This content will be controversial (but once you understand how the engineering of opinion works, you may not consider 'controversial', in the common meaning of the term, to equate to anything negative, rather, as more a liberating description). Sometimes the information may come from or rely on singular or marginal or ambiguous sources. This is often the case, but it may also be the case that the information, compromised and marginal as it may be, somehow evokes a response that, 'yes, this seems to be true, or is at least possible'.

This information is not necessarily how any of us at Borderland feel, but there are at least some of us who think it should be mentioned or promoted. In all cases, we will be forthright and will presume to be opinionated. There's a lot of mind-blowing stuff out there, and we are definitely in the midst of a Paradigm Shift, so hope you are enjoying the ride. We are (most of the time that is).

The questionable reliability of history. History is based on records, and over the centuries, many many records have been lost to fire and flood, and most sadly, due to the desire of many 'civilizations' to erase vestiges of those they conquer; while the European colonizers have become infamous for what they did worldwide, they are not the only ones culpable. Some troubling parts of our history are not part of popular consciousness, such as the impacts our planet sometimes gets from space. Consider how events might promote the frequency of such 'heavy metal' visitors, in a rapid timeframe. Check this out.

The Crystal Skull - where does it come from? According to the accounts on this web site, no modern processes are capable of creating this wondrous artifact, and it cannot be dated.

Human footprints found in Mexico have been supposedly dated to 1.3 million years. you remember the Leakeys, and their finds of human fossils in Africa? Well, these footprints predate the earliest such fossils in Africa by more than a million years. A different dating system was employed, namely argon/argon dating, which permits longer timeframes than radiocarbon dating, but there is still controversy over the actual age.

If you are not aware of the fragmentary scientific consensus on the antiquity of humanity, and were not aware of the important role of careerism and peer review in stultifying new points of view, you may be verrrrry interested in some of the content in this area.

It's possible that catastrophes have hit the Earth during the time humans have been here, with massive destruction of any evidence of certain civiliations, through cometary or meteor impact. Consider, for example, when Shoemaker-Levy hit Jupiter, we could see actual devastating impacts on a solar system neighbor.

It's possible our world was more interconnected in the past. Consider this story, of a purported ancient Greek in New Mexico named Zakyneros, who hewed a message in stone that only recently was deciphered.

The second main theme, which colors so much of what we know is the nature of consensus in the world of academe and resulting possible bias against changing what is 'real' and 'valid' in a world flooded with information that can break the current constraints on what we can know.

The book by Thomas Kuhn, 'The Nature of Scientific Revolutions', first introduced the notion of the 'paradigm shift'. In the author's formulation, a given way of looking at things, despite contradictions and incomplete explanation of reality, is dominant as it is locked into the career and peer acceptance of the academic community, from whom most of our intellectuals come. These academics in turn write the courseware. The received wisdom is just that, received from authority. This of course does not preclude alternative interpretations that will naturally arise, based partly on the successful fit of the paradigm as it is deployed to explain phenomena.

Academics have a finite set of employment possibilities
Because of the way that people generally get their Master's Degree in the Liberal Arts, the opinion of the faculty is crucial and may be determinative in whether you get your MA or not. Maybe it is the same with the physical sciences. Certainly, if you choose to go for a Ph.D., you are very keen to please the people who will make it possible for you to get your Doctor's degree, as it is very expensive to pursue this academic goal, and you do not want to jeopardize it. Your advancement in the academic realm into faculty land is also heavily reliant on the good will and acceptance of a relative handful of fellow academics. Remember, for most, it's a small world, as this is as specialized a skill as an Oracle DBA, web designer, nurse, GM foreman, or any other job.

With some remarkable, often heroic exceptions, there is no courage in the workaday academic. Why should there be?  There is no need to be, and folks just want to have a comfortable life; this means 'do not rock the boat', 'keep the boss (dean) happy', and similar sentiments, and again, who can blame them, except that they are imparting a subjective world view to the larger society; for many, they are the gatekeepers to a way of looking at things.

Academics teach the next generation what's what, based on the consensus of what 'reality' is. Earlier generations never acknowledged radar, but the electromagnetic spectrum, to include X-rays, was there all along; we just couldn't measure it and/or benefit from its application. Note also the discovery of the double helix of DNA by Crick and Watson, and a female colleague who got shafted by being left out of mention, but that's another story. The DNA instructions were there all along, but we couldn't see them until our technology permitted us to go to that level of physical detail

In general, the growth of knowledge is halting, but sometimes seven league boots are worn when we make that next stride into the unknown-becoming-known. This is often adventitious and fortuitous; sometimes it seems pre-ordained, as if crucial knowledge is being unfolded after being imprinted in the universe. Suddenly we break through to understand that, yes, there is something there, something to that notion, something not yet covered by the paradigm that is ruling our view of things. Sometimes there are benefits/perils attendant on that breakthrough to new, more complete, knowledge.

As an example of this preternatural knowledge, something on the borderland, there seems to be some 'field' effect among living things that cannot be described with current vocabulary, but we don't /can't acknowledge it officially --- yet. The research of Rupert Sheldrake, and the book 'The Secret Lives of Plants', along with the story of Findhorn in Scotland, may be the opening wedge for you in breaking through into a much more interesting worldview.

For understandable human reasons related to security, the current world view/paradigm dominates, but as time goes by more and more exceptions to the rules appear, and/or contradictory behavior is seen in the system. In any event, our nice, satisfying understanding of reality (which is not ever necessarily complete) helps us by providing the structure for our daily humdrum existence. Consider that, if we did not even agree on the fundamental definitions, we might not be able to proceed with confidence that everything doesn't turn to randomness.

Given the stasis of the publishers, authors and teachers at times, we sometimes experience literally a 'die-off' of one generation, and its replacement with a new set of careerists who happen to have a  better, more complete, yet never comprehensive, understanding, a new generation that admits the anomalies which lurk around the edges of the old paradigm. A new generation that admits the gaps in our knowledge, and seeks to answer, or has succeeded in answering, those anomalies, while likely to harbor the next generation of misperceptions or biases.

And so it goes
(as the late Kurt Vonnegut has written).

Here's something to chew on: Why We Believe What We Do and Why We Should Be Concerned. What do you think? (That's all that matters).

Mirror Neurons comprise a good percentage of total neurons, about 20%. They are crucial for the rapid learning that enabled culture and civilization; fascinating look at, among other things, "Gandhi Neurons"

ET phenomenon and coverup
If you have not been paying much attention to the remarkable amount of information and disinformation out there on UFO and ET subjects, you would be surprised. A lot of it is pure nonsense, soft-headed, fuzzy and sometimes downright racist, but there is some very detailed and widespread testimony, from such sources as The Disclosure Project of Dr. Stephen Greer.

One of the themes that is common and has been for years is the proposition that we on Earth have been visited by life forms from other planets. Some date this back to centuries, citing folk tales about Wee Folk, and images and artifacts over the centuries that we cannot adequately explain. NB: The Hieroglyphics at Abydos have been explained; they are weathered hieroglyphics; part of what an authentic and useful source should offer is debunking of tantalizing yet ultimately false artifacts.

There is testimony and (often suppressed) evidence of visitation and contact, not just eyeball accounts, but conversations and other forms of interaction. If this is possibly true, why would the officials of the world not disclose this? Well, studies have shown that releasing this type of information to the general public could conceivably cause societal collapse, or at least significant disruptions, maybe localized and short-term, maybe globally disruptive.

With a truly felt belief in national security inspiring such action, the government and military have long sought to discredit and 'dirty up' evidence, to allow for large segments of the population to dismiss otherwise persuasive or at least mind boggling evidence. It's a matter of national defense, in a sense. (Some of that 'oft-headed, fuzzy and sometimes downright racist' content in the UFO/ET area are actual disinformation projects.

For those who scoff at the likelihood of disinformation: Why would a sensible government not deploy all instrumentalities at its disposal in support of its aims? Since there is a good deal of research done on how to mold popular opinion, disinformation campaigns can be well-informed, no pun intended; a well-crafted campaign can use tools of communication and persuasion to good effect, at least a good deal of the time. Fascinating cat-and-mouse game with the truth and the perceived public good.

To get you started, visit the Disclosure Project, where the testimony of hundreds of individuals is available. These folks came out in May 2001, offering their names and reputations in support of the argument that we are visited by entities that do not live among us (normally).

Vagus Nerve and 'Elevation': the case of Barack Obama's 2008 electoral victory.

Sniffing Keystrokes
The technology exists to read what a person is typing through the air. Assume a surveillance status, at least at times.

Tinfoil Hats and Voices in your Head
Check out this article from Wired about "Voice of God" weapon.

The venerable U2 spy plane, from 13 miles in the sky, can detect small disturbances in the dirt, thereby helping locate IED mines.

The South Pole Telescope and Binary Star Systems
It is possible that the expensive and very heavy telescope installed in the last few years in Antarctica is for more reliable monitoring of a dwarf companion to our Sun? Interesting line of inquiry.

The Mind-Body connection and the Holographic Universe
A famous book by Michael Talbot blows away our conceptions about the universe. One of the more fascinating sections deals with multiple personality disorders and evidence that people with MPD can turn illnesses on and off as they move through the several personalities that share a person's body and mind. Such people exhibit radical changes in their biology depending on which personality is "in charge" of the body. Among the amazing examples are total disappearance of diabetes, complete changes in vision (color blindness as well as refractive errors), allergic reactions, erasing the effects of drugs and alcohol, tumors, scars, and cysts coming and going, and more. All of these things are well-documented in the scientific literature (cited in the book).

As one reviewer put it, the evidence in this book "totally destroys the whole Cartesian-clockwork view of physical reality, not to mention the Western allopathic model of medicine.... The MPD research alone should force a total redirection of our health research. Of course it won't, because trillion-dollar industries rely on expensive cures that don't necessarily work, and those industries couldn't care less about your and my health, only our ability to pay." Sad but true.