Encounters: Experiences with Nonhuman Intelligences
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About the Author
D. W. Pasulka is a professor of religious studies at UNC Wilmington. Her extensive body of work delves into the exploration of miraculous occurrences that span Catholic history to the contemporary phenomena of emerging religious movements and technologies.Diana's first book, American Cosmic, presented a watershed moment in the academic world and ignited a profound paradigm shift in the understanding of religious phenomena and their intersection with technology. This book along with her next book, Encounters, inspired the Amblin Docuseries ENCOUNTERS, about UFOs/UAPs. Diana acted as Producing Consultant for ENCOUNTERS. Her public scholarship has been published and cited in a variety of popular venues such as Tank, Vox, Vice, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Diana is a sought-after speaker and Keynote speaker in academic and public circles and is a frequent guest on podcasts, radio broadcasts, and television programs, including Lex Fridman, NPR, and iconic venues like the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the SXSW conference.
"Encounters is a ground-breaking, multi-layered look at aspects of the UFO phenomenon that are rarely explored with such clarity, sophistication and insight. While the study of UFO evidence has captivated the world for decades, Encounters ventures further, diving into the enigmatic realms of the mystery that lie at the heart of this phenomenon, and which have touched the lives of so many people. Through profiles of unusual, gifted individuals with much to teach us, we learn how scientists and technologists are motivated to explore profound questions about the nature of consciousness as a result of their own connections to non-human intelligence. I highly recommend this book."
--Leslie Kean, investigative reporter and author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record
--Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars and X-Men: The New Mutants, creator of The Stand
"Diana Pasulka has applied her prodigious academic skills to the generally dismissed subjects of UFOs and close encounters, and the result is astonishing and revelatory. The present will greet this book with wary surprise; the future will call it a masterwork."
--Whitley Strieber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Communion "The next essential chapter in the UFO mystery. A compelling page-turner that confronts the elephant in the room on UFOs. That, on the evidence, the key to this intriguing mystery is least likely to be that these strange objects are just mere super-advanced craft from a technologically superior non-human intelligence. In Encounters, Pasulka coaxes her fascinating UFO experiencers to reveal a frequent preternatural high-strangeness associated with their sighting events; the woo behind these events is an uncomfortable feature not commonly emphasized, indeed often overlooked. Her thesis is that maybe the very thing being ignored is the key. Why, she asks, do so many great thinkers and creatives credit their ground-breaking ideas to dreams and downloads? Is the phenomenon an organic uber AI seeding human consciousness with transcending ideas and UFO 'craft' just but one manifestation of a broader enigma? Underlying all indigenous knowledge systems is this idea of pan-psychism, a sentient environment. She questions if the notion of an organic internet explains the aboriginal dreamtime, even God. The most intriguing question she poses is whether humanity's intimacy with technology is making us all blind to what we once were and are truly capable of being."
--Ross Coulthart, author of In Plain Sight: An Investigation into UFOs and Impossible Science
"We are schooled by D.W. Pasulka in two seemingly contradictory truths: the UFO phenomenon is riven with disinformation and distortion, and the UFO phenomenon is real. Pasulka also explains why it is the experiencers of nonhuman or superhuman intelligence who count, and why the study of religion has the most to say about their altered states and cosmic realizations. Encounters is a model of where we should go from here--into a future beyond our present understandings of the natural and the supernatural, of religion and science. That is the past. This is the future."
--Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of The Superhumanities: Historical Precedents, Moral Objections, New Realities "In Encounters, Dr. D. W. Pasulka continues a deeply profound journey to unravel the UFO mystery and place an empathetic microscope on those who have experienced it. Invisible hands continue to weave an uncharted path for Pasulka as she navigates a maze of government involvement with the UFO topic and the narrative painted between the gaps of uncertainty, while also exploring a very human lens through the scientists, researchers, and experiencers who truly shape the UFO interpretation. While the goal may appear to be a crossing of these paths, Pasulka eloquently proves that sometimes the journey is far more important than the final destination."
--Ryan Sprague, author and podcaster, Somewhere in the Skies "Diana Pasulka brings to the incomplete study of unidentified phenomena the missing parts that make it tick: a subtle, caring way to transcend the rough political and military turmoil that has long disfigured the research; and a formal framework for the spiritual reinterpretation of what the witnesses say. Her book is a staircase to the top level."
--Jacques Vallee, author, scientist, and venture capitalist "In Encounters, Dr. Pasulka offers us a mind-expanding view of what 'contact' means. She explores the role of the paranormal, the invisible and the spiritual as integral parts of the UFO contact experience. She also explores the role of technology and AI as a new form of contact through her fascinating profiles of scientists and innovators. After reading this deeply insightful book, if you aren't surprised by what she reveals, you haven't been paying attention."
--Rizwan Virk, founder of Play Labs @ MIT and author of The Simulation Hypothesis and Wisdom of a Yogi
"If American Cosmic took readers to super-secret crash sites in the desert and off-limits vaults of the Vatican, D. W. Pasulka's new book Encounters takes them on a more inward journey--not ETs in metal ships (although those do hover in the background) but alleged interactions with nonhuman intelligence through dreams, synchronicities, and inspiration. Pasulka's unique brand of erudite but also highly personal ufology humanizes her subject in a way that few other writers nowadays approach. Her cast of characters includes members of the scientific and technological elite, many of whom believe they have interacted with, or continuously interact with, the UFO Phenomenon. Some of her informants work on the forefront of fields like AI and space medicine that are poised to take our own species in new directions in coming years. Like Jacques Vallee at his best, Pasulka is a curious and sympathetic guide to her subjects' dreamtimes, speculations, and spiritual landscapes."
--Eric Wargo, author of Time Loops and Precognitive Dreamwork and the Long Self
"Diana Pasulka shifts the paradigm on what contact with nonhuman intelligences can mean and the social impacts it can have. She offers us a subtle, sensitive, and deeply knowledgeable depiction of the lives and worlds of people who have had experiences associated with UFOs. Particularly intriguing is the way she weaves Plato's Allegory of the Cave throughout her narrative to illuminate various facets of the UFO phenomenon and speak to the esoteric knowledges at the core of contact with nonhuman intelligences. Pasulka shows us how the experiencers may be more relevant to our potential technological and spiritual futures than we have realized."
--Hussein Ali Agrama, PhD., Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago Praise for American Cosmic:
"[Pasulka] approaches UFO believers with an open mind in her irresistible debut . . . [and] gives wonderful, entertaining insight into the curious study of UFOs." -- Publishers Weekly "A thought-provoking book about religion today." --Booklist