Book Review: Out of Place in Time and Space
Written By: Paranormal News
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How come we see things from the past that look so much like things from the present? Toy airplanes found in tombs, pictures of children hundreds of years ago with toy helicopters, classical buildings made of cement which wasn’t even invented until hundreds of years later--what gives? How could a primitive tribe know of the existence of a planetary object well before it was noted by modern day astronomers? How could a writer create a story about a huge boat that gets into an accident that has too few lifeboats--end up as an occupant on the Titanic? How could a movie be made about the president creating a fake war to distract attention away from his affair--occur at the same time of the Monica Lewinsky scandal? These questions and more are addressed in Lamont Wood’s new book, Out of Place In Time And Space, published by New Page Books, which has honestly turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year.
Is it just a perceptual flaw to spot UFOs in art? What’s going on there? What about finding books from the 19th Century which have come true in the 20th? How about discovering a tower on a moon in space? Are these ’perceptual flaws’ really flaws at all, or could they possibly be teaching us something about the nature of time itself that we do not know yet? You weren’t expecting that analysis, were you? Good books teach you to think differently.
If you were to pick up an object that functions exactly like a switch blade—but it is somehow discovered to be 100,000 years old--you MAY be completely off-base when bragging to your friends that you have a 100,000 year old switch blade, but you can use it as one, so isn’t it a switch blade? What’s going on there? So, is it a switch blade or not? It is now. Things from the past can become different objects we can relate to in our present. Following the same logic, things from our own present can actually become different artifacts from the future. Perhaps our switch blades will be forbalgrubs in 2000 years in a space ship headed for Alpha Centauri. So how could we have, right now, such foreknowledge, or be blissfully unaware of them?
No one actually knows what time is, but the unusual collection of examples presented in this book makes one wonder—are we time itself? Are our collective perceptions time itself? Is consciousness time itself? I cannot give you a definitive answer, and it doesn’t really matter anyway, because you have your own chunk of time to work with to invent cause and effect relationships which may or may not agree with the computer program presented to us by the collective. Everyone has this same ability, adrift in a holographic universe, to trick themselves into believing that time only flows forward. But in these examples, you see it flowing backwards and sideways. It all depends on how you choose to perceive it, and it is quite possible that there is no ’right’ way to perceive it at all.
Much food for thought in this book. Although presented in a light-hearted skeptical tone, Lamont Wood is actually a skeptic I can listen to, as he has a beautifully open mind, and consistently made more than just sense--he made me think.
Thanks for the trip, Lamont. Looking backwards and forwards for the next.