begin scientific research on
unexplainable occurrences.

Further incidents spiked his interest in topics that traditional
science labeled as hoaxes.

Mitchell said a telepathic partner "teleported" tie pins from a
jewelry box Mitchell had lost years before, and a Tibetan healer
cured his mother's glaucoma.

As a scientist, he had a hard time believing it, he said, but he
could not deny it either.

"I was used to looking at science in theory and in abstract, not
in what I was experiencing personally," he said.

Further research showed him that all cultures have unexplainable
occurrences, but most have been attributed to religion instead
of science, causing confusion and misunderstanding, he said.

Audience members were willing to acknowledge Mitchell's
controversial opinion.

Granted, his anomalies are hard to understand," said Marilyn
Schmidt, an SSE member from San Diego. "If we understood them,
we wouldn't be here. Trying to understand them gives us a way to
look at life's meaning and go into deeper issues."

SSE wants to provide a forum for discussions as controversial as
Mitchell's experiences, said Thomas Dykstra, society secretary
and host of the meeting. Still, Mitchell's speech is not to be
taken as fact, Dykstra said.

"Scientists normally come up with reasons to deny or ignore
Mitchell's experiences," he said. "In this setting, we're
willing to accept it as a topic of conversation, not necessarily
as truth. The society doesn't want to endorse any of the
speeches given today. It simply hopes to provide a forum."

[UFO UpDates thanks The Norm for the lead]

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