PARANORMAL JOURNAL ENTRIES
It's a poor sort of memory that
only works backwards. -The White Queen
Daniel W. VanArsdale
painting purchased at a California swapmeet, 1975. Oil on canvas, 21" x
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 1969. 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 since 2005 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 quotes. 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 dream content.
Many composed comments are dated "3/2010" when I initiated
this web page. Comments added to quoted original text are
placed in square brackets.
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 started recording my dreams long 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 Control
6. Capadoccia 7.
Special Delivery 8.
9. Triple Coincidence
Queen 11. Crab or Lobster
12. White Rainbow
13. Superior Hangings 14. Freed Animals 15. Tunnel Flower
16. Quatal Nunashish 17.
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, Page 216
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 Japan that I found in a refuse
pile next to the abandoned house.
2. Heidi's Dream and Headache
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 $4.10 each. Later,
though the back of the car is available, they go to
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 dream 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 recall.
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 and 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 house, and the lights
of the passing car, looked exactly like what she 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 precognition
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. The 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 assumed the
car in the dream represented my truck, which had a small camper.
The association with her car had not occurred to us until she
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 exactly $4.10 (two combination dinners
at $1.95 apiece plus 20 cents tax). I had decided we would go to this restaurant before
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
considered taking her to a movie, and also had thought
that we would go upstairs to the second floor in my
friend's house. That was where my bedroom was, but Heidi's
migraine pain had continued so I had taken her home early.
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 2006.
2011. Lompoc. By searching on Google using "migraine,
paranormal" I discovered that migraine headaches are
often associated with paranormal experiences. I had not previously
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 say "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 adult life 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
"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 the 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
5. Out of Control
5/22/1971. New Port Richey, Florida. From journal, volume
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 it may 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 something." END
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 if these 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 occult figure.
But now he mentions he is working on other tourist buildings
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 recorded
dream made before the fulfilling event, and the
comments made immediately afterward. I still possess the spiral bound journal book (#3),
and keep the issue of Aramco
World inside it.
7. Special Delivery
10/1/1971. New Port Richey, Florida. From journal, volume
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 University 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.
8. Black Uniforms
11/25/1971, 3 AM. Live Oak, Florida. From journal, volume
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 right.
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 that his life
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
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 even think
of this until a week or so later. Though I had written down
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 29."
1/29/1994. 11:23 PM. Oxnard, California. From journal,
"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.
11. 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.
12. White Rainbow
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 building.
"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 being double. The
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 'white rainbow.'
"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 Coincidence)
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 interpretation was constructed
to explain the scene. The pairs of white lights marked
the beginning and end each of two concentric rainbows. All
rainbows 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
internal visual perception, sometimes unlike anything
that might be seen in the waking world.
13. Superior Hangings
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 legs." END
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.' [omissions]
"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."
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 dreaming domains.
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 the other
side. I wonder what they are doing free, and speculate that they
may have been released, or escaped as a result of some
previous (but vaguely remembered) catastrophe, perhaps an earthquake
"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."
15. Tunnel Flower
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 ceremony.
"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 come."
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 them."
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 specters.
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 on 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. This
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.
17. Buda Pest
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 Buddhism.]
"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 few hours?
18. Piano Tuner
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."
19. Amazing Glass
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 times.
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 disrespect.
Jan. 9, 2014
Using newspaperarchive.com I found reports on this incident
in the Oxnard Press Courier, dates Dec. 8, 10, 11 and
12, 1992. The 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."
While attempting 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
20. 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, somehow I saw what was to happen several seconds
before it actually happened. Above left is a picture of myself
and Shadow in Oxnard 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.
21. Twin Pipes
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 learned to do this."
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 did 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 the name of my dog that
he had liked so much ("Lobo"). He said "Spot", then another
name. I told him he was not Michael and hung up. I called
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
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. Rewritten 1/27/2012.
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
days later I called X to again suggest this was a delusion. By
then she 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 own age.
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
two events have some structural similarity.
25. Closet Outlets
1/27/2012. Lompoc, California. From journal, volume
#24. Edited 1/27/2012.
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
26. Goodluck Jonathan.
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 problem that
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 possessed it.
Thank you for your email and the
two attachments. 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
invariant point. 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 non-homogeneous
matrix, from its characteristic equation he derives the axes
of the transformation from the real roots, and
angles of rotation from the complex roots.
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 Greetings.
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 4/9/2017.
Last night I got together with a group of people to share
a Netflix 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 Richard that
my family had driven across the country in 1943 from New York
to California. He asked me where in New York and I told
him Freeport. He then said that he too had lived on
Long Island. I told him I was born in Southampton.
The movie we watched later was the 2016 documentary Harry
and Snowball, about Harry de Leyer and his champion
jumping horse Snowball. About two thirds through the movie there was
a scene showing a sign for Southampton Hospital.
This is within the range of coincidence. However both
my mention of 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. I was
born in the hospital at Southampton.
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 that can
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
place, 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:
1. The descriptions
of the 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 million dreams, 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 made public. 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.
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
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
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 is specified that is to manifest in the
waking world. In three of these 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 imagine 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, in dreams
and elsewhere, provides an agency explanation for unusual experiences.
But explaining dream content as the act of a spirit may be
like explaining illness as caused by 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, the 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 form and others may not
be. But it is just as difficult to explain why we may
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 environment obscures
our awareness of Newton's first law: that objects retain
uniform motion unless acted upon by a force.
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