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About This Show
When it comes to unexplained phenomena, it is just that. Unexplained. We try to approach this from as many different ways as possible, and to throw out the assumptions that have driven research for a very long time. These strange experiences people have, no matter what you want to label or catagorize them as, are real in some way. They have been reported throughout history and across cultures. If nothing else, they are a very Human experience. None of the theories we have may even come close to divining what we are actually experiencing, if they did, we would have some answers. We do not know what Reality is, what life or death are, or truly why we are here. We do know that our senses filter much out, and our memories do not work like we think they do. New approaches are needed if we are ever to make any progress at all in understanding what we are interacting with. Some of that comes from understanding ourselves, and some of that comes from having a truly open mind in confronting those things that defy explanation. We need new eyes, perspectives, and better questions. That is the goal of Where Did the Road Go? To go places that have not been tread before, and explore new things from new angles. To leave the well worn road, and wander...
Seriah hosts Greg Bishop, Red Pill Junkie (who maybe should now be known as Miguel-angelo), Joshua Cutchin, and Taylor Bell to discuss a very unique artistic project (in which Susan Demeter is also involved). Topics include Tarot, UFOlogy, Josef Allen Hynek, Jacques Vallée, Bob Lazar, Betty and Barney Hill, Whitley Strieber, synchronicity and serendipity in art, playfulness and enjoyment in UFOlogy, paranormal/occult/esoteric integration, open mindedness, "The Key", secret information in art, alchemical imagery, "Forbidden Knowledge" and "Forbidden Science", Grimerica podcast, "The Four Elements of Financial Alchemy: A New Formula for Personal Prosperity" by Jacque Vallee, magical squares, Pennsylvania German folk magick, "The Long Lost Friend", anagrams and the information they contain, the artistic process, gazing into the UFO abyss..., and much more! This is a special episode about a truly unique project!
Seriah welcomes Joshua Cutchin and Taylor Bell. Engaging discussion ensues, focusing around the hands-on techniques involved in doing paranormal research and content-creation. Topics include citing sources, the "paranormal web" of connected subjects, Indo-European horse sacrifice, choosing and narrowing topics, communicating to audiences with varying levels of knowledge, endnotes, spoken vs. written material, witness testimony, evaluating sources, bibliography requirements, apocryphal stories, multiple pillars of support for researching a paranormal topic, authenticity, Graham Hancock, accessing library and archival resources, locating the context of a quote, "Communion" and the Gray Face, serendipitous book finds, speculative non-fiction, high strangeness, reports from Eastern Europe circa the collapse of the Soviet empire, examining subjective experiences, replicating themes in paranormal reports, mytho-poetic similarities, post-modernism, gnosis, the real/unreal binary, the Fortean concept of societal dominants, Terrence McKenna, "Timewave Zero", 2012, 2016, acceleration of societal change, Yuga cycle, cyclical change vs. evolutionary progress, reincarnation, Darwinism, memory palaces, monuments in America vs. Ireland, fate and effort, tantra, changing book prices online, manipulation of "best seller" status, algorithms, problems with consumer polling, internet privacy dangers, online image searching, crowdsourcing, "Don't F*ck With Cats", internet-driven vigilantism, SWATing, alien-human hybrids, recognizing biases, Star Wars, pre-incarnation memories and memories of time spent unborn, reptilians, an anthropological approach to the paranormal, underground bases and underground Fairy Folk, conspiracy theories and their origins, "gazing into the abyss", the economic realities of an artistic career, creative destruction, societal effects of the pandemic, practical advice for would-be creative producers, and much more! This is an engrossing conversation between three very different artists immersed in the paranormal!
Seriah hosts Joshua Cutchin and Red Pill Junkie. A wide-ranging discussion ensues. Topics include phenomenology, "making the cut", Jeffrey Kripal, non-judgmental research without getting stuck on the true/false dichotomy, the importance of broad trends in the paranormal vs. singular incidents, recurring motifs and archetypes in the paranormal and folklore, efforts to purge serious study of the paranormal of falsehoods, Roswell, phenomena appearing in fiction before being experienced by witnesses, the imaginal vs. the imaginary, Betty and Barney Hill, "The Outer Limits", co-creation, dogmatic skepticism, morphogenic field theory, medieval European explorers' descriptions of distant animals, psi research, Anjali, fakery and scams in the paranormal community, George Adamski, George P. Hansen, the concept of a gray basket, "Dr. Jonathan Reed" and his screaming alien, Steven Greer, shamans and sleight of hand, ritual in medicine, folk remedies, the power of belief, Edgar Cayce, Stanley Krippner, Patrick Harpur, non-physical entities leaving physical effects, synchronicities, Jung's "plum pudding synchronicity", Josh's most intense personal synchronicity, a fascinating deep dive into Travis Walton's abduction story and ongoing controversies (including a similar story from France in the 1500's), and more. This is highly interesting discussion between three aficionados of the strange with great chemistry!
Seriah is joined by Alex Matsuo and Joshua Cutchin. Free-ranging discussion ensues. Topics include ghost hunting, personal experiences, Kenneth Ring, trauma as a factor in paranormal experiences, NDEs, George P. Hansen, paranormal interest as a search for re-enchantment, Pennsylvania weirdness, seances, "believing skepticism", Brian Bates, actors as shamans, Fiona Shaw, Jungian psychology, Gettysburg, Devil's Den, "window areas", Alex's new how-to book on ghost hunting, experiences in a haunted theatre, SPR, psi communication between military personnel, Christian vs. Pagan views on the paranormal, the existence of demons, Alex's possible OBE/NDE connected to an "attached" human spirit, cross-cultural beliefs in human souls becoming other types of entities, unnoticed paranormal encounters, Bridget Cleary and the abuse of Fae / changeling lore, and much more!
Seriah is joined by Red Pill Junky and Joshua Cutchin. A rollicking discussion ensues. Topics include government UFO disclosure, the upcoming official report to Congress, Robert Bigelow, the apparently shot-down Russian Mars probe, Soviet government paranormal research, the Humanoid Database, Latin-American UFO phenomena, Magical Realism, Dream Logic, altered states of consciousness, multiple dimensions as a form of the "the other world", inter-dimenionality/ultraterrestrials, Greg Bishop, Laird Scanton, the paranormal as an effect of our limited senses, the pineal gland and DMT, materialism vs. spirituality, economic inequality and societal expectations, co-creation of the paranormal, Fae and technology, robots as ghost hunters, Jeff Ritzman [RIP] on AI, Martian Canals, the Moon as artificial creation, Electric Universe Theory, Dark Matter's scientific theories, and much more!
This collection is all from shows from 2017 with Jeff, and includes Keeping your Sanity dealing with the Fringe, and Why Paranormal Groups Fail with Greg Bishop, How Belief can work as a Gateway for the Paranormal along with Wren Collier, and a show on the UFO Encounter at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe back in 1994. That show is also with Joshua Cutchin. There is also a clip from the one time Jeff was on Strange Familiars as part of a collection of UFO encounter stories.
Seriah hosts Joshua Cutchin and Morgan Daimler in a rollicking discussion that begins with Fairies and UFOs and goes- seemingly everywhere! Topics include: "Fairies are Aliens/Aliens are Fairies" ideas, interdimensonality, extradimensionality, the power of names, Fairies piloting craft, Fairies in pop culture/reflections of pop culture, co-creation, Fairy taxonomy (Brownies, Elves, etc.), Bigfoot and other cryptids as Fairies, Technology vs. Magic and Magic vs. Technology, Technology from other worlds, Time perceptions, Liminality, "Extinct Race Hypothesis", "Birth Memory Hypothesis", Fairy abductions, Supernatural vs. Paranormal vs. Rare, Cultural Biases in Perceptions, Interactions between Fairies and the dead, and migration of Fairies internationally. Also, both guests share fascinating personal experiences. This is a conversation not to be missed!
Jeff Ritzmann passed away on February 24, 2021. He was a good friend, and brilliant artist, and thinker on the paranormal, who also had a lifetime of experiences. In the next couple weeks I will be posting all his appearances on Where Did the Road Go?. This first compilation is from his first appearance back in June of 2016, including the Patreon segment. Then the show we did that started on Project Archivist, and ended on a live edition of Where Did the Road Go?. Jeff will be remembered fondly.
Jeffrey David Ritzmann, age 53, of Joppa, Maryland passed away on February 24, 2021 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Maryland. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of Joseph and Jennifer (Kidd) Ritzmann, husband of Lisa (Cullum) Ritzmann and father of Dakota (Cody) Ritzmann. Jeff was a talented artist who loved heavy metal music and Star Wars. He enjoyed playing guitar, movie prop collecting and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Jeff attended Le Millet School of Art and Goucher College's program for gifted artists. In the mid-1990's Jeff started the Maryland chapter of the 501st Star Wars Costuming Group. He had a big heart and was dearly loved by his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, wife and son, Jeff is survived by three brothers and sisters in law, John and Coreen (Cullum) Yox, Ned and Denise (Cullum) Colgan, Tony and Kimberly (Cullum) Gwiazdowski, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents Herman and Edna (Miller) Ritzmann and Earl and Velma (Maxwell) Kidd, and parents-in-law, William L. and Dorothy M. (Jones) Cullum.
Contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association - Maryland, 217 E. Redwood Street, 23rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.