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It's really surprising to see an article like that in the WSJ, of all places.

I'm pretty certain myself I saw an apparition as a small child. I've also caught glimpses of what may have been apparitions.

I've also felt a lot what I call "dread" experiences. These involve places I've been to where I've seem to felt dread or heaviness, such as in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Walking the battle, one really seems to feel something - but is it just because I knew what happened there?

One another occasion, I was in Paris, walking around, and came to a place where I felt physically very cold and uncomfortable all of a sudden. I even mentioned it to my companion. Later I found out that this was the place where executions occurred during the French Revolution. I'd be interested to know if other people have experienced this.

Ultimately, though, I think most people are still afraid to admit to these experiences for fear of being mocked or discredited, especially if one is in uptight profession.


Yes, the odd thing about believing in these things is that, until fairly recently, a lot of people shared the beliefs but could share them with others with much efficiency.

I also agree with Kathleen that a lot of people are still holding back.

This page appears to be related to the paywalled WSJ article. On the video, you see an apparent diaphanous spectre, which the child in the crib stands up to watch. Here is the explanation given for what we "think" we see:

According to Lawrence Balter, professor emeritus of applied psychology at New York University, much of this may be to do with the natural nervousness a new parent might feel about protecting their child.

"If you weren't nervous you probably wouldn't make that interpretation," he said. "You'd say it's probably some sort of technological glitch. But if you're nervous and worried about your newborn's well-being, you might jump to a conclusion that's less than logical."

Perhaps I'm the nervous type too, but it looks to me as though the child is captivated by the "technological glitch" in the video.

As for Heinlein, he gives good advice to his correspondent: "In the meantime, be patient. And walk on past the churches and try the public library it is an interesting subject to dig into".

Stranger in a Strange Land was an underground sensation in the days when the underground was really such—1963. It was being past around in the East Village then, and was quite different from any other of Heinlein's works, which I'd liked as a kid. Its hero was a martian who had all sorts of unearthly ideas. Some terms have become common, like "grok," meaning to comprehend in fullness.

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