Greater Dimensions

Tolstoy and the Paranormal

BY JOHN CHAMBERS

“At a round table under a lamp the countess and Alexei Alexandrovich sat talking about something in low voices. A short, lean man with womanish hips and knock-kneed legs, very pale, handsome, with beautiful, shining eyes and long hair falling over the collar of his frock coat, stood at the other end, studying the portraits on the wall… “ ‘Monsieur Landau!’ The countess addressed the man with a softness and carefulness that struck Oblonsky. And she introduced them. “Landau hastily turned, approached and, smiling, placed…

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Secrets of the Jinn

BY ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D.

Recently, while in the United Arab Emirates (February 2011), I traveled to the foothills of Jebel Hafeet in Abu Dhabi, along the border with Oman. Here 5000-year-old, beehive-shaped stone tombs record an all-but-forgotten ancient people. Based on artifacts found in their graves, they traded with Mesopotamia, possibly Egypt, and perhaps even more remote regions. But it was not just the former human creators and occupants of these structures that caught my attention. According to the locals, jinn, supernatural or supersensible beings who along with humans…

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War and Reincarnation

By John Chambers

The eight-year-old boy had been sobbing into his mother’s lap for fifteen minutes. Now he straightened up. He and his mother and father stood on the gently rocking deck of an oceangoing fishing boat that was moored some distance offshore in Chichi-Ima’s Futami-Ko harbor. Around them rose up the green mountains of this Pacific island that is close to Iwo Jima and 650 miles from Tokyo, Japan. It was September 4, 2006. As the crew watched in rapt, awed silence, the boy picked up a…

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H. G. Wells and Near-Death Experience

By John Chambers

“She was not clear whether it was night or day nor where she was; she made a second effort, wincing and groaning, and turned over and got in a sitting position and looked about her…. She seemed to be in a strange world, a sound­less, ruinous world, a world of heaped broken things. And it was lit—and somehow this seemed more familiar to her mind than any other fact about her—by a flickering, purplish-crimson light.” This isn’t a description, by a Japanese survivor, of the…

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Madame Curie and the Spirits

BY JOHN CHAMBERS

The contrast between the medium and the female scientist in attendance at her séance could hardly have been great­er. The year was 1905, the place the Psychological Institute in Paris, France. The medium was Eusapia Palladino, the dominant European psychic of her day and the first to be examined exhaustively by many of the world’s leading scien­tists. The female attendee was Marie Curie, the first woman to achieve worldwide fame as a scientist, and, in 1903, co­winner with Henri Becquerel and her husband Pierre of…

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The Multiverse Consideration

By Patrick Marsolek

The idea of parallel universes captures our imagination. Maybe it’s the appeal of imagining another world where we made different choices in our lives and we could be living with drastically different consequences. Have you ever had a feeling that you were making an important decision, where depending if you said “Yes” or “No” your life might continue in very different directions? Perhaps at that moment, your life split into two parallel universes, like in the movie “Sliding Doors.” Maybe another version of you is…

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Suicide Doesn’t Work

By Michael E. Tymn

As a young boy, I accepted everything the Catholic Church taught as absolute truth. One such “truth” was that all those who committed suicide went to hell for eternity. And so when I was informed that my step-grandfather had hung himself, I struggled with visions of him burning in hell. I wondered why he did not foresee his fate and also pondered on why God isn’t more compassionate. Apparently, the Catholic Church has modified its position on suicide in recent decades. “We should not despair…

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Are We Our Own Tailors?

By Michael E. Tymn

“Can you fancy seeing me in white robes? Mind, I didn’t care for them at first, and I wouldn’t wear them. Just like a fellow gone to a country where there is a hot climate—an ignorant fellow, not knowing what he is going to; it’s just like that. He may make up his mind to wear his own clothes a little while, but he will soon be dressing like the na­tives.” So stated Raymond Lodge, the son of Sir Oliver and Lady Lodge on November…

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