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You can listen to Rosie O’Donnell talking about crop circles on two of her recent radio shows, on Sirius:

The first time was for 14 minutes, after she saw What On Earth?  It’s the second link

The second time, I was on the show with her. It’s the third link. You won’t hear what’s minutes remaining in the show after that, when she continued to talk to her sidekicks and callers about the circles. I loved it cause however skeptical anyone was, she said they would change their minds if they saw the movie!

There’s a possibility that I’ll take Rosie to England with me this summer. And am looking forward to her new talk show on Oprah’s network, OWN — she said she wanted me to come on it!

Love to have your thoughts about this development. Leave them in the Comment box here and I’ll share them with Rosie.

Crop circle reports and some musing on SchwartzReport

I have some fascinating friends. Stephan Schwartz is one of them. For ten years, he has been publishing a daily news service, SchwartzReport, to which many influential people subscribe. Click here to get on his list.


On Stephan’s personal site, he says this:

“My life has been spent exploring extraordinary human functioning, and how individuals and small groups can, and have, affected social change.  I’ve done this both as an experimentalist in parapsychology, and by being privileged to have been a part of several major social transformations: civil rights in the 1960s, the transformation of the military from an elitist conscription organization to an all-voluntary meritocracy in the 70s, and citizen diplomacy between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 80s and 90s. Both the experiences and the research have convinced me that all life is inter-connected and interdependent.”

A few days ago, Stephan posted my NY Times movie review on SchwartzReport. He led off with these remarks, which I like very much:

“What on Earth?” Probes Mysteries of Crop Circles

This is a new documentary by SR reader, Suzanne Taylor, who has been a friend for many years. I have seen the documentary, and think this is a very good assessment. As the reviewer notes, the images of the “circles” are stunning. And Suzanne is very amiable. She doesn’t condescend or make fun. So you get to hear from these people what they really believe, which is interesting. Skepticism gets boring. Agreement is not required, only a respect for sincerity.

I know some of you will write me and ask me what I believe about this. Here it is: I made a documentary on the circles myself in the 1980s, and came away from it feeling that while some were hoaxes, others could not be explained away so easily. Just writing this brings back the memory of talking with a British army officer who had been detailed to examine them. All night he and his crew stood on a hill looking out into the dark, seeing a field beneath them in the green glow of night goggles. They had all kind of instrumentation. As the day broke the officer said to me, “I turned around to take a leak, and there before me, in the other direction was a large and complex circle. I do not believe any method I know could have accomplished that without being detected.”

That and the interview with a young Mormon couple who had a circle appear in their field, just before harvest, which they did not appreciate at all. This is the other one that stands out in my memory. The young couple could not have been straighter. They had that integrity about being truthful that anyone who has Mormon farm friends would instantly recognize. I knew they were telling me what they had experienced.

If pressed to construct a scenario which would cover the observed phenomenon I would say this: Suppose at some future date some kind of retrocausal technology develops. You’re in a laboratory in the U.K. and you want to test the technology in some objectively verifiable manner but you have to be careful not to set some change in the past that could alter the future. Well, how about going back and leaving a design, randomly selected for you before you exercised this technology in the crop of a farm field. It would be sure to get recorded so, in the future, your present, you could go to newspapers or video of the era and see whether your design had been reported. Since the appearances were inexplicable, they would generate only short term local interest, and likely be dismissed as curiosities or fakes. Thus they would confirm, while producing few ripples.

Allyson Grey, another panelist, makes beautiful art, too

Look at this artwork by Allyson Grey, the wife of Alex, for whom I did this post. The underlying sacred  geometry of the circles, which is the design of the universe, is in good part what makes them so beautiful to our eyes, and there’s a lot of reflection of that in Allyson’s work. Allyson and Alex both were on the panel for screenings last night at the QUAD Cinema, where they added a lot of class!

Audiences have been loving the movie and have stayed for the panels afterwards, which have gone on until we’ve had to  leave. I’d shipped a lot of DVDs and I’ve sold them all!

Audience reaction has been particularly satisfying in that a lot of people didn’t know about the circles. I didn’t make the movie to entertain “us,” but to open other people’s eyes, and this has been the first chance on a large scale to see how that goes.There have been people all along who’ve shown it to skeptical relatives or friends and turned them around, but the impact on people who got there without any biased recommendation has been particularly gratifying.