Rest in Peace Edgar Mitchell, Paranormal Hero
|Edgar Mitchell 1930-2016|
By his own description, Mitchell had a profoundly life-changing experience on his way back from the moon. In his 1996 memoir, “The Way of the Explorer,” he described the experience: “What I experienced during that three-day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness. I actually felt what has been described as an ecstasy of unity,” he said. Mitchell kept his head down for a while, but eventually he went public with the assertion that the United States government has a great deal of information on extraterrestrials that they were not sharing. He was very vocal about the need for greater disclosure, but his interest in the paranormal did not stop with his pleas for greater government disclosure. Mitchell was open about his views on the paranormal and psychic, and he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which sponsors research into the nature of consciousness, or studying the unexplained.
Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas, on Sept. 17, 1930 but considered his hometown Artesia, N.M., near Roswell. He regularly attended paranormal conferences and appeared on televised documentaries with paranormal themes. As I science teacher, I could not help but be impressed by the fact that he was so outspoken about his acknowledgement, in fact embracing of, paranormal ideas. More than anyone else, it was Mitchell's outspokenness that opened my eyes to the view that paranormal ideas and questions have merit, even in a scientific sense. Edgar Mitchell help me to see that many, maybe all paranormal matters have a connection, that they are a essentially the thread that that binds and stitches the fabric of space-time that we inhabit. More than anyone else, it was Edgar Mitchell's courage and outside-the-box thinking that gave me the courage to write down all the bizarre stories and experiences that ultimately became Edges of Science.
Rest in peace, Edgar Mitchell. You will be remembered as one of humanity's great pioneers, and a
personal hero of mine.
(Thanks to West Palm Beach Post for contributing to this blog post.)