There has been much speculation about the vision astronaut Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) experiences in Alfonso Cuarón's gripping new sci-fi film Gravity. There should be no doubt: It is a classic sensed presence experience, not unlike the real-life encounter on Mir by U.S. astronaut Jerry Linenger.
Here is an interesting piece by Esther Zuckerman in The Atlantic: Can We Talk About the End of 'Gravity'?
In the piece (this is your spoiler alert) Zuckerman speculates about several hallucinations, or possible hallucinations in the new blockbuster film Gravity. What is missing from the speculation is the obvious explanation: The Bullock character experiences the Angel Effect when she encounters George Clooney's resurrected character Matt Kowalski.
Some interpret the scene as simply the…
This is a fascinating new case of the third man phenomenon, an angel aiding a crash victim, and calming first responders at a Missouri car accident scene.
A special thanks to Pat Frascogna for sending me the link to the following report, from a Catholic website, which includes a video news report of the case, as well as a detailed account with some analysis from a Roman Catholic prespective. See also the report at Catholic Online by clicking here.
Here is the text from the account:
Miracle in Missouri: Mysterious Priest Appears at Accident Scene, Prays for Healing and Disappears
Good Morning America has also featured The Third Man Factor, follow the link below.
The iconic national US morning show, ABC's Good Morning America, had a feature report on whether guardian angels exist. See the full video as broadcast on APril 27 2013 by chicking HERE.
Links for the ABC Nightline investigation of guardian angels, report and interview by Jay Schadler.
Here's the link to the video of the interview with John Geiger and feature report on ABC's Nightline about The Third Man Factor. The story is called 'Do Guardian Angels Exist?'
Video link HERE
The transcript of the feature, titled 'Do Guardian Angels Exist? Investigating Our Invisible Companion' , by Jay Schadler and Harry Phillips, is HERE.
Please note that due to scheduling changes the interview with John Geiger about The Third Man Factor has been changed to ABC's NIGHTLINE this evening. It will be rebroadcast on Good Morning America, although that date has not been set.
John Geiger will be on ABC's Nightline this Friday (April 26), speaking about his book The Third Man Factor with Emmy Award-winning journalist and adventurer Jay Schadler.
Jay Schadler conducted a very detailed intervie on the subject of the sensed presence, and the debate about its cause and origins, on ABC's legendary newsmagazine Nightline. Itis the first time that a major U.S. network has tackled the subject, and Schadler was the perfect interviewer as he demonstrated a great knowledge and interest. Watch Nightline if you can!
The much-anticipated sequel to The Third Man Factor will be published in September in Canada by HarperCollins and October in the United States by Weinstein. UK and other editions to follow. Be the first to receive a copy of The Angel Effect, preorder at Barnes & Noble or at Amazon.
Do "angels" exist? If so, are they heaven-sent or products of the human brain? After the publication of The Third Man Factor, which examined the phenomena of explorers who found themselves at the edge of death and experienced a benevolent presence that led them out of the impossible, John Geiger was inundated with first-hand accounts from people who had the same experience in their daily lives-an invisible, vivid presence that aided them as they faced stresses ranging from physical and sexual…
The latest plot twist in AMC's blockbuster zombie series The Walking Dead has Rick experiencing a vision of his dead wife, Lori. Many reports about the episode, titled "The Suicide King", use words like "madness", or "hallucinating" or "crazy" to describe Rick's vision. In fact, he's not becoming unhinged. He's having a third man experience. The question is whether the writers for the series, generally excellent, have figured that out.
At the conclusion of the February 9 2013 episode of AMC's zombie series The Walking Dead, Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln) comes face to face with an apparition of his late wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), who died in childbirth during an earlier episode. Much of the analysis around this latest plot twist in the blockbuster zombie series is that it's evidence that Rick is becoming unhinged. Look at this exchange during an interview with Robert Kirkman, executive producer of the TV series,…
Interesting piece in the Roman Catholic publication, Our Sunday Visitor, arguing that the Third Man factor is, in fact, a manifestation of guardian angels. The Third Man Factor discusses this possibility, along with neurological explanations. Read an excerpt from the Our Sunday Visitor piece below.
Extract from "The mysterious 'Third Man' in Our Sunday Visitor:
Mike Aquilina, author of " Angels of God: The Bible, the Church, and the Heavenly Hosts " is quoted as saying, while he doesn't dismiss a neurological explanation for at least some of the stories in Geiger's book, he also believes that the Third Man phenomenon might be more readily explained by a quick survey of what the Church teaches about angels. "In general, the stories Geiger recounts seem to conform with what we know about…
Australian Geographic has featured The Third Man Factor in a piece titled, "An adventurer's guardian angel: the third man", written by Alasdair McGregor. The piece is summarized in its subtitle: "Pushed to the brink of exhaustion, lone adventurers are known to seek solace from a surprising source - themselves."
Here is an interesting excerpt from the feature by Alasdair McGregor in the Sept 20 Australian Geographic:
Since the syndrome was first clinically documented in the 1940s, psychologists have postulated various triggers and explanations ranging from sensory deprivation, extreme fatigue and boredom, to an evolutionary adaptation. If one person can summon up a benevolent presence while others are incapable of such a thing, then the psychological comfort may give a boost in the survival stakes.
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