Recently disclosed CIA doc re: "Gateway Process" circa 1983

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Recently disclosed CIA doc re: "Gateway Process" circa 1983

Postby Jerky » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:37 am

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Re: Recently disclosed CIA doc re: "Gateway Process" circa 1

Postby Heaven Swan » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:52 am

Very interesting.
Thanks for posting.
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Re: Recently disclosed CIA doc re: "Gateway Process" circa 1

Postby Belligerent Savant » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:43 pm


That was a good read. Calls to mind the Pribram/Bohm holographic theory of the universe (the CIA doc references them at one point, when introducing the holographic theory of consciousness).

A couple additional links that expound a bit on this (there's also a few older threads within RI that reference Talbot's The Holographic Universe, for anyone interested in these concepts):

The Pribram‑Bohm Holoflux Theory of Consciousness: An Integral Interpretation of the Theories of Karl Pribram, David Bohm, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: ... ciousness/

Also, a couple excerpts from Talbot's book -

The Undivided Wholeness of All Things

Most mind-boggling of all are Bohm's fully developed ideas about wholeness. Because everything in the cosmos is made out of the seamless holographic fabric of the implicate order, he believes it is as meaningless to view the universe as composed of "parts, " as it is to view the different geysers in a fountain as separate from the water out of which they flow. An electron is not an "elementary particle. " It is just a name given to a certain aspect of the holomovement. Dividing reality up into parts and then naming those parts is always arbitrary, a product of convention, because subatomic particles, and everything else in the universe, are no more separate from one another than different patterns in an ornate carpet. This is a profound suggestion. In his general theory of relativity Einstein astounded the world when he said that space and time are not separate entities, but are smoothly linked and part of a larger whole he called the space-time continuum. Bohm takes this idea a giant step further. He says that everything in the universe is part of a continuum. Despite the apparent separateness of things at the explicate level, everything is a seamless extension of everything else, and ultimately even the implicate and explicate orders blend into each other. Take a moment to consider this. Look at your hand. Now look at the light streaming from the lamp beside you. And at the dog resting at your feet. You are not merely made of the same things. You are the same thing. One thing. Unbroken. One enormous something that has extended its uncountable arms and appendages into all the apparent objects, atoms, restless oceans, and twinkling stars in the cosmos. Bohm cautions that this does not mean the universe is a giant undifferentiated mass. Things can be part of an undivided whole and still possess their own unique qualities. To illustrate what he means he points to the little eddies and whirlpools that often form in a river. At a glance such eddies appear to be separate things and possess many individual characteristics such as size, rate, and direction of rotation, et cetera. But careful scrutiny reveals that it is impossible to determine where any given whirlpool ends and the river begins. Thus, Bohm is not suggesting that the differences between "things" is meaningless. He merely wants us to be aware constantly that dividing various aspects of the holomovement into "things" is always an abstraction, a way of making those aspects stand out in our perception by our way of thinking. In attempts to correct this, instead of calling different aspects of the holomovement "things, " he prefers to call them "relatively independent subtotalities. "10 Indeed, Bohm believes that our almost universal tendency to fragment the world and ignore the dynamic interconnectedness of all things is responsible for many of our problems, not only in science but in our lives and our society as well. For instance, we believe we can extract the valuable parts of the earth without affecting the whole. We believe it is possible to treat parts of our body and not be concerned with the whole. We believe we can deal with various problems in our society, such as crime, poverty, and drug addiction, without addressing the problems in our society as a whole, and so on. In his writings Bohm argues passionately that our current way of fragmenting the world into parts not only doesn't work, but may even lead to our extinction.


Because all such things are aspects of the holomovement, he feels it has no meaning to speak of consciousness and matter as interacting. In a sense, the observer is the observed. The observer is also the measuring device, the experimental results, the laboratory, and the breeze that blows outside the laboratory. In fact, Bohm believes that consciousness is a more subtle form of matter, and the basis for any relationship between the two lies not in our own level of reality, but deep in the implicate order. Consciousness is present in various degrees of enfoldment and unfoldment in all matter, which is perhaps why plasmas possess some of the traits of living things. As Bohm puts it, "The ability of form to be active is the most characteristic feature of mind, and we have something that is mindlike already with the electron. "11 Similarly, he believes that dividing the universe up into living and nonliving things also has no meaning. Animate and inanimate matter are inseparably interwoven, and life, too, is enfolded throughout the totality of the universe. Even a rock is in some way alive, says Bohm, for life and intelligence are present not only in all of matter, but in "energy, " "space, " "time, " "the fabric of the entire universe, " and everything else we abstract out of the holomovement and mistakenly view as separate things. The idea that consciousness and life (and indeed all things) are ensembles enfolded throughout the universe has an equally dazzling flip side. Just as every portion of a hologram contains the image of the whole, every portion of the universe enfolds the whole. This means that if we knew how to access it we could find the Andromeda galaxy in the thumbnail of our left hand. We could also find Cleopatra meeting Caesar for the first time, for in principle the whole past and implications for the whole future are also enfolded in each small region of space and time. Every cell in our body enfolds the entire cosmos. So does every leaf, every raindrop, and every dust mote, which gives new meaning to William Blake's famous poem:
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.

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Re: Recently disclosed CIA doc re: "Gateway Process" circa 1

Postby Wombaticus Rex » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:41 am


Ft. Meade, eh?

Not a lot in the way of information on Wayne McConnell's subsequent career; I half-expected him to show up at Esalen or IONS. Instead, I just found some outrageously bad articles rehashing this PDF and invoking The X-Files. Rough times for civilization.

He also wrote a historical report now in the public domain - "The NVA in Laos: 1951-73"

Given the timeline, I am guessing this is not the same guy - but interesting due to the all the .mil references in his copy:

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Again, rough times for civilization. They weren't sending a child to evaluate Monroe in 1983, though, they were sending an operator.

The cheap stalker sheets list a Wayne M McDonnell age 75 living in Florida -- seems more like our man. (M is for Michael, predictably enough.) Military Intelligence selects for low-key dudes, so it makes sense he's not running an ESP cult. It would be fascinating to talk with him about it now, but I'll respect his final act.

I wonder who is running the ESP cult, though? It sure as shit ain't Ed Dames.
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