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How to start this episode with paranormal researcher and author John E.L. Tenney? He's been working in the field of unexplained phenomenon for decades now, he's the author of multiple books, has appeared on just about every paranormnal/ghosthunting show, and gives lectures around the world on high and low strangeness. Well, I detail our crazy first meeting at the top of the episode, so you'll hear it there.
But also, I just want to say here, that something we learn from John, and why he is the perfect guest for this show is: When you see an "abnormal" thing that betrays the paranormal reality we live in, instead of trying to compartmentalize, think about what that aberration might mean for reality. And at the same time, work to make your personality ready for interpreting it.
The thing about John is that through him, you experience a different quality of life, a different way of living. His example reminds you how strange the normal world is. How if we just take life on its own terms, we find ourselves surrounded by a whirl of intensity - bizarre, alive, exciting, and frightening in the best way possible.
So excited to share this with you, friends.
ON THIS EPISODE
- The usefulness of a failed paranormal investigation
- Why documentaries about me and John would be boring
- Why are people afraid of ghosts, and should they be?
- Are ghosts erotic? Do we see them with the Svadhishthana or Muladhara chakras?
- The way people talk about paranormal stuff at conventions now vs how they used to decades ago.
- Does tech capture images/sounds of ghosts? If so, are they more powerful than our sense? Than physics?
- Why making yourself ready to see ghosts matters.
- Trump as an atheist President.
- Why Flat-Earthers are right, and why Richard Dawkins is wrong about...well, most stuff.
- Breaking away from myths and cycles + why I hate Star Wars and Lord of the Rings (no I am not sorry).
- Why Moses had to turn his head from God.
- The tension between being a trusted shaman at the end of the lane and witch who gets burned by villagers.
• For more on John, visit his great website, Weird Lectures. John's got a lot of books out (and you can find most of them on the bookshop.org page above), but the best look into his way of seeing paranormal investigation is Theoretical Weirdo. Here's John talking to literally the most normal person in the world on Fox News.
• I mentioned the occult technology radionics - and I did a whole episode about it back on AEWCH 113, featuring an old conversation I had with radionics pioneer Duncan Laurie. I've included the image below so you see some radionics devices.
• Would you like to mess yourself up considering space and time (and how it may or may not relate to ghosts, for that matter)? Well, read quasi-fascist occultist Massimo Scaligero's The Secrets of Space and Time.
• Take Shelter is an incredible film, and if you haven't seen it, you really should.
• Norman Davidson's quote is "If you want to have any idea about the connection between astronomy, that is, the heavenly body themselves, and astrology, that is the influences on the human being, then you must understand that, in reality, the earth is still and flat, and the sun and the heavens circle the earth…”
• I'm trying to find some good collections of Isaac Asimov essays, but can't! If you know a widely-available one, please post in comments below!
• I talk a bit more about the connection between The Great God Pan and our moment of "pan demons/pandemic" on the latest Duncan Trussell Family Hour. And I had a great time talking about the guy who coined fractalnoia, Doug Rushkoff, on AEWCH 125. And there's so much about the value of dewitchers in our culture on AEWCH 98 with Thomas Waters.
Until next time, friends, keep your world happily haunted.
(also, John is kind of a dad, isn't he?)