Monday, October 29, 2012
Paradigm Symposium 2012
It's hard to believe that the Paradigm Symposium has come and gone. Sometimes, on rare occasions, an event not only lives up to its hype, but breaks the barriers and goes beyond its intended potential. Such was the case in Minneapolis, MN this October.
The brainchild of Scotty Roberts and Micah Hanks, publishers of Intrepid magazine, the Paradigm Symposium 2012 was a gathering of alternative thinkers and scholars from around the globe. Featuring well known figures of Ancient Alien studies, the symposium had a star studded lineup.
Even from the start, it seemed that those in attendance sensed that something special was happening. And it was. Well beyond the lecture hall and vendor area, the depth of the conference and the connections that people were making could be seen and felt. The restaurant, bar and atrium all stayed busy till the wee hours each night.
More than one person commented about the accessibility of the speakers. One could wander about and chat with Philip Coppens, see Giorgio Tsoukalos (and his hair) or catch Dr. John Ward levitating a cup of coffee. (a paradigm joke)
By Sunday, it was evident that many people simply didn't want to leave, not wanting the magic to end.
No doubt there were glitches, every conference has some, but Scotty, Micah and their excellent group of volunteers made sure that things continued without a hitch.
Roberts and Hanks were a constant presence, though usually they were darting about like a pair of hummingbirds, ensuring that everyone was receiving the nectar of knowledge. Judging by the overwhelming positive response, there were successful in their goals, causing us all to 'Think' at a hopefully deeper level.
For those who missed it, I'm truly sorry for you and I encourage you to do all you can to attend next year's event. Yes, that's correct, plans are already underway for the Paradigm Symposium to return in 2013. Frankly, I expect it to be even better.