Monday, October 26, 2009
Strategic Visions-Courtesy of CoastZone Newsletter
On Sunday night's show, George Knapp was joined by strategic visionary Jim Channon, who talked about his role in the Army's research and development of psychic abilities. In the latter half of the conversation, he outlined breakthroughs that could guide our planet toward a brighter future. Channon, upon whom Jeff Bridges' character is based in the new film The Men Who Stare at Goats, remarked that he'd originally thought the movie about Army psychic studies was "blasphemy." However, after giving it some thought, he realized it was a rare opportunity to inform people about the work he'd done and acted as a consultant on the film.
In recounting how the development of psychic abilities began in the Army, he explained that he first noticed psychic skills emerging from the soldiers serving under him in Vietnam. Over time his troops would develop specialized skills such as a "feeler" who could sense bombs and "ear people" who could "tell whether a truck is coming at you or going away, at a mile and a half." It was only upon returning home that he recognized these abilities as paranormal and convinced his Army superiors to explore them further. The goal, he explained, was to "extend your range of awareness" on the battlefield in order to prevent conflict with the enemy.
He also detailed a number of societal changes which he believes would improve the world population. One such suggestion was a movement towards a web-based democracy, calling nationalized governments obsolete. "They're no longer helpful, they're actually the problem," Channon observed. On the contrary, he said, the Internet is where true democracy is taking place in contemporary times and that it is fueling an eventual shift towards a shared global identity amongst the world's populace. Other concepts he discussed included embracing simplicity, decentralizing governments into "bioregions," and having companies diversify their output in order to maintain jobs.
*Thanks to CoasttoCoastam.com