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Myth and Fiction blend with Reality

"In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or becomes true within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the mind there are no limits."
- John C. Lilly, M.D, Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments, 2nd ed. (New York: The Julian Press, 1972), p. xxi.

"To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
- Albert Einstein, November 9, 1930

collective unconscious
In Jungian psychology, a part of the unconscious mind, shared by a society, a people, or all humankind, that is the product of ancestral experience and contains such concepts as science, religion, and morality.

n 1: the occurrence of two or more things coming together 2: the approach of an infinite series to a finite limit [syn: convergency] 3: a representation of common ground between theories or phenomena; "there was no overlap between their proposals" [syn: overlap, intersection]

Luke 17 : (KJV)
34   I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35   Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36   Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37   And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

TAKEN: The epic miniseries (Science fiction)
Taken is an epic saga that weaves together the stories of three families over multiple generations — and their crucial roles in the history of alien abductions. Set against the backdrop of actual historical events, Taken creates a powerfully emotional and evocative tale of mankind's encounters with extraterrestrials.

Left Behind: The Movie (Religious drama)
In one chaotic moment, millions of people around the world suddenly disappear. Mass confusion hits while vehicles suddenly unmanned veer out of control, fires erupt and hysteria breaks out as the living stare in disbelief and fear at the empty places where their loved ones were just seconds before. This is the rapture, the first sign to begin the unraveling of the end of time.

Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.

"But if we look at the ever accelerating production of scientific discoveries, technological innovations and cultural developments in general, the "cultural renaissance" does not seem such an absurd idea anymore."
- Principia Cybernetica Web, Increasing intelligence: the Flynn effect

Lam said he believes the process, called "quantum teleportation" and which takes a nanosecond — one billionth of one second — will soon be used for teleporting matter.
- Scientists Report 'Teleported' Data, Mon Jun 17, 2002

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
- Revelation 7:1-9 :: King James Version (KJV)

"Although science has not even remotely destroyed religion, Shermer's Last Law predicts that the relation between the two will be profoundly affected by contact with an ETI. To find out how, we must follow Clarke's Second Law: "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." Ad astra!"
- Skeptic Michael Shermer, Shermer's Last Law

    I’m having fun looking for coincidences between myth/fiction/prophecy and commonly perceived reality. There are actually lots of examples of an increased blending of ETIs, ‘Gods’, popular fiction and current events. I think the recent (May 2002) bridge story is interesting in that it is similar to events in the film The Mothman Prophecies (see below).  On the pages linked from this one I present evidence concerning several other stories such as, X-Files final episode, K-PAXStar Wars episode 2, The Core and the Enterprise season finale.  On the last page I elaborate on what I observe as an emerging pattern (A Beautiful Mind?).  Even if you want to think I'm crazy for suggesting there is meaning behind these relationships I suggest reading them for no other reason then you'll enjoy discovering the shared mythology and various scientific theories that influence the writers of these programs.  Other films I will probably go see if for no other reason than the suggestive title.

Signs, Tagline: It's Not Like They Didn't Warn Us - Why
Star Trek Nemesis, Tagline: A Generation's Final Journey... Begins - Why and Why
The Ring, Tagline: Before you die, you see the ring - Why
Solaris - Why and Why
Minority Report, Tagline: What would you do if you were accused of a murder, you had not committed... yet?  - Why
Road to Perdition, [Perdition - a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation] - Why and Why
Bulletproof Monk, From Theatrical Trailer: "It is not about anger, it's about peace. It is not about power, it's about grace.  It is not about knowing your enemy, it's about knowing yourself."  - Why
X2: X-Men United, Tagline: "The time has come for those who are different to stand united" - Why, and here's an insightful interpretation of contemporary parallels.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003),  - Why and Why
The Matrix: Reloaded,  - Why, Why and Why
The Matrix: Revolutions , Release Date: November 5th, 2003. Tagline: "Everything that has a beginning has an end"

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.


A Little Too Real  
from All Things Considered, Monday , February 10, 2003
Hollywood is a dream factory. But what happens when real-world events make the dreams feel like nightmares? NPR's Bob Mondello looks at movies that come too close to reality for comfort.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
“Described by director Mark Pellington as "a psychological mystery with naturally surreal overtones," The Mothman Prophecies begins like an ambitious episode of The X-Files. …As the Mothman terrifies a West Virginia town, he remains an enigma, glimpsed almost subliminally. This--along with a magnificently creepy soundtrack--amplifies the movie's surreal overtones while keeping everything else (unsettling phone calls, prophesied disasters, suggestions of the afterlife) completely unexplained….”

Bridge Collapse Probe Perplexing
Mon May 27, 2002
WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. (AP) - Investigators sought clues Monday to why a barge that collapsed a section of freeway bridge was so far off course and why the span came down so quickly. Rescuers, meanwhile, pulled a fourth body from the underwater tangle of steel and concrete.

Authorities said several vehicles remain underwater from Sunday's collapse of the Interstate 40 bridge over the murky, swiftly flowing Arkansas River.

As many as a dozen people were killed when a 500-foot section of the nearly 2,000-foot bridge was sheared off, according to the Highway Patrol. Four bodies — three women and one man — were recovered by Monday and at least five people escaped with injuries.

Profile: Parallels between the movies and real-life tragedies  
February 10, 2003
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Lynn Neary.
The real world and the world of movie make-believe don't intersect very often, but when they do, Hollywood tends to give way. The events of September 11th, 2001, for instance, prompted a three-month postponement for the thriller "Collateral Damage," in which Arnold Schwarzenegger battles terrorists who had blown up a skyscraper. Other headlines also have on-screen parallels, ones that critic Bob Mondello says the film industry views with everything from horror to delight.

Apocalypse Now
The biggest book of the summer is about the end of the world. It's also a sign of our troubled times
By NANCY GIBBS, Time Magazine, Posted Sunday, June 23, 2002; 2:31 a.m. EST
"The word apocalypse," he observes, "comes from a Greek word that literally means 'lifting of the veil.' In an apocalyptic age, people feel that the veil of normal, secular reality is lifting, and we can see behind the scenes, see where God and the devil, good and evil are fighting to control the future." To the extent that more people in the U.S. and around the world believe history is accelerating, that ancient prophecies are being fulfilled in real time, "it changes the way people feel about their circumstances, and the way they act.

"I would go for years without anyone asking about the End Times," says Thomas Tewell, senior minister of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan—hardly a hothouse of apocalyptic fervor. "But since Sept. 11, hard-core, crusty, cynical New York lawyers and stockbrokers who are not moved by anything are saying, 'Is the world going to end?', 'Are all the events of the Bible coming true?' They want to get right with God. I've never seen anything like it in my 30 years in ministry."

Profile: Parallels between the movies and real-life tragedies  
February 10, 2003
With the nation's capital reeling from daily sniper attacks last October, the decision facing executives at 20th Century Fox was simple. They had a movie called "Phone Booth" about a sniper terrorizing a city as police stood by helplessly. It was supposed to open then, but it clearly couldn't. Later, after suspects had been apprehended in Washington and the real shootings had ceased, Fox announced a new opening date, this coming April.

Phone Booth (2003)
Drama and Thriller
1 hr. 20 min. In this intense drama, which takes place in and around a single phone booth in New York City, a man who is being watched by a rooftop killer with a sniper rifle must use the phone to save his life or else risk the consequences of leaving the booth.

Police Credit Pa. Man With 1st Sniper Call
Information From Md. Phone Logs Could Determine Who Gets Reward Money
By Petula Dvorak
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 14, 2003; Page B02
The first call on the sighting that came to state police in the early morning went like this: "The 1990 blue Caprice that you all are looking for, it's in a rest area, Route 70 westbound. It looks like there's two people sitting in the car." The voice in the 911 recording was Donahue's, Shipley said.

Police responding to that call found John Allen Muhammad, 42, and Lee Boyd Malvo, 17, the pair accused of shooting 13 people -- 10 fatally -- in Maryland, Virginia and the District.


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