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Ron Patton | July 8, 2019
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Over the Fourth of July weekend, I was one of the many people who binge-watched the Netflix TV show Stranger things. In fact, the family TV was tied up as Liam my stepson played catch up and binge-watched the other two seasons.

Now, mind you even though the TV show is a work of fiction, much of what the show talks about is based on reality – a reality that edges towards the fringe and unusual.

The entire show is based on the Montauk Project, where unique psychokinetic experiments were carried out on children and adults during the Cold War era.

Rumors that the US government had been conducting experiments in psychological warfare in Montauk at either Camp Hero or the Montauk Air Force Station began to bubble up in the mid-1980s.

Preston B. Nichols legitimized the theorizing when he detailed the supposed events in a series of books. In The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, Nichols recovered repressed memories about his stint as a subject in a mysterious experiment; soon, others involved with the Montauk Project came forward to corroborate some of Nichols claims.

Another story about Montauk includes the idea that the Department of Energy opened a portal into another Universe, which allegedly was discovered during a top-secret test called the Philadelphia Experiment.

In October 1943, the US military supposedly conducted secret experiments in the naval shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on a quest to discover a way to foil Nazi radar so that they could safely transport supplies to the Allies in Europe. The Navy has never admitted to any of these tests taking place, but according to conspiracy theorists as far back as 1955, it not only succeeded in uncovering how to make its ships invisible to radar, but accidentally managed to cause a battleship to travel into a mirror universe.

The Navy denies that any such experiment occurred, however, there were at least two men that claimed that they were a part of the test.

Al Bielek claimed that he had repressed memories of being on The Navy destroyer U.S.S. Eldridge—the ship that was accidentally transported through time.

Bielek claimed that, sometime in the 1940s, Nikola Tesla figured out how to make the U.S.S. Eldridge invisible and, in the process, opened up a time wormhole into the future that sucked in the ship. He and a man named Duncan Cameron were on board, jumping off the vessel and landing at Montauk’s Camp Hero — on August 12th, 1983. The military promptly sent them back through the wormhole with a mission: destroy the equipment on the Eldridge. According to Bielek, the brothers completed their mission, though that didn’t stop the government from doing more experiments on building portals into the future.

Sometime in the 1950s, surviving researchers from the original Project Rainbow began to discuss the project with an eye to continuing the research into technical aspects of manipulating the electromagnetic bottle that had been used to make the USS Eldridge (DE-173) invisible, and the reasons and possible military applications of the psychological effects of the magnetic field.

A report was supposedly prepared and presented to the United States Congress, and was soundly rejected as far too dangerous. So a proposal was made directly to the United States Department of Defense promising a powerful new weapon that could drive an enemy insane, inducing the symptoms of schizophrenia at the touch of a button. Without Congressional approval, the project would have to be top secret and secretly funded. The Department of Defense approved. Funding supposedly came from a cache of US$10 billion in Nazi gold recovered from a train found by U.S. soldiers in a train tunnel in France. The train was blown up and all the soldiers involved were killed. When those funds ran out, additional funding was secured from ITT and Krupp AG in Germany.

Work was begun at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York under the name Phoenix Project, but it was soon realized that the project required a large radar dish, and installing one at Brookhaven would compromise the security of the project. Luckily, the U.S. Air Force had a decommissioned base at Montauk, New York, not far from Brookhaven, which had a complete Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) radar installation. The site was large and remote (Montauk was not yet a tourist attraction) and water access would allow equipment to be moved in and out undetected.

Equipment was moved to Camp Hero at the Montauk base in the late 1960s, and installed in an underground bunker beneath the base. According to conspiracy theorists, to mask the nature of the project the site was closed in 1969 and donated as a wildlife refuge/park, with the provision that everything underground would remain the property of the Air Force (although, in reality, the base remained in operation until the 1980s).

The facility was expanded to as many as twelve levels and several hundred workers, without anyone in the town noticing the tons of building materials or hundreds of workers required. Some reports have the facility extending under the town of Montauk itself.

Homeless people were abducted and subjected to huge amounts of electromagnetic radiation. Few survived.

Experiments were conducted in teleportation, remote viewing and psychokinesis.

It was claimed that a “porthole in time” was created which allowed researchers to travel anywhere in time or space. This was developed into a stable “Time Tunnel”.

Contact was made with alien extraterrestrials through the Time Tunnel and technology was exchanged with them which enhanced the project. This allowed broader access to “hyperspace”.

An alien monster traveled through the time tunnel, destroyed equipment, and devoured researchers. The tunnel was shut down and the creature destroyed much of the equipment.

After the experiments were completed or the destruction of the facility, depending on which book you read, the facility was closed for good, all the staff were brainwashed, shot, or sworn to absolute secrecy, and all records destroyed. According to some stories, research continues at the site to this day with enhanced security.

Now you know what inspired the Duffer Brothers to create such a successful science fiction series.

The question has always been what parts of real science and fiction are represented and where are those lines in the margins where we realize that there may be more to the story than a bunch of kids fighting mind flayers and Demigorgons?

Well, there are some clues that we can uncover and some of them are unbelievable but true.

First of all, you have to know something about what is called the Einstein-Rosen Bridge theory.

The Einstein-Rosen Bridge theory resulted from a set of solutions to Einstein’s relativity equations by Karl Schwarzschild. Using general relativity, the theory postulates curved-space structures that can connect two different regions of space-time.

The Einstein-Rosen Bridge is also featured in two episodes of Stargate Atlantis, one designed by Dr. Rodney McKay and one designed by a rival academic using his blueprints. This has the same purpose as the Thor Bridge, as it connects two different universes rather than two points in the same universe.

Of course, it goes without saying that stargates are themselves Einstein-Rosen bridges, but ‘conventional’ ones that connect two points in the same space-time continuum.

While science fiction movies and television shows use predictive programming and hypothetical scenarios with regard to wormholes – the reality that something miraculous has happened is compelling.

While this may all sound like circumstantial evidence and pure speculation – an overlapping event or even a stable Rosen-Bridge event may be happening or is happening on planet Earth.

If space is infinite and the distribution of matter is sufficiently uniform on large scales, then even the most unlikely events must take place somewhere. In particular, there are infinitely many other inhabited planets, including not just one but infinitely many with people with the same appearance, name and memories as you. Indeed, there are infinitely many other regions the size of our observable universe, where every possible cosmic history is played out.

Right after the first season of Stranger things aired on Netflix, Chelsea Handler, a talk show host on the network invited United States Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz on to discuss Climate Change.

You see, in the TV show Stranger Things, there is a mysterious building owned by the Department of Energy where scientists have accidentally opened up a portal to a multiverse called the “Upside Down.” Chelsea asked Moniz on ‘Stranger Things,’ they have a Department of Energy and they spend a lot of time investigating a parallel universe. What can you tell us about that?”

Moniz gave a reply that surprised everyone.

“I can tell you first of all that I have never seen it, but I’m aware of it,” Moniz said. “Secondly, I believe this fictional D.O.E. laboratory was operating in the 1980s. You can draw any inference you need from that. Third, I will note that actually we do work in parallel universes.”

Moniz went into a little more detail about how the real US Department of Energy oversees such efforts.

“We are also a big supporter of very basic science and that includes trying to understand the basic particles of nature and the structure of the universe,” he said. “Theoretical physics … looks at things like higher dimensions than three dimensions, and parallel universes.”

You see, in the TV show Stranger Things, there is a mysterious building owned by the Department of Energy where scientists have accidentally opened up a portal to a multiverse called the “Upside Down.” Chelsea asked Moniz on ‘Stranger Things,’ they have a Department of Energy and they spend a lot of time investigating a parallel universe. What can you tell us about that?”

Moniz gave a reply that surprised everyone.

“I can tell you first of all that I have never seen it, but I’m aware of it,” Moniz said. “Secondly, I believe this fictional D.O.E. laboratory was operating in the 1980s. You can draw any inference you need from that. Third, I will note that actually we do work in parallel universes.”

Moniz went into a little more detail about how the real US Department of Energy oversees such efforts.

“We are also a big supporter of very basic science and that includes trying to understand the basic particles of nature and the structure of the universe,” he said. “Theoretical physics … looks at things like higher dimensions than three dimensions, and parallel universes.”

There has been speculation for some time that the work at Montauk included the use of heavy supercolliders for these experiments.

These colliders are underground all over the United States. These colliders are smaller versions of what we now know is being fired up at CERN.

What is most interesting is that for a year now, the experiments at many of the other super colliders have continued even though scientists like Stephen Hawking and others have considered the act of smashing atoms to find god, a potentially dangerous operation.

So far, all of the warnings about a machine open the gates of hell or even a portal to a multiverse like the “Upside Down” in Stranger Things have been found to be fruitless, and the experiments continue unabated as we uncomfortably wonder if they are indeed, safe.

However, the truth is not as comfortable as one would hope.

As a result of how quickly our universe expanded, scientists say that there is reason to believe that there are “bubble universes”. Alternate universes may have sectioned off during creation, forming their own realities.

Using the “eternal inflation” approach to the cosmos, everything exists in a vacuum but still has energy. Think of this theory like a big, cosmological pot of boiling water. The bubbles roil, bouncing off and into one another. These bubbles resulted from those universal collisions.

These collisions are what drive scientists to replicate them in conditions provided by the Large Hadron Collider.

According to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, any large amounts of matter or energy will distort the space and time that surrounds it.

If the energy or mass is large enough, it is claimed that time can be distorted so much that it folds back on itself, creating a wormhole, or time tunnel, between the present and the future.

This is called “The Upside Down” in Stranger things and according to the head of the department of energy exists somewhere out there.

Although the implications may seem crazy, this spatially infinite cosmological model is, in fact, the simplest and most popular one out there. It is part of the cosmological concordance model, which agrees with all current observational evidence and is used as the basis for most calculations and simulations presented at cosmology conferences. In contrast, alternatives such as a fractal universe, a closed universe and a multiply connected universe have been seriously challenged by observations.

The reality is that scientists are about to conduct an experiment that is almost identical to the experiment Russian scientists are doing in the fictional Stranger Things.

At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in eastern Tennessee, physicist Leah Broussard is trying to open a portal to a parallel universe. She calls it an “oscillation” that would lead her to “mirror matter,” but the idea is fundamentally the same. In a series of experiments she plans to run at Oak Ridge this summer, Broussard will send a beam of subatomic particles down a 50-foot tunnel, past a ring of powerful magnets and into an impenetrable wall. If the setup is just right — and if the universe cooperates — some of those particles will transform into mirror-image versions of themselves, allowing them to tunnel right through the wall. And if that happens, Broussard will have uncovered the first evidence of a mirror world right alongside our own.

The mirror world, assuming it exists, would have its own laws of mirror-physics and its own mirror-history.

Science claims that quantum events happen all the time. There may parallel worlds that are not far away but in a sense are right here. If the fundamental equations of physics are what mathematicians call unitary, as they so far appear to be, then the universe keeps branching into many parallel universes.

Whenever a quantum event appears to have a random outcome, all outcomes, in fact, occur, one in each branch.

Broussard says her initial search for the mirror world won’t be especially difficult. “This is a pretty straightforward experiment that we cobbled together with parts we found lying around, using equipment and resources we already had available at Oak Ridge,” she says. But if she unequivocally detects even a single mirror particle, it would prove that the visible universe is only half of what is out there and that the known laws of physics are only half of a much broader set of rules.

This would be a game changer – for many different games in the multiverse.

Broussard’s goal is to find out if that portal really exists and, if so, to open it in a methodical way. That’s where her neutron beam and impenetrable wall come in.

Oak Ridge has an 85-megawatt nuclear reactor that can shoot out billions of neutrons on demand, so getting enough raw material to work with isn’t an issue. The hard part is figuring out how to make some of the neutrons cross over into the mirror world and then prove to her skeptical colleagues (and to her skeptical self) that it really happened.

Running the experiment will take about one day. Collecting the data and weeding out every possible source of error might then take a few weeks more. Broussard is looking for any telltale neutrons that managed to get past the barrier by turning into mirror neutrons, then turning back. “It all comes down to: Are we able to shine neutrons through a wall?” she says. “We should see no neutrons” according to conventional physics theory. If some of them show up anyway, that would suggest that conventional physics is wrong, and the mirror world is real.

Meanwhile, Klaus Kirch is working on a complementary experiment at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Zurich. His plan is to capture slow-moving neutrons, hit them with a magnetic field and then count to see if all the particles are still there. “If some neutrons oscillated into mirror-neutrons, they would disappear from our apparatus,” he says. Kirch’s team has already run the experiment and hopes to have their results analyzed later in the summer.

Despite their conceptual simplicity, both Broussard’s and Kirch’s experiments are extremely delicate undertakings, dependent on assessing the strange behavior of a few subatomic particles within a crowd of billions. Other researchers have proposed that there might be more blatant signs of a mirror world. We might be experiencing it and unless we are aware of subtle changes we become oblivious to it.

Believe it or not, one of the most requested shows or topics people want me to talk about is the “Mandela Effect.” I always say that if the topic starts to surface again I would most certainly find a way to talk about it and most certainly do it in a way that is unique or at least an extension of the last show that I did on the subject.

A lot of people are still unaware of the phenomena and so perhaps it would be best to explain the best way I can what it is.

The name of the phenomena comes from the mistaken belief that the civil rights activist, Nelson Mandela, died while in prison in the 1980s — he actually died in 2013.

There have been many other ways to describe this experience. In psychiatry, there have been many psychiatrists that see the phenomena as a mental scotoma which is a figurative blind spot in a person’s psychological awareness.

There has been an viral internet believe that the Mandela Effect could be some sort of quantum glitch and that because of the apocalyptic changes, there are two worlds that are melding together, or, of timeline corrections or disruptions because of theories that we are living in an artificial environment, or because of experiments of time bending.

What the Mandela Effect illustrates is that many people are experiencing an alternative memory or an alternative recall effect that has them confused about what their brain has absorbed and what the reality or the hyper-reality has programmed into them.

Scientists are dismissing it as collective false memories but now with all of the proof of time doorway experiments and time-bending – there seems to be a reason to rethink the reasons for this mass collective memory loss.

Recently, I experienced the Mandela Effect three times in a month. The recent deaths of Lee Iacocca and Artie Johnson were Mandela strands for me – I thought that both had died years ago.

There was also a Mandela strand that happened as I was watching the film Stan and Ollie. Stan and Ollie is a film about the last days of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. When I was a kid I watched all of their films at a library near my home. The public library had an awesome audio-visual room where you could check out a video and watch it in a small theater.

Laurel and Hardy films were a great escape when I was a kid.

In the film of Stan and Ollie – Stan Laurel played by Steve Coogen tells Oliver Hardy played by John C. Reilly that they are to embark on a trip to London in order to speak to a movie producer about a film idea that Stan Laurel wanted to propose.

The film was called Robin Hood.

Stan fails to convince the producer to make the film. I was waiting for the happy ending where Laurel and Hardy do their final movie Robin Hood because I remember it being a funny film.

The truth is – Laurel and Hardy never made Robin Hood.

I distinctly remember seeing it – Oliver Hardy played Friar Tuck – or “Friar Hardy” and little John was played by Stan Laurel.

If you search the internet movie database there is no Laurel and Hardy/Robin Hood movie – in biographies, it is reported that the Robin Hood movie was never realized.

I asked someone I knew who was a Laurel and Hardy fan if he remembered Laurel and Hardy in Robin Hood and he said that there is a scene in Stan and Ollie where they are acting in the movie Robin Hood –except it is a foreshadowing of the film and not the true film. He said that it triggered a memory of both of them starring in the Robyn Hood film. He told me it was only a short film and that he remembered that Oliver Hardy played Little John.

If I remembered it – how did I remember it – if it didn’t exist?

Just like I remember the wicked queen in Disney’s Snow White say, “Mirror mirror on the wall.” Now of course if you go back to the film for reference the queen actually says “Magic Mirror on the wall.”

Perhaps the sentence got lost in translation as in the original story she says “Looking Glass –Looking Glass” or “Spieglein, Spieglein.”

Personally, I love the idea that it might be evidence that, now and then, like tourists – we’re sliding into an alternate reality, and then return to our home reality.

However, science is honing in on the Mandela Effect question and is now claiming that when it comes to the Mandela Effect, many examples are attributable to so-called “schema-driven errors”. Schemas are organized “packets” of knowledge that direct memory. In this way, schemas facilitate understanding of material but can produce distortion.

But if the distortion becomes part of the collective reality – then there is a mass packet loss that is shared by many people.

There is no “one size fits all” explanation now we know that scientists wish to pierce through the mirror in the wall.

Written by Ron Patton

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