Paola Harris: Science Meets Spirituality - A Conversation with Dr. Edgar Mitchell

It has been my privilege recently to write an Italian introduction to Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell's book The Way of the Explorer.It will be released by Edizioni Verdechiaro. Metaphysics and science meet in a wonderful literary work, a treat for the people of Italy. It is the creation of a new philosophy called which Dr. Mitchell calls Quantum Cosmology.

Dr. Mitchell in Wikipedia

The Way of the Explorer is fascinating book because it combines the exploration of Metaphysics with its application to scientific principles. It also speaks about the intensely spiritual epiphany Dr. Mitchell experienced on his 1971 Apollo 14 space voyage to the moon. He often explains it as a feeling of “oneness” with the Cosmos. What is more interesting is that this book details Dr. Mitchell’s search for the psychic connection to reality because it described his research at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) with Uri Geller and other gifted psychics and healers, often funded by the CIA.

The book is the telling of a journey, a search for truth, one that most of us researchers can recognize. Mitchell's interests include consciousness and paranormal phenomena. During the Apollo 14 flight, he conducted private ESP experiments with his friends on Earth. In early 1973, he founded the nonprofit Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) to conduct and sponsor research into areas that mainstream science has found unproductive, including consciousness research and psychic events. This was all part of pioneering research in theoretical physics .

The creation of the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS) is perhaps Edgar Mitchell’s greatest contribution to the world. People from every state and all over the world flock to the stimulating lectures presented by noted scientists, philosophers and researchers. IONS is the integration of science, spirituality and the return to ancient wisdom.

Today, Edgar Mitchell is a hero, not because he was an astronaut who walked on the moon but because he has a muti-dimensional vision of reality. He has great sense of integrity and he is for us, in the UFO community, one of the only former NASA employees to call for truth and transparency by exposing the anomalies seen by astronauts in Space. He is quoted as saying "I think I’ve reached the point that I‘m convinced enough of the reality of the Extraterrestrial presence and I’m not going to deny it and shy away from it.. It is time to open this up to the public.” Consequently, Dr Mitchell has become a courageous spokesman for disclosure. He is calling for the end of secrecy to UFO cover-up, a call for the United States to release information and its UFO files on Roswell.

He is one of a rare breed. He is one of those wise men with unconventional wisdom that surpasses the confining boundaries of scientific research. It is obvious that he is honest and wants this planet and the human species to progress on an evolutionary path to enlightenment and love. What is most amazing about his book, The Path of the Explorer, is that he stresses the "paranormal component to scientific research", that which the late Dr.J.Allen Hyneck,often referred to as the godfather of Ufology, told us never to overlook while searching for answers to the UFO enigma.It is all connected in the quantum equation.

Dr. Mitchell’s search for truth has launched him on a journey, a rainbow of visions of how mankind can evolve, of how mankind can reach his highest potential, of how mankind can transcend his own limitations to become an evolved species, maybe one that can be worthy of a place in the galactic neighborhood. He adds that there was a metaphysical, non-local communication or mental tie with most of our human functions. Mitchell says that “non-locality”, also called “entanglement” of particles in theoretical physics, may explain many of our mysteries today. There is a oneness to our reality. There is a oneness to our Universe. We are dealing with a difficult process here.

The main problem is that we, as an Earth civilization, have not come to understand ourselves or see ourselves in a cosmic sense at all. We are still very provincial. We fight over religion, but in the inner core of all of them, these religions talk about qualities like Love and Brotherhood. It’s the cultural differences that cause the divisions. It is not an intrinsic difference. The transcendent experience is common to every culture in the world" and the transcendent experience is Brotherly Love, Nature, Harmony, the Unity. Cultures, in trying to define it, try to define an external deity as opposed to the actual process. Dr. Mitchell states:

"Our knowledge base is incomplete. All we do is keep adding to our knowledge base. We are moving into a direction of quantum cosmology, which originates from several quantum processes defined as quantum fluctuations within a zero-point field. It can start the process that builds the process, which builds into matter, which is irreversible in nature."

In November, this book will become a gift to the Italian people and to to future generations who can piece together the puzzle of life by joining science, quantum mechanics, consciousness and spiritual evolution together.Finally, Dr. Mitchell says all ignorance is based on our egos. It is the unwillingness to go beyond the ego. Transcendence moves us beyond ego. If we go beyond the ego, we see all of this in a more decent perspective and we can start to put all pieces together. It is a shame that we haven’t done this yet as a civilization. In due course, this is what needs to happen in order to survive. That is where the philosophic, the whole notion of determinism and what the future is, makes changing our reality important. We are creating a future. He believes that it is not cast in stone. The power of Edgar Mitchell’s words, of his incredible wisdom, of his creative spirit will inspire the reader of this book towards new understanding of our world and an effort to help create a sustainable, abundant future in oneness and cosmic harmony.

Read more about Dr. Mitchell here!


Dear colleagues.

The Brazilian Air Force commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier Juniti Saito (equivalent to 4-stars General), has just given a major step to openly recognize the UFO Phenomena as serious and worthy of immediate actions in Brazil. Saito, a very respected man by the current Federal Administration, issued a public statement regulating how UFO reports should be handled in Brazil, by whom and what destination should they have.

Brazil must be the first country in the world to have such measure published in its official journal, called Diário Oficial da União, which is openly public and records every and all acts taken by our Administration, its agencies and entities. The document was published Tuesday, August 10 and can be read below translated into English.

This is a great example of how a public campaign such as UFOs: Freedom of Information Now, conducted by the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) through the Brazilian UFO Magazine, can make things happen. The actual measure by Lieutenant-Brigadier Saito is a direct result of the campaign, following several others, such as the release of thousands of pages of UFO secret documents and hundreds of photos, including material of the Operation Saucer.

See more information here:

1,300 New pages of formerly secret UFO documents surface in Brazil

There is a real commotion in the Brazilian UFO Community at this moment, as it has achieved much more than it could expect in its most optimistic dreams. Even the over 300 members of the Brazilian UFO Magazine are completely surprised by what happened. According to the official release, military should register and forward UFO occurrences to the National Archives, the final destination of UFO.


It is yet to be determined if the reports of UFO occurrences made all over the last three or four decades of Brazilian official involvement with the phenomena are included, or just the most recent ones. Also, if the reported cases that have been officially investigated by the Brazilian Air Force and its agencies are also included, as well as the results of such investigations. It is widely known that the country had several departments at the Brazilian Air Force designed to document and research UFO activity, as reported by the Brazilian UFO Magazine.

Also, in a recent exclusive interview to the publication, Lieutenant-Brigadier José Carlos Pereira, former commander of the Brazilian Airspace Defense Command, has declared that there are tons of official documents produced by the Brazilian Air Force over the last decades, and that he determined that all data was digitalized and inserted in a huge databank. Pereira was also responsible for elaborating a complete new form to be filled by civilian and military pilots when they see UFOs in the country. “There are hundreds of such forms”.

By regulating the way that military should handle UFO reports, especially those coming from air traffic control and aviation personnel, as stated in the official journal, the Brazilian Air Force practically recognizes the materiality of the UFO Phenomena, as it was recently declared by a few other top military, such as Lieutenant-Brigadier Sócrates Monteiro, former minister of Air Force, and Pereira itself, among many others, in exclusive interviews given to the Brazilian UFO Magazine and reported worldwidely.

Some of the astounding declarations made by these men can be read here:

"All UFO secrets must be disclosed", says Brazilian top military

Brazil's former Air Force minister makes statements about UFOs

More sources of Brazilian military information achieved by the Brazilian UFO Magazine:

Another Brazilian military officer reveals UFO investigation, observation and physical evidence

Retired Lieutenant-Colonel discloses new revelations on Operation Saucer in the Amazon, 1977


The materiality of the UFO Phenomena by Brazilian military has also been clearly recognized in an official document just recently released to the UFO community through the efforts of the Brazilian UFO Magazine named 'Occurrence Report' and related to what is called 'Official UFO Night in Brazil', when 21 spherical objects, estimated 100 meters in diameter – according to military sources – literally jammed air traffic over the major Brazilian airports, when several Mirage and F5 jets scrambled to pursue them for hours.

In its Final Considerations section, the 'Occurrence Report' reads: “As a conclusion of the observed facts in almost all presentations, it is the opinion of this Command that the phenomenon is solid and reflects intelligence by its capacity to follow and sustain distance from the observers, as well as to fly in formation, and are not necessarily manned craft”. Again, “the phenomenon is solid and reflects intelligence”;

See the report here:

Brazilian military document confirms UFOs "Solid and Under Intelligent Control"

The document 'Occurrence Report' in PDF file and in English:


This is a major breakthrough to all UFO researchers and especially to the Brazilian UFO Community, as it may open a precedent in the Continent and other areas of the planet to other countries do the same. We at the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) are all very glad to say that the official recognition of the seriousness of the UFO Phenomena and the need of proper handling the reports is a result of the campaign UFOs: Freedom Of Information Now, started in 2004 and widely announced both domestically and internationally.

There aren’t many countries in the world today – if any – that had its military taken such a bold and unprecedented decision on a public basis, in a public record. It is always good to remember that Brazil was also the first country in the world to officially admit the UFO Phenomena, back in the 50s, when colonel João Adil de Oliveira made a clear statement at the Superior School of War, in Rio de Janeiro, assuming that the investigation of the nature and manifestation of UFOs should be of immediate concern of the Brazilian military.

Towards all these years, many Brazilian UFO researchers have done their best to make the UFO Phenomena worthy of public credibility and acknowledged by the authorities, and I am very pleased to say that it has just happened in a very solid way. This generation of UFO researchers, all belonging to the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) and to the Brazilian UFO Magazine, inspired and following the example of our pioneers, are making things happen.

Let's celebrate.

A. J. Gevaerd
Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine

Former coordinator, Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU)

National Director, Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)
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