Daniel W. VanArsdale
It's a poor sort of memory
that only works backwards. -The White Queen
This is a chronological list of possible
paranormal experiences. Most involve seeming precognition in
dreams or waking states, by myself
or someone well known to me. Most of the accounts are
from my personal journal which I have kept, sporadically,
since 1968. This journal now comprises 23 volumes. In the
first several years dream accounts predominated, often
followed by interpretations from a psychological perspective.
Later more daily life was recorded, and in the past few
years very few entries of any kind appear. I never expected
this writing would be made public, so some of it is in an
abbreviated style, and most of it was not composed with the
care I would now prefer. However, to provide the best evidence
for or against paranormal content, I have preserved here much
original text. Such text is always dated, and appears in
There may be minor edits but only if they do not effect
evidential value. Deletions may be indicated by "...".
Particular thoroughness is exercised in those several cases
where a dream
was written down before events happened that matched
content. Many composed comments are dated "3/2010" when I
this web page. Comments added to quoted original text are
Some more events have been added since 3/2010 and I will
continue to add items that seem appropriate. Some of the
accounts here are not evidence for the paranormal. These are
given for their possible interest, or to make some point. Of
the anticipated events here, none were of any great
significance to myself or others. It is all trivia, as far as
I can tell.
In a final section I have identified some recurrent features
of the dreams here, and offered some general comments about
precognition. This subject is not only
an unwelcome guest in the scientific world view, neither does
it fit in comfortably with religious philosophies. When I began recording my dreams 40 years ago I did not
believe that "precognition" was possible. However personal
experiences eventually convinced me of its reality, though
whether there is a "knowing" involved, or just some mysterious
and noisy repetition, who can say?
In any case, the world appears to be far more complicated,
more interconnected, than we can currently comprehend.
1. Phantom Home 2. Heidi's Dream and
Headache 3. Calling
Danny 4. Surprise Permission 5. Out of
6. Capadoccia 7. Special Delivery 8. Black
9. Triple Coincidence
Queen 11. Crab or Lobster
12. White Rainbow 13. Superior Hangings 14. Freed Animals 15. Tunnel
Flower 16. Quatal
Nunashish 17. Buda
18. Piano Tuner 19. Amazing Glass 20. Shadow Shadow 21. Twin Pipes 22. Two or Five, Whatever 23.
24. Another Aunt 25. Closet Outlets 26. Goodluck
Jonathan 27. Coxeter,
Problematic Greetings 29. Dog
30. Southampton Hospital
1. Phantom Home
1945, age 8. Text: 3/2010. From memory.
From 1943 to 1946 my family lived in a small house on the
summit of the Palos Verdes Hills (southwest of Los Angeles).
The house was adjacent to a Press Wireless receiving station
where my father worked. At this time there were few roads or
structures in the area. We were surrounded by open fields
which were usually planted in lima or garbanzo beans. One day
I walked about a half mile to the south along a dirt road. I
heard music playing, and looked across the fields, about a
mile, to a spot where there was a ramshackle dwelling
abandoned when its Japanese residents were interned. But
instead of seeing this "Jap shack" (as the locals called
them), I saw a well maintained home with a green yard. The
music was coming from this house. I was surprised that a house
could have been built so quickly, but took it as a fact. When
I returned home I told my mother where I had seen this new
house. She said this was
impossible, that no construction had taken place there. The
next day I looked for the new house but it was no longer to be
seen. Instead the ramshackle dwelling was back in its place,
surrounded by dry weeds. My brother and I eventually explored
the area. The
image to the right is of a small (3.7 inch high) bottle from
that I found in a refuse pile next to the abandoned house.
2. Heidi's Dream and
9/1969, late evening. Oxnard, California. From my
journal, volume #1.
DREAM (Heidi): "She
goes out with a man (sometimes me but changing toward the end)
for an evening date. He drives a car in which the back has
room to sleep in. That back and
the whole car are "beige". They go to a movie which costs
each. Later, though the back of the car is available, they go
a motel. They get a room upstairs. There is a large window out
of which she sees a car go by in the night. This slightly
disturbs her and her escort pulls the drapes." END
3/2010 (Revised 1/2015), Lompoc.
I was between jobs and in the process of moving, and had been
out of state for over
a month. So I was looking forward to an evening out with my
girlfriend Heidi, and met her at her home in Camarillo in the
early evening. Almost immediately she recounted the above
she had had the night before, expressing surprise that she had
remembered it so well. This
is the only dream that Heidi ever reported to me, as I
We drove to Oxnard and had dinner at a Chinese restaurant that
I had eaten at several
times. Heidi had never been in this restaurant before. After
dinner we drove to a friend's house where I was staying alone
(he was on vacation). Shortly after entering the front door,
Heidi looked across the living room at a sliding glass door
an odd look crossed her face. A lone car had just passed on a
road behind the house, and Heidi said the interior of the
and the lights of the passing car, looked exactly like what
had seen in her dream. This was the
first time she had ever seen my friend's house. Then she put
her fingers to her right temple and complained of the sudden
onset of a migraine headache, a disorder that often afflicted
her. I pulled the drapes closed across
the sliding glass door,
thinking she felt observed. I had not taken her comment about
the dream seriously. At this time in my life I did not believe
Later in the evening we drove
back to her home in Camarillo. I had used her car to take
her to dinner, instead of my truck. We parked in front of
her house, and she looked back and expressed surprise at how
similar her car looked to the one in the dream. Her father had
taken out the back seat that morning to move some prunings.
upholstery in the back was beige, as in the dream, and there
was a pillow and blanket that one could use for sleeping.
Before, in telling me the dream the first time, we had both
car in the dream represented my truck, which had a small
camper. The association with her car had not occurred to us
looked back over her shoulder at its interior. I still did not
take her comments about precognition seriously. But then she
asked: "I suppose you're going to tell me the meals cost
$4.10?" For a moment I did not remember the price of the
meals. But soon
I realized the meals in fact cost
(two combination dinners at $1.95 apiece plus 20 cents
tax). I had decided we would go
to this restaurant before she told me the
dream, and had anticipated that we would order the combination
dinners. This $4.10 "coincidence" shocked me, and it was at
this moment in my life that I first began to think that
precognition was possible. And then I remembered that I had
her to a movie, and also had thought that we would go upstairs
second floor in my friend's house. That was where my bedroom
Heidi's migraine pain had continued so I had taken her home
After I returned to Oxnard I wrote the above dream account in
my journal, and also made notes about what had happened that
Except for some very minor edits, I have
exactly reproduced the brief description of
the dream above as I recorded it in 1969. This event occurred
within a week or two after Sept. 18, 1969 (the date of the
previous entry in my journal). I did not date this entry. The
above account of events subsequent to her telling me the dream
is mostly based on the notes I made at the same time.
According to the Social Security Death Index, Heidi died in
2011. Lompoc. By searching on Google using "migraine,
paranormal" I discovered that migraine headaches are
often associated with paranormal experiences. I had not
previously known this.
3. Calling Danny
November, 1969. West Los Angeles, Pico Blvd. From memory,
I was lying on my back on my bed on a Saturday afternoon,
alone in my apartment. I dozed off a bit, which was rare for
me at that age. I had a dream, or more like a hypnagogic
hallucination, that I heard the phone ring. I picked up the
receiver and an unfamiliar female voice said "Danny?"
I awoke immediately and marveled at the seeming reality of the
experience (the phone was not ringing), and thought about it.
The only people who still called me "Danny" were my mother and
brother. But this was not my mother's voice. Just then the
phone actually did ring.
I picked up the receiver and heard, in an unfamiliar female
voice, "Danny?" It turned out to be a friend of my mother who
had known her in Saudi Arabia, and had just visited her in
Florida. My mother had given this woman my phone number in
Los Angeles to call me because she was coming out here. I was
not told to be expecting a call. This is the only time in my
that I have gotten a call from someone, who was not my mother
or brother, who called me "Danny."
I did not record this experience in my journal. But over the
years I have told it to many people and remember it well. By
contrast I have rarely recounted precognitive dreams, which
are more complicated. Often the listener to this will respond
with a similar experience of their own, such as thinking of a
person just before they call.
4. Surprise Permission
January 21-22, 1970. Los Angeles. From journal, volume #2.
"Went to bed using the 'meditation on the throat' technique to
enter the dream state consciously."
DREAM: "I got up & went to bathroom, came back, my
pants dropped on the floor & stayed there. I got in the
bed. The sleeping bag mat was on the floor beside me. I got
off the bed and lay on my back on it. My knees were against my
chest. Either I or someone was holding my legs this way. ...
There was an uneasiness - as if resistance against a sexual
advance - resistance and helplessness. Suddenly I realize I am
hallucinating the experience - not 'dreaming' - or dreaming
and knowing it ..." END
"PS. Afternoon that day - the Yoga position -
told us to fart - the mat - unexplained pain in throat - ...
shoes were taken off."
Later that day, after
I had written down the above preface and
dream exactly as above, I went to a scheduled yoga
class at UCLA for the first time. We exercised on mats about
size of a sleeping bag mat. Well into the class the instructor
had us lie on our backs and bring our knees up to our chests
and hold them that way. He then embarrassed us all (I
presume), by advising us that we should go ahead and "fart"
now, that this
position was designed for that. No one in the class farted. At
the same time I noticed an unexplainable pain in my throat.
Only when writing the PS, in the evening of the same day, did
I connect this pain in the throat with the "meditation on the
throat" technique that I had used the previous night. I
am aware that the PS
reads as if not written on the same day, but it was. This was
in my second journal volume, and only later did I strive to be
more accurate and complete with my entries.
Out of Control
5/22/1971. New Port Richey, Florida. From journal, volume #3.
DREAM: [Much omitted] "Later I am alone
in the back seat of the car in a small local town. ... The
wind is blowing strongly and I notice an approaching
whirlwind. I'm concerned that it may
move the car (which is parked next to a lawn - court house?).
It [the whirlwind] centers on the car and the car moves over
the curb and onto the grass. Other whirlwinds appear
and the car moves faster and faster in one large circle. I
think of trying to get into the front seat but I debate that
be dangerous to climb over, or that I don't have time. The car
is going at a dangerous speed (40 mph) and I fear it will hit
COMMENT: " ... But most interesting is the fact
that the manifest content seems based on a scene in a movie I
saw the day
after the dream! (Fathom -
Raquel Welch - saw the last part of this movie). In one scene
she was alone in a light airplane that was spinning down out
of control. She struggled
to get into the front seat to control the plane."
The movie Fathom is
available for online viewing on Netflix. I recently watched it
and confirmed that the scene described above was present.
8/26/1971, 4 AM. New Port Richey, Florida. From journal,
DREAM: "I am a leader - or usually just a working member -
of a construction crew that is erecting a sky-scraper in
an ancient town in the Middle East someplace (Turkey?). The
town's name is 'Selechrine' (pronounced 'Selekreen') and is an
archaeological site of an ancient city (later ascertained to
be early Christian or Byzantine). Its main feature is a
labyrinth of vast tunnels and underground churches. The new
construction is understood to be a hotel for tourists, though
there are virtually no people presently living at the site.
"I am on the 15th and top floor of the
uncompleted building; the floors are not in, but others and
myself move about unconcerned on the girders high above the
ground. [Much omitted] Now ... I descend from the building and
enter the tunnels.
"(This phase of the dream is somewhat distinct
and more interesting than above). The tunnels are perhaps 50
feet high - and further down them I will find high vaulted
chambers like underground cathedrals. I think of the
enchantment of them - wonder at their antiquity, but Christian
symbolism makes me think 'they are not so old after all.'
[Much omitted] Now I begin to see vast underground chambers -
all made with stone - their interiors dilapidated and worn -
damp and in shadows - but always the overhead vaults secure.
Projecting stones appear on the floor. I have turned
about now and am returning to the surface. In an
underground cathedral on my left I see a robed man and wonder
holy places are still being maintained. Continuing upward,
soon a man overtakes me from behind and talks to me (always
slightly behind me and out of sight). He speaks of his regular
long walks in this and other tunnels. I don't speak for some
time - and I
wonder if he is a denizen of these regions - perhaps some
figure. But now he mentions he is working on other tourist
in the area - a complex called 'Futurama.' "
3/2010 (Using notes made on 8/26/1971, afternoon)
I recorded this dream and the first comment on it upon
awakening at 4 AM. The above fragments are exact quotes from
that record. At about noon that same day
my mother suggested I look at an issue of Aramco World magazine
(May - June, 1971) that I had not seen before. She thought I
might like to look at some pictures of birds it contained.
Taking it up, I noticed that an old friend whom I had met in
Saudi Arabia in 1954 had an article in it - The Caves of Cappadocia.
I read it for a while without associating it with the dream,
until I came to words about the underground "imitation vaults"
and pictures of "cave-churches." Cappadocia is a famous
Byzantine archaeological site in Turkey. I thought of the
unseen man in the dream who was working on "Futurama."
Skeptical, I wondered if I could have seen the article before
and forgotten about it. No, I would surely have remembered an
article by my friend of years before. Though we had not
maintained contact, I remembered his name well, and knew that
he was employed by Aramco. I documented this apparent
precognition shortly after first seeing
the magazine. I have provided a complete and exact transcript of the
dream made before the fulfilling event, and the
made immediately afterward. I still
possess the spiral bound journal book (#3), and keep the
issue of Aramco World
10/1/1971. New Port Richey, Florida. From journal, volume #3.
DREAM: [Much omitted] "Then someone entered my room - I
didn't see him but it was a male voice telling me the 'blimp
racing team' at UCLA had dreamed of me and ... they would be
3/2010 (based on notes of 10/1/1971)
After a bit more of the dream I awoke with the feeling that
the dream was precognitive, but could think of no one from
UCLA that might contact me. Suddenly
the door bell rang. It was a special delivery letter for me
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in
Boulder, Colorado. I was not at all expecting to hear from
them because they had returned some employment
forms I had submitted several weeks before. My image of this
organization was that they were the people who released
weather balloons (cf. blimps). I had gone to college at the
of Colorado in Boulder, and also to UCLA. I had no chance to
record this dream before the fulfilling event occurred, but
did so in detail after receiving the special delivery letter.
I have uploaded the complete dream transcript and original
commentary here. I put
the envelope in
my journal. It is still there.
I have put a scan of this letter here, front and back. At the
time, the door bell rang just after I woke up and was
pondering the strange dream. You can see on the image of the
back of the envelope the post office time annotation Oct. 1,
1971, 7:30 AM.
11/25/1971, 3 AM. Live Oak, Florida. From journal, volume #3.
DREAM: "I am living in times of great protest among the youth.
It may be contemporary but there is some implication it is in
the future ...There is to be a great rally in
a large oval stadium. I join crowds headed for the stadium. We
cross a river and enter the stadium. ... We take a position
before the crowds in the stands. I look to our right and see
armed troops dressed in black and standing in ranks." [Much
11/25/1971, 7:30 PM. Live Oak, Florida.
"Recorded previous dream in the morning.
That afternoon I heard there was going to be a Thanksgiving
Parade in Live Oak [where we were visiting relatives of my
mother]. I had not known of this parade previously. I walked
over to the court house where the band stand was (a decorated
flat bed truck trailer), and situated myself across the street
from it. After a while the parade started up and after a few
lead vehicles the local junior Naval ROTC marched by. They
came from my right, in ranks, with rifles, dressed in black!
Compare this to the dream report: 'I look to our right and see
armed troops dressed in black and standing in ranks.' ... the
parade proceeded in the direction of a football stadium. ...
It should be noted that I saw one
of these boys in uniform before the parade, but after the dream.
However I could have arranged myself so the unit came from my
Note again (cf. "Cappadocia'') that
the dream itself had a 'time travel' theme."
9. Triple Coincidence
Events: 12/1971. New Port Richey, Florida. From memory,
Sometime during 1971 I had briefly discussed precognitive
dreams with my father, and he did not believe that the
phenomenon was possible. Neither had I until a close friend
had a convincing example a couple years before. My father's
disbelief in precognition did not concern me,
but his rejection of even the possibility of consciousness
after death seemed to be one cause of his depressing belief
his life was meaningless.
I had been speculating about the nature of consciousness,
thinking of an individual awareness as manifesting whenever
certain processes took place. Based on
these speculations, I hatched a quirky plan to try to induce
my father to have a precognitive dream, hoping that this
might greatly expand his belief in what was possible.
Precognitive dreams had forced me to recognize that there was
much about the world that we did not know. However I did not
expect this to work - for one, my father did not seem to
be interested in his dreams, and I could not remember him ever
recounting one to me. Still, one night, after he had gone to
bed, I went to the beach several blocks away and spent a
couple hours going through a procedure that I had devised
based on my speculations about consciousness. This involved
repetitive visualizations attempting to produce in my own
brain the essential process that gave rise to my father's
consciousness, and attempting to make a change therein that
might cause a precognitive dream. I did not tell anyone about
this project, nor could
anyone have found out.
The next morning my father acted no different than he normally
did, and I assumed that my odd project had no effect on him.
Living in the house next to us was an elderly couple my father
called "Captain and Kitty." In the early afternoon Kitty
called my father and asked him to take her husband to the
hospital, something he had done before as I recall. Neither my
mother nor I went with him. Soon after my father returned from
the hospital he said something to us that was close to this.
"Last night I
had a strange dream. I kept hearing a voice over and over
saying that it wanted to give me a number. Finally, figuring
it might be a number I could bet on, I asked what the number
was. The voice said 'one twenty-nine'. I asked what the
number meant. The voice said 'You will find out.' That was
the end of the dream, and I remembered it when I woke up,
but did not think much about it. Later, after I had gotten
the Captain into his hospital room, I
turned to Kitty and told her to be sure to remember the room
number so she could find it when she came to see the Captain
the next day. I looked up at the room number and it was one
twenty-nine, the same number in the dream."
As I recall, neither I nor my mother said much
in response, and I never again talked to my
parents about this incident. They have since both passed away.
There is another "coincidence" to this, my birthday
is January 29, in other words, 'one twenty-nine'! I did not
think of this until a week or so later. Though I had written
many dreams in my journal, including some dreams of others, I
never recorded these strange events until now. For this reason
I do not know the date of the incident, though it likely was
in December, 1971.
The three "coincidences" are: (1) My father reported that he
had a precognitive dream on the very night that I tried to
induce such, unknown to him. (2) My father dreamed that he
would find out what the number 129 meant, and the next day the
room number assigned to his friend by a hospital was
129. (3) The room number was the same as the date of my
birthday. I acknowledge that the following two objections
carry some weight.
(i) Since I did not record the events at the time,
considerable drift or elaboration in important details could
have occurred over the decades. However this was an amazing
event to me; I believe I still remember it clearly after the
passage of 40 years. At the least, I
remember with total certainty that my father reported a
precognitive dream on the one night that I attempted to induce
such. I referred to this event briefly in a 1984 journal entry
and again in 1994 (see below).
(ii) My father could have simply made up the dream after he
returned from the hospital, perhaps in order to please me. In
that case, only coincidence #1 remains totally valid, but #3
is likely valid unless my father also lied about the room
number. This objection is not easily refuted, unless one knew
my father and thus knew how unlikely he would have sought to
deceive me in this way, even if done thinking it was in my
best interest. Actually, my father thought that my interest in
precognition was harmful to me (maybe he was right). And
deception by others can not explain the first precognitive
dream I reported above involving the images of Cappadocia.
10/7/1984. Evening. Oxnard, California. From journal,
In discussing the "Superior Hangings" dream (see later) I
wrote in my journal the following. "In my
very remarkable precognitive experience involving a deliberate
attempt to induce such in my father's dream, the "coincidence"
involved the number 129. This was also my birthdate, January
1/29/1994. 11:23 PM. Oxnard, California. From journal, volume
"Ate lunch with Bruce at Tugs. Later
I told him of my little miracle in New Port Richey, and my
method of 'making things happen' by pattern matching. I won't
see him again
before he goes in for the bone marrow
transplant Monday. I gave him a hug when I left."
4/23/2017. My friend for 57 years, Bruce Lowery, died on
4/11/2017 of multiple myloma, which he had suffered from since
7/26/1975. Los Angeles (recorded in Oxnard). From journal, volume
#3, 6 page stapled insert. Some minor revision.
"Charmaine's Precognitive Imagery."
"Yesterday evening (Friday) I went to
Los Angeles to see Charmaine for the
first time in many months. After dinner we bought tickets for
a movie (The Fortune)
and first browsed in a small store near the theater in
Westwood. It had a large stock of note cards - many with
children's book illustrations. I bought three, showed them
briefly to Charmaine but it was rather dark at the time. The
next morning she told me how her therapist was having her
create images and act in them. She had mentioned this briefly
before I had bought the cards the day before. In one of her
images she imagined herself on an ice flow, there was a throne
and her therapist had her imagine sitting on it. When she told
me this I realized I had a card of "The Snow Queen"
illustrating a Hans Christian Anderson story. Producing this
we noticed it had a woman sitting on a throne on a block of
ice in an ice flow! In another image she had seen herself as
wet, emerging from the ocean, not knowing which way was home,
and getting a ride in a passing vehicle. These exact elements
were present in the movie we saw. "
I am not sure how much, if any, of the snow queen's image she
told me before I bought the card - certainly not the ice flow.
Until her image was described I hadn't noticed that the throne
was on an ice flow on the card. Recall that J. W. Dunne (An Experiment with Time)
said day dreams had as much future content as regular dreams."
I seem to have lost the notecard of the Snow Queen. But a web
search suggests it was by Edmund Dulac. This appears above.
There is a good chance that Charmaine had seen this image
before and this influenced the visualizations with her
therapist. And it is no great coincidence if I picked this
card independently. The anticipation of
the movie imagery is more difficult to explain. I did not
record this in sufficient detail, and my memory of it has
faded. The movie The
Fortune is available only on VHS, and at a high
price. I have
not seen it again to check the above description.
Crab or Lobster
8/17/1975. Huntington Beach, California (recorded in Oxnard).
From journal, volume #3, 6 page stapled insert.
"Met a woman, Judy, in Huntington Beach
whom I was matched with in a computer dating service.
She had a 3 year old boy. Shortly before the child was to go
to the baby sitter he began to cry. I went in to his room and
got him to talking about his books. He started telling me
about his favorite - Donald Duck as a detective. On one page
was a picture of 5 or 6 sea animals. He pointed to the picture
and named the creatures. But he called a lobster
a crab. His mother (on my correcting him) said she was the
source of the misidentification.
"Later I was watching television with his
mother. Toward the end of the Cher Show people were dressed as
food. A man had a crab around his neck. Cher said something
like "it should have
been a lobster."
It could probably be checked to see if the Cher TV show in
question had been broadcast prior to Judy misidentifying a
lobster as a crab. If so, Judy could have seen it, making her
more inclined to make the misidentification. If not, this may
be a precognition, with reversal, of the line in the
television program she was to see later that night. Her making
this error can be seen as constituting a minor cerebral
dysfunction, which could make precognition more likely.
7/8/1984, 9:10 PM. Dream that morning. Oxnard, California.
From journal, volume #5.
DREAM: [First paragraph omitted] "In one scene I am in a
vacant lot next to an old (brick?) building. I see what I
think is a fossil next to the building. Then, in fear, I think
it is a live snake. Then I see it is
dead, and all that is left is its skin over a fine network of
bones (more like some vegetable husk than a vertebrate
skeleton). The head of the snake is thrust inside a hole in
"The scene shifts to a gray hill. An
old man is summoning me. He says 'use me,' and implies he has
much to teach me. He is hardy looking, wizened, but not
educated. I doubt if he has much to teach me, but out of
respect I go to him. He points out to the horizon. Above the
horizon is a large hood of gray clouds. Only a little line of
bright sky shows under the clouds and [above] the horizon.
Here are four white bands of light. They are all that can be
seen of a rainbow. The old man makes a point of the rainbow
second rainbow comes in more clear now. I wonder why
the light is white, instead of the spectral hues.
"The man says the doubling of the
rainbow, its appearance, is prophetic - he says something like
'you should be very concerned about that.'
"Trying to guess his intent, I say 'you
mean that this means its going to rain a lot?' He says yes,
but I am doubtful."
7/8/1984, 9:15 PM. Oxnard.
COMMENTS: "I told Sharon of these dreams - but wrote them in
the evening. While driving back from a day in Santa
Barbara ..., a little north of Ventura, I looked in the
mirror and saw a strange glow behind -
around and under a heavy but discontinuous blanket of low
lying fog. I told Sharon to look, and as I turned back myself,
I noticed a striking similarity to the 'rainbow' scene
of previous night. There was the low gap of illuminated sky
between the horizon and clouds. But the light of the cars were
like the rainbow, and at the moment I looked back, two cars
were clearly visible and their headlights were positioned
right above the horizon, in the strip of light.
"I immediately thought of the dream scene and
reminded Sharon of the dream I told her, she confirming it,
including my puzzlement over the
"Within a second the car lights behind me were no
longer aligned with the horizon.
"It is interesting that in the dream scene
a prophetic character was announced, as in at least one of my previous dreams and in my
father's '129' dream." (Triple
I have faithfully reproduced above my original writing on this
dream; however it does not explain the event adequately. The
precognitive target was entirely a visual experience, not
easily described with words. What I saw on the highway was a
hood of dark but oddly glowing clouds, with a thin band of
brightness between these clouds
and the horizon. As I looked, two cars, in adjacent lanes,
appeared in the band above the horizon with their headlights
on. Thus I saw a band of light with two pairs of much brighter
white lights separated by a gap. The same image was seen the
previous night in the dream. But in the dream a fanciful
constructed to explain the scene. The pairs of white lights
the beginning and end each of two concentric rainbows. All
have such concentric pairs, the outer one being weaker or not
visible at all. In some other dreams of mine I believe
narrative content has also been constructed to explain an
perception, sometimes unlike anything that might be seen in
the waking world.
10/7/1984, morning. Oxnard. From journal, volume #6.
DREAM: "(Much forgotten) I am in a hall, and see a row of
bodies hanged by the neck and suspended for public view. They
are the victims of British colonial punishment. Around me are
others of the oppressed culture,
but I am white, the same as the oppressors. I collect myself,
and begin to shout about the cruelty of the British. My
sentences seem very eloquent, but there are long pauses
between them. 'Is this a display of superior British culture?'
I say. (Much forgotten). Later I notice some of the bodies are
just small little dolls, naked, some held by string about the
10/7/1984, evening. Oxnard. Some editing.
COMMENT: "Just watched the Reagan - Mondale debate. Certainly
Mondale got the better of it.
[Paragraph omitted] "I had planned to go to the
Old Time Fiddler's Convention, but instead went to the UCSB
library. Looked at books on political cartoons. ... In one
book, Art and
Politics , Fitzgerald, Greenwood Press, 1973, on page
87, I encountered a cartoon from The Masses, Aug.
1915. It shows two negroes dead on crosses. The caption is 'In
Georgia: The Southern Gentleman Demonstrates His Superiority.'
Before the crosses stands a southern 'colonel' type. Note that
in the last dream recorded (this morning, and also told to my
wife before leaving) I saw 'victims of punishment,' implicitly
of a different race from myself. I denounced this, saying 'Is
this a display of superior British culture?' ... In the dream
I had the oppressors as 'British' - in the book, on the page
facing page the anti-lynching cartoon, is a picture of the
British lion leaping from England on some fighting foreigners.
Another curiosity: in both cases the artist is Robert Minor.
My brother's first and middle names are 'Minor Robert.'
"I had never seen this book before, though
I had half expected to look at political cartoons today. I
would not call this a convincing example of precognition, but
it has that curious mix of multiple coincidence and
permutation that seem to characterize such experiences. And
there is no question of the prior
recording of the dream.
"Now I recall why I record dreams in such
detail - one principal reason was to pick up on any
precognitive detail - since minor elements may be involved.
Perhaps 'precognition' is a poor word - it
does not seem sensory or perceived - there is just some
structural convergence of two causally unrelated experiences.
Thus both in the dream and the cartoon, humans are killed and
suspended [for public display], and this act is satirically
denounced as claimed superiority. In the book, the perpetrator
jumps over from the next page to match the dream, and my
brother's names are permuted.
"Incidentally, a month or so ago, Sharon
and I put a 'double whammy' (simultaneous) on Reagan, that he
would stumble over his words. It was
all in fun, well, half in fun. Seeing him stumble repeatedly
tonight was fun. I got a good laugh when he said something
like 'I will affirm without hesitation my belief in God' - but
in saying this he hesitated! - on the word 'hesitate,' -
saying 'hes ... hesitate.' Check the tapes if you doubt
me. Note the curious doubling over a meaning and delivery -
like some semantic snare. It actually makes me doubt his
sincerity - his belief in God - for the first time. I have
doubts myself, but I don't conceal them."
The dream was
recorded in the morning before seeing the book at UCSB. It
appears above in its entirety. After some
intervening accounts of routine events, the comment to
the dream was written in the evening after returning home. I
have deleted some unrelated observations from this. Both in
the dream and in the book, one mocks the pretensions of
"superiority" by a culture that elevates for public display
the victims of its cruel punishment. This in itself is not
strongly evidential of precognition. But seeing these cartoons
in this book would have personal significance to me because of
the combination of two familiar names. Likewise seeing the
article on Cappadocia had a personal significance because I
knew the author (see Cappadocia). This
seems to increase the likelihood of being a target
of precognition. Perhaps the transposition of "Minor" and
"Robert" even adds to that likelihood, sparking the
transposition of cause and effect in the waking versus the
14. Freed Animals
12/11/1984. Oxnard. From journal, volume #6. Comment edited
"Bob, my office mate, mentioned that 'animal liberation'
released some captive animals in Los Angles yesterday. He
mentioned rats and horses - some had herpes. This caused me to
remember a particularly vivid dream fragment from the night
DREAM: "I am in Los Angeles, many previous events are
forgotten. I am walking next to a railroad track (perhaps the
one along Santa Monica Blvd.). Across
the track I see large African mammals, walking in the same
direction (east) as I, parallel to the tracks but always on
other side. I wonder what they are doing free, and speculate
that they may have been released, or escaped as a result of
previous (but vaguely remembered) catastrophe, perhaps an
earthquake or war.
"I stare up into the sky and see an immense
giraffe, his head and neck towering many times higher than
possible - and I see other herbivores, all much larger than
life. The image of these giant, stately animals moving
gracefully against the sky is very striking."
COMMENT: "The idea of deliberate release was not so clear in
the dream, and could have been a 'back formation' since I did
not record the dream until after hearing of the news of the
release. Still captive animals were unexpectedly free in Los
Angeles - in both dream and
reality. At the time I had not lived in Los Angeles for 17
years. All together this is not weighty evidence for
precognition. Interesting though is the sudden remembrance
when hearing Bob mention the release, and the particularly
vivid dream image."
Below is the exact record of what I recorded in my journal in
1988, based on two telephone calls with friend Jana.
8/6/1988. Carmel, California. Recorded in Oxnard, California.
From journal, volume #10.
"Jana, the day before yesterday, told me of this 'strong and
pleasant and unusual' dream."
DREAM: "She enters a tunnel or cave. But it is not foreboding,
and is lined all about with a single type of flower. This
flower is like a Tiger Lily, but
not exactly (black & white with yellow). She comes out of
the tunnel at the walkway to her attic (where her
mother's things were stored). Later her mother is present in
the dream (her mother died last December or November). There
are pleasantries exchanged." END
8/6/1988. By DWV, Oxnard.
COMMENT: "I was very interested in the striking imagery of a
tunnel lined with flowers. I asked Jana to try to obtain a
picture of one of these flowers. Yesterday when I called her
she concluded the conversation with this remarkable incident.
After telling me of the dream and after describing the flower,
the next day she saw her daughter carrying the very same
flower in her home. Here is how
she got it. Jana's ex-husband had a cake for them. He works in
a hotel a mile or so north of Jana's home. Someone had thrown
out a corsage. He saw this flower and thought Jana might like
it so taped it onto the cake box. He thought it was an
'orchid.' He does not habitually give Jana flowers. This is
only about the third or fourth dream Jana has told me. The
flower is not so common - and
she described it to me before it appeared in her home. She
did not tell her ex-husband about the dream. She described the
dream as unusual and vivid, and I took a particular interest
in the flower."
16. Quatal Nunashish
5/3/1989. Ventura County, California. Recorded in Oxnard. From
journal, volume #13.
"Alan has gotten involved with a
congregation of the Native American Church. ...
On Saturday he will return to Pine Mountain for another church
"He was introduced to this group, that
lives on a ranch on the Ojai side of the Pine Mountain Inn, by
Paul. ... There is a medicine man, ...
who has encouraged Alan and implied he may be suitable for
advanced training. So far Alan has participated in two
sessions in a smoke house with four or five other men. They
beat drums, throw water on hot rocks, take turns praying (to
'grandfather'), and sing. ... Certain rituals are observed,
but there is little doctrine. The group emphasizes equality
of the races, peace, ecology, family life, sobriety. The
leaders, others, travel much to other Native American Church
groups. They prefer family involvement, so Alan suggests I
5/13/1989, 7:39 PM.
"I followed Alan to Pardner's ranch
this morning. We parked and walked up a footpath past the
ranch house. [Much omitted] Alan went to the Toyota to get two
large bottles of Pepsi he brought for Ken, the medicine man.
We went to his trailer and he invited us in. ... He talks
deliberately, in excellent English. He is a Chippewa, and that
was his native tongue until he was removed to a Catholic
Reformatory School at age six." [Much omitted]
"[Ken] started talking about a large
hole (natural) behind an aged Chumash's home up Quatal Canyon
(Ken aspirates the 't' in 'Quatal'). A spirit comes out of
that hole - it is about 12 feet tall
and featureless. It is harmless, but plays tricks on people.
It checks to see how people are treating the land. Ken said
it came by Pardner's ranch once. It shook their trailer - he
thought there was an earthquake.
"Alan then said he had seen this himself.
He said it was wearing a hat, had a black void for a face, was
12 feet tall and slender and his car was shaken." [omissions]
"I am fascinated by this. Ken placed little
importance on it, maybe he has much better spirits he deals
with. ... I read in California's
Chumash Indians, a Santa Barbara Museum of Natural
History publication [p. 41], of the nunashish -
dangerous creatures inhabiting the lower tier of this three
tiered world. They come up to our Middle World at night, where
they are likely to frighten anyone who should chance to see
3/2010. Lompoc, California.
Since Ken's description of this spirit somewhat matched the
traditional nunashish, he could have been influenced by
contact with local Chumash. The "aged Chumash" he referred to
was probably Grandfather Semu, who lived 6 miles up Quatal
Canyon. One of Ken's young cohorts lived with Grandfather
Semu. However the early account by
Alan was completely independent of Chumash legends or
sightings. This created much interest among friends of mine at
the time; one from work was eager for us to camp out in Quatal
Canyon. Attributing reality to an entity based on independent
observations of it is the stuff of ghost lore. Note also the
kinship of this entity to European traditions of headless
Today I talked to Alan on the phone and asked him what he
remembered about the above happenings. He remembers seeing an
entity like Ken described but only in a dream, and the
location was not Quatal Canyon. Instead, he was living in Los
Angeles and the setting of the dream
was in the parking lot of a local market. He did remember his
vehicle being shaken in Quatal Canyon at night, more than
once. I now remember him telling me about this memorable dream
many years before, and it being in Los Angeles. Perhaps back
5/13/1989 Alan did not elaborate on how or where he had seen
something like the spirit Ken had just described. So I falsely
presumed the sighting was the same place as the car shaking.
revised version is not as interesting as the one originally
recorded. But note there, that Ken doesn't actually say he saw the nunashish either,
but both Alan and Ken report unexplained shaking in or
near Quatal Canyon. Here is a link to some
photographs of this beautiful canyon by David Rock.
7/25/2012. Lompoc, California.
According to a recently received email there have been
independent sightings of tall nocturnal entities with
nonreflective surfaces, sometimes wearing what appears to be a
broad brimmed hat - these further south off Highway 33. I also
have learned that both Ken Littlefish (Ken) and his brother
Paul Sky Horse Durant (Paul) have passed away.
5/25/1990, 10:43 PM. Oxnard. From journal, volume #14.
"Last night I woke up at around 3 AM ....
and turned my radio on to KPFK-FM. A taped Alan Watts lecture
was on, and he mentioned a story about a woman who lived in
Buda and her lover who lived in Pest. I have never heard
before (that I can remember) that Budapest was once these two
cities. I even wondered if it were true, thinking that instead
it was a play on words [since Watts often lectured on
"Driving to work this morning,
listening to KCSU-FM, the announcer introduced a piece by
stating that it was written to celebrate the anniversary of
the merging of Buda and Pest."
If both broadcasts had been selected
to commemorate an anniversary of the merging of Buda and Pest
than the above would not at all have been surprising. However
a Google search reveals that Buda and Pest were merged on 17
November, 1873, not in
May. Even so, we are still in the realm of coincidence.
However I very rarely listen to the radio in the middle of the
night. Thus one might ask: why did I happen to wake up at 3 AM
and turn on my radio? Was it my way of producing an
anticipation of an unexpected statement I was to hear within a
7/18/1992, 8:22 AM. Oxnard. From journal, volume #17.
"Dreamed about a piano tuning last
night. A child wanted to play while the tuner worked. I told
the child he couldn't do that, that it broke the tuner's
"Then this morning, just now, a piece
finally ended on KPFK-FM. The host said he had a couple calls,
and that one was from a piano tuner. This was the first sentence
I heard this morning - the music had been playing before."
8:51 AM. "I'm getting more into this 'piano tuner'
event. True, I didn't write the dream down first. And I
suppose there is a chance I could have made it up. But that
seems extremely unlikely. Once reminded of the dream (by the
announcer's mention of a piano tuner) I immediately recalled
it in some detail. That is typical of dream recall. In the
dream I recall feeling that I may
have been too supervisory with the child - that I was over
estimating how much the piano tuner had to concentrate. But
in reality obviously you couldn't tune while someone was
banging on the keys."
12/13/1992, 10:33 AM. Oxnard. From journal, volume #18.
"Forgot to mention - there was an
unusual 'Mary episode' in Oxnard about a week ago. An image of
the virgin appeared as dirt on a
window. People began to come. Eventually there were hundreds.
At one point some asshole fired a couple rounds, wounding two
people. After that the apartment manager had glaziers replace
the window. While carrying it away the image was destroyed by
the hands of the faithful, who wanted to receive benefit by
touching the image. I suppose if Mary were to appear in the
flesh she would be torn limb to limb. A personal note to
this unusual event - it happened at 5361 Perkins Rd - my old
apartment building, in fact directly below my #5 apartment.
Duane had told me it was near where I lived, so I went there
[and confirmed the location]. There were no more people, no
image. But the front lawn and shrubbery were completely
trampled and destroyed. When I first moved there, there was an
elderly Scottish (?) woman living in that apartment. She used
to play an organ-choir version of
Amazing Grace over and over."
There is very little paranormal aspect to
this story, but it is interesting and allegedly appeared in
the Los Angeles Times,
though I never read a press account myself. If anyone tracks
this down I would love to get a copy. There could be errors in
my second hand account above. There was a
rumor that the woman who lived in the apartment had a
premonition a year previous that Mary would manifest to her.
Both the elderly woman and myself had moved away years before.
I must have heard Amazing Grace coming from below me a hundred
Before finding the above account in
my journal books recently, I had remembered and told this
story differently. I had the music
by bagpipes, the image of the Virgin appearing a full month
before I was told about it, and I had completely forgotten
about the shooting victims. This shows how the memory can
change details, shift things in time, or delete important
features altogether. If precognition is a fact, we should not
be surprised if it treats future content with the same
Jan. 9, 2014
Using newspaperarchive.com I found reports on this incident in
the Oxnard Press Courier, dates Dec. 8, 10, 11 and 12,
above 1992 description is fairly accurate. The image was first
seen on Monday, Dec. 7. The shooting occurred two
days later when an estimated 300 people had gathered to view
the image. A man and his wife were injured in the foot and
ankle. A controversy arose when the glazier said he would sell
the image to the highest bidder. It was reported he had an
offer of $200.
The image had been all but erased as described above.
Eventually the property manager put it in storage. In the last
article on the incident a neighbor said "the apparition was
not a miracle, but instead an accumulation of dirt on glue
left from a cardboard
cutout of the Virgin Mary that was on the window last year."
to printout these articles I tried to go to page 14 in the Press
Courier, which had a continuation of
its Dec. 11 page-one story on the event. The software for
newspaperarchive.com is awkward, and I wound up on page 12
instead. An article appeared there at the top of the page
titled: "Imports stomp Dutch clogs." That very night, while
visiting some friends here in Lompoc, a woman brought out some
wooden shoes she had bought. I had never seen wooden shoes
before, and was surprised at how thick they were. Nor can I
ever remember seeing any other newspaper article about wooden
Shadow Shadow. 8/26/1996, 7:47 PM. Oxnard,
From journal, volume #21.
"As usual I was walking with Shadow
behind Oxnard College this morning at around 7:05 AM. I was
walking on a dirt road; Shadow was not visible, having entered
the rows of potted Christmas trees to my left. I was in a
state of reverie, ... and thinking of what I had written to
W.H. I saw Shadow come out from between a couple potted trees,
trot ahead of me, and turn right where the road made a 'T'
ahead of me about 20 feet. A few seconds later I saw Shadow
come out from between the same two pots! My mind raced, as I
tried to imagine how she could have circled around so fast.
Quickly I realized it was impossible, plus I was beginning to
have a strange feeling about the situation. I
thought to myself: 'Oh my God, you suppose she is going to do
the exact same thing I just saw?' And so in suspense I watched
her trot ahead of me just the same, and then she turned right
just as before! It was shocking and amazing. I at once thought
it would be hard to remember the incident - so told myself to
remember it. And I went up to Shadow, and noticed she wasn't
panting, which she would be if she had circled around (but
there was not time anyway)."
Unlike most of the events here, I told a few people about this
the same day, even though it is one of the least believable.
What was most striking for me was what I experienced in the
few seconds immediately after Shadow came out from between the
same two potted Christmas trees the second time. My dog not
only repeated the course I had seen previously, but did so
with the exact same motions - such motions being something a
dog owner gets very keen
on, especially with an athletic hound like Shadow. My best
explanation is that in the state of contemplation I was in,
I saw what was to happen several seconds before it actually
happened. Above left is a picture of myself and Shadow in
around 1993. To the right is a scan from my journal showing
the layout of the area I was in and the course Shadow took.
5/22/1999. Lompoc, California. From journal, volume #23.
"Went to the Nipomo swap meet today; ... I
was looking around in one of the sheds and saw a cheap
recorder in its original package. Taped next to it ... was
another recorder of a different color. This triggered a memory
of a dream from that very morning in which I saw a curious
panpipe; two pipes
attached, but they are of different colors. I play them and
marvelous Arabic sounding music is produced. I wonder how I
When a waking event triggers the memory of a dream from the
previous night, caution requires that we consider if the dream
narrative in its entirety could have been constructed
instantaneously. But many dreams are remembered in this
fashion. It is simpler to presume these are actual memories of
dreams, rather than some instantaneous phenomenon that
produces identical results. Further, content may be dreamlike,
as in the above where it seems an unlikely panpipe is posited
to explain the waking experience of a taped together pair of
cylindrical instruments of differing colors.
22. Two or Five,
Aug. 10, 2010. Exactly as written in Journal #24, except "X"
for an actual name and "[my step
grandson]" added. Entered Oct. 25, 2015.
"Now here is something weird. On Sunday X called
and was desperate for money (as always). She told me her
sister promised her $500 but she had not gotten it yet. But a
few days before she had called and told me her sister had
promised to send her $200 but she had not gotten it yet. I
confronted her on the discrepancy and she became annoyed and
said: 'Two hundred or five hundred, whatever.' She hung
up on me. She called back twice to apologize.
Now that is not weird, however the next day
(yesterday) I got a call from a young man who called me 'Grandpa'.
I said 'is this Michael?'
He said yes and then told me he was on a fishing trip to
Niagara Falls. He and a friend had met two Canadians and they
all got stopped by Canadian police. The Canadians had drugs
and they were all arrested. The cops told him he would get
off, but he needed $2,000 bail. Later, perhaps inadvertently,
he changed this to $5,000 bail, which he
wanted me to send to him. I was already suspicious, since he
not sound like Michael. I asked why he did not call his
mother. He said that she did not answer and he only had one
call. I told him
he did not sound like Michael and challenged him to tell me
name of my dog that he had liked so much ("Lobo"). He said "Spot",
another name. I told him he was not Michael and hung up. I
Michael [my step grandson] - he was still in Santa Barbara.
Only until that night did I realize this. (1) X
called me probably wanting to borrow $200, and a few days
later called hoping to borrow $500. (2)
The next day someone tried to con me out of $2,000, later
changing it to $5,000."
7/13/2011. Lompoc, California. From journal , volume
#24. Edited 1/27/2012.
A couple days ago I was making lunch and watching the TV
program Disappeared, a true-crime drama about people
who have disappeared, usually as a victim of crime. In the TV
story, the narrator said something like "they would soon get a
letter that would set off alarms" and just then my smoke alarm
went off! I had pushed down some toast a second time and
forgotten about it. My smoke alarm goes off at most once or
twice a year.
24. Another Aunt
7/13/2011. Lompoc, California. From journal, volume #24.
A couple weeks ago X called me in a very delusional state and
said her estranged son had traveled out here to California
from his home back east and had married her older sister. This
was a very bizarre fantasy: her son has not talked to his
mother for over 10 years, has been married for many years,
and his aunt is probably 30 years older than him. A couple
later I called X to again suggest this was a delusion. By then
had regained clarity and was embarrassed to talk about her
prior delusion. That night I saw the excellent film Another
Year. In this, the female friend of a couple falls for
their son - much younger
than her. The son does not encourage her and does not call her
as she had asked. Eventually he marries a woman close to his
The older woman is crushed, and talks to the young man's
mother. She finally comprehends her folly when the mother
compares her to
being like an aunt to her son.
X is the same woman mentioned previously in
Two or Five, Whatever. The
have some structural similarity.
25. Closet Outlets
1/27/2012. Lompoc, California. From journal, volume #24.
The following dream was not recorded
before the fulfilling event occurred, but it was very well
remembered since it was very disturbing and I woke up and got
out of bed.
DREAM: I have to follow someone into a maze of rooms. Alone, I
go into a room and from there look about for another door to
enter. Seeing none, I enter a closet where some clothes are
hanging. I turn to my right and see a small closed door. It is
only about 4 or 5 feet high. I start to open this door but
then become fearful that this will lead me into a series of
restricted spaces in which I may become trapped. My anxiety
increases and I decide not to open the door.
I awake. END
Later next day I decided to do a chore I had been putting off
for weeks. My internet DSL service had slowed way down. I had
called service at my ISP and their last suggestion was that I
try using a different telephone wall jack. I did not think
this was the problem but hooked some extra line I had bought
to a jack in my kitchen. Surprisingly, this gave me adequate
download speed, but with further checking I discovered the
problem was not a defective wall jack, but the connecting
cable I was using. The old (defective) cable led from my
bedroom through a hole in the wall in my closet that my
ex-wife had made to an adjacent room where my computers are
located. In replacing this I got the plug of the new cable
stuck in the hole in the wall, and could not push it through
nor retrieve it without possibly damaging the fragile plug.
Then I realized the similarity to the dream - (1) I enter a
closet looking for an outlet, (2) I find it to my right, (3)
concern that it is too small halts my activity. Note that I
never imagined that the problem was with the line, and that I
might have to replace that. Instead I had been advised to have
Verizon check the signal, and then to suspect that either my
modem, router, or the wall jack was the problem. Thus having
to find and utilize an opening in the closet wall was never
6/22/2012. Lompoc, California. Entered 6/23/2012.
Yesterday I saw a TV news item about a political crisis in
Nigeria. I was amused to learn that the current President of
Nigeria is named "Goodluck Jonathan." I thought of
how the culture in Nigeria must differ from ours that such
a name would be selected for a child, and wondered if the
name itself had benefited Mr. Jonathan's political career. I
planned to tell a friend about the name, but forgot.
That night I was reading items in the Encyclopedia of
Graffiti (Reisner & Wechsler, 1974). It was late, so
I decided to turn out the light and go to sleep. First, I
turned over the book and read the last of a list of graffiti
on the back of the book, on the dust cover. This was the item:
Fortunatus you sweet little darling you great fornicator,
someone who knows you writes this. (Pompeii, 79 A.D.)
An online Latin dictionary verifies that one of the meanings
of "Fortunatus" is "lucky."
Coxeter, Page 216
3/11/2013. Lompoc, California. Entered 5/6/2017.
The following paragraph from an email, sent by me on 3/14/2013
to EL, explains
how I consulted a page of a fairly obscure mathematics book,
and the next
day received an email from EL with an unexpected and different
wound up being dealt with elsewhere on the same page of the
same book. I
have used this book only a few times in the decades I have
Thank you for your email and the
I have not spent much time yet on Euclidean
Transformations, but it has produced
a "synchronicity". A day before I first emailed you I was
going over my online
article Homogeneous Transformation Matrices and was
concerned about my definition
of an n-dimensional rotation as having an invariant axis
of dimension n-2.
An alternative definition is an isometry with at least one
I was trying to get an intuitive feel for such a
"rotation" in four dimensions
that had only a single point for its axis. I wound up
examining page 216
in Coxeter's Regular Polytopes (the Dover edition) - in
particular the analytic
form of a "double rotation" near the bottom of the page.
The next day I received
your Euclidean Transformations and wound up at p. 216
again in Regular Polytopes,
where Coxeter concludes his treatment of a problem very
similar to one you
dealt with - determining the geometric properties of an
isometry given its
matrix representation. Coxeter deals with an isometry with
at least one invariant
point, in n-dimensional Euclidean space. Given its
from its characteristic equation he derives the axes of
from the real roots, and angles of rotation from the
9/4/2013. Lompoc, California. Entered 9/7/2013.
(1) At about 7:40 PM on Sept. 4, 2013 I
heard a radio interview that revealed that: An American
had asked an Asian man "How are you?" and the Asian man
judged the inquiry to be more personal than it actually
(2) At about the same time: An Asian man sent an email
from my computer (remotely) to an American asking "How are
you?" and the American judged the inquiry to be more
personal than it actually was.
For details of this "synchronicity" see: Twin Problematic
29. Dog Stories
Sept. 22, 2017. Lompoc, California.
Zeno. Oh how I loved that dog.
I have withdrawn an entry ("Zeno and the Light", 10/9/2015)
about possible telekinesis (Zeno making a light come on) since
the light came on again the same way recently, even though
Zeno died on July 1, 2016. To replace it, below are two
dog stories, the second having a ghost aspect.
(1) I once had a black Akida-Visla mix dog. This was Shadow,
who appears previously here (Shadow
Shadow). She loved to play tug of war with me, using the
cut off leg of an old pair of jeans. She played hard and
persistently. One day I was very sick, and sitting on the
couch. Shadow came to me with the pant leg, exactly as if
inviting me to play the tug game. I grabbed it and pulled. It
came out of her mouth easily - she was letting me win.
(2) About eight years ago I had two dogs, Lobo and the above
mentioned Shadow. Both were getting old, and Shadow in
particular was over 17 years old and on her last legs.
However, suddenly, Lobo had to be put down. Afterwards, Shadow
would stare down at the empty place on the living room rug
where Lobo used to lay. A week after Lobo died I found Shadow
lying dead on a walkway in the side yard.
A few days later I called my son in
Utah about the deaths of Lobo and Shadow. Both had been his
dogs originally. At that time my son was married to a Chinese
woman who, though well educated, believed in ghosts. My son
told me that recently she had heard a scratching sound at the
front door. She opened the door, but nothing was there. Then,
a week later, she experienced the same thing. The first time
it was about a day after the death of Lobo, the second time a
day after the death of Shadow. She reported this before
she heard that either dog had died. That was the only time she
reported hearing any unexplained sounds.
4/8/2017. Lompoc, California. Entered 4/9.
Last night I got together with a group of people to share a
film. I talked briefly with the man seated next to me,
Richard, as I had
several times before. On the subject of the war years, I told
my family had driven across the country in 1943 from New York
He asked me where in New York and I told him Freeport. He then
he too had lived on Long Island. I told him I was born in
The movie we watched later was the 2016 documentary Harry
and Snowball, about Harry de Leyer and his champion
Snowball. About two thirds through the movie there was a scene
a sign for Southampton Hospital.
This is within the range of coincidence. However both my
my birthplace, and even more the scene in the movie, had
little motivation. There was, however, an equestrian event in
Southampton that de Leyer participated in. I had no knowledge
about Harry de Leyer prior to seeing the movie.
First, we generalize the concept of precognition so that it
applies to all the possible examples above.
Also, this avoids saying more than we know, and may provide
some hints for where to look for new genres of the paranormal.
By event we mean anything experienced by one person
be at least partially described. For example: a scene in a
dream or movie, a day dream, a real world happening, a thought
or intent, a fantasy or delusion, something spoken or read,
sense perceptions, natural phenomena, presence at a time and
etc. Events may influence other events, in part or whole,
directly or indirectly as by intermediate events. We say two
events manifest a "hyper-coincidence" if:
descriptions of two events have one or more similarities
that are extremely unlikely to occur by chance.
2. There is no known way that one event could have
influenced the similar content of the other, or that the
similar content of both was influenced by some third event.
For a typical precognitive experience the two events
of the hyper-coincidence are ordered in time: first a pre-event
such as a scene in
a dream, and second a post-event such as a worldly
happening which is recognized to eerily match the pre-event.
Often the dream will be remembered only when the post-event is
experienced. Since the post-event follows the pre-event, it is
assumed it could not possibly have influenced the
pre-event dream. However even if the dream has been forgotten,
it could influence a post-event that depends on acts of
volition by the dreamer. Precognition is necessarily
statistical in nature - there can never be absolute certainty
that events have not unfolded as they have due to chance. But
when there is more than one anticipation in the same dream,
the close-to-zero probabilities of chance causation, roughly,
multiply in assessing the probability that the dream as a
whole was due to chance. This produces the near certainty of
precognition. Examples of such multiple anticipations appear
above in Cappadocia, Heidi's Dream and Headache,
Triple Coincidence and, less
convincingly, in Surprise
Permission and White Rainbow.
In assessing the probability of chance causation an important
consideration is the interval of time between the pre-event
and the post-event. Thus if you dream of a scene that
eventually you see in a movie, chance causation is much more
likely if years have gone by and in the interval you have seen
a hundred other movies. Generally, this involves sample sizes.
Suppose you dream that your next door
neighbor knocks on your door dressed in a clown suit and asks
to borrow some cinnamon. The chance of that actually happening
the next day are likely millions to one, definitely a
hyper-coincidence. But suppose it did happen, but you had no
such dream. If then you could search some online file of a
finding one to match this post-event would not be so
remarkable. No such data base exists now, but caution is
necessary in evaluating online attempts to register
"prophetic" dreams. Similarly, published evidence for
precognition of famous catastrophes is unconvincing. Further,
to make a better story, we are told that the disaster itself
was foreseen. But first learning
of the disaster seems more likely to be the anticipated
post-event, not the unseen disaster itself. To claim the
contrary should require supplying details of the disaster
before they are publicly announced. If someone dreams of an
odd scene and then sees it in a movie, I doubt if
anyone would claim that this was precognition of the making of
the movie, rather than precognition of seeing the movie.
All but perhaps one of the above precognitive dreams were
fulfilled the very day after the dream. This is not typical of
examples in the literature, and may be a personal trait. But
all of the post-events above are trivial; they do not involve
life changing possibilities, nor events reported by the press.
If trivial post-events occur much later than a day or so, by
that time the pre-event is likely to be forgotten and the
precognition will not be recognized. I seems rare to remember
dreams after 24 hours have passed - even if written down, most
are soon forgotten.
The Buda Pest experience above falls
within the range of coincidence, but it illustrates the
possibility that both events of a hyper-coincidence may be
nearly identical real world experiences. If fleeting dream
images can anticipate worldly experiences, why should we on
principle reject the possibility that worldly events
themselves can anticipate other worldly events? Or in the
curious Crab or Lobster
experience, a mother's misidentification anticipates a worldly
experience. Coincidence is a possibility here also, but this
example was worth giving to suggest the great variety of
hyper-coincidences that may exist.
The term "precognition" (and its synonyms) suggests a prior
"knowing," but the phenomenon seems much more general, and in
none of the above examples would a
person have been able to make a prediction. Instead the
post-event comes as a surprise, not as an expectation. Claims
of foreknowledge of a personal or public disaster receive much
attention, and these often involve predictions or saving
actions. So predictive capacity should not be ruled out, but
such claims are inherently subject to the sample size problem
discussed above. For example, a very common paper chain letter
of prior decades warned that a recipient discarded the letter
in disbelief, and died nine days later. That is certainly a
true claim! In fact, likely this happened over 35,000 times!
This follows simply from the vast circulation of the chain
letter and basic death statistics (see Chain
Letter Evolution - calculation).
Often, during some phase in a person's life, essentially the
same dream will be experienced on many nights. Such recurrent dreams may also
be collective. For
example, probably millions of people have dreamed that they
were back in school and experiencing frustrating difficulties.
It is a bit puzzling that people may have this dream even
before they learn that others have had the same dream. Other
recurrent dreams may be strictly personal, or at least
presumed to be so. For example, for many years I had dreams in
which three men with questionable reputations appeared. Other
details of these dreams were totally different, so these three
scoundrels rated only as a recurrent feature.
In the Special Delivery dream
I was told that the blimp racers "would be contacting me," and
after I woke up I had the feeling that the dream was
precognitive. In the Cappadocia
dream, an unseen man tells me he is building "Futurama." In my
father's dream in Triple
Coincidence, after giving him a number, a disembodied
voice tells him he "will find
out" what it means. In the White
Rainbow dream, a old man tells me that an image is
"prophetic." In all these dreams there is content that
declares the dream to
be precognitive; and in two cases, a particular dream element
specified that is to manifest in the waking world. In three of
dreams the declaration of precognition is by a person, unseen
except in the White Rainbow dream. The personifications
involved could be interpreted to mean that the dreamer is in
contact with some metaphysical being that is staging the
precognition. Alternatively, these persons, seen or unseen
that make the declaration, may be
dream rationalizations, just as in a dream of flying one can
it is taking place on a world with little gravity. Whether
causative or explanatory, such declarations rank as a
recurrent feature of my precognitive dreams. Personification,
dreams and elsewhere, provides an agency explanation for
But explaining dream content as the act of a spirit may be
illness as witchcraft.
It is a surprising fact that three or four of the above twelve
precognitive dreams have post-events which (1) relate to
personal facts about the dreamer, and (2) would be considered
coincidences by themselves, even in the absence of a dream. In
the Superior Hangings dream,
my attention to the post-event is guaranteed by the first and
last names of an artist, these names having family
significance. Similarly, the post-event of the Cappadocia dream involved a magazine
article that was written by an old friend of mine. In the
Triple Coincidence event,
actual number of a hospital room matched my birth date.
Finally, in the Special Delivery
event, the target experience is receipt of an unexpected
letter addressed to me. However this receipt is not, by
itself, what we would consider a "coincidence." Like the above
pre-event declarations, these post-event personal coincidences
rank as a recurrent feature in my precognitive dreams. Such
recurrences may hint at what is going on in precognition, and
if they involve the post-event, they may help in designing
more revealing experiments.
Three examples of transposition occur in the experiences above
(Crab or Lobster, Superior Hangings, Twin Problematic
Greetings). This could simply be the result of noise in
the transition between two events, just as transposition
errors often occur in manual data recording. But it is
possible that transposition has a causative role in some
paranormal experiences - such as by attracting awareness to
events linked by this surprise relationship.
Less specific forms of a surprise post-event appear in other
items above. In the Calling Danny
hypnagogic experience, the name "Danny" was a personal
surprise both in the post-event and the pre-event day dream,
since the voice on the phone was not that of my mother in both
cases. But this
was not in itself a coincidence. It would have been if the
call were a wrong number. In the Surprise Permission dream,
the post-event was odd and embarrassing, but not related to me
personally. The Buda Pest oddity is
completely impersonal. Likewise the Twin
Pipes and White
Rainbow dreams both have post-event visual experiences
that are odd but neither personal nor involving a coincidence.
In the second of Two Coincidences,
an extremely unlikely pre-event anticipates an unremarkable
post-event. So my events involved with precognition definitely
have some regularities, though note a pre-event being somewhat
unusual is probably an inherent necessity since otherwise a
matching post-event may not be so improbable.
Just one convincing precognitive dream, communicated to
witnesses prior to the post-event, undermines the orderly view
of the world that has taken millennia to develop. Even quantum
mechanics, with its possibility of interconnectedness and
simultaneous influence, has trouble digesting precognition.
Perhaps it is a fundamental principle of awareness that some
"events" noisily sustain or replicate themselves if there is
an opportunity. If so, it is
difficult to explain why those events are perpetuated in some
others may not be. But it is just as difficult to explain why
remember certain things in our own lives that have no
significance, like a bad joke heard many years ago. That most
events seem transitory
may be due to a pervasive disruption of replicative
opportunity, just as omnipresent friction in our earthly
our awareness of Newton's first law: that objects retain
uniform motion unless acted upon by a force.
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