July 3rd, 2022
I am pleased to announce the second edition of The Borders of Normal is now available. There is new material on a wide variety of topics, including telepathy, visualization, deathbed visions, and psychedelic drug research, as well as an updated and expanded bibliography.
Purchase Here

January 20, 2022
Open Mic, Bill's Showcase: Thank to Bill Arnott for hosting the open mic, Bill's Showcase, on Jan. 20, 2022. I read from my book The Borders of Normal. A good time was had by all.

January 6th, 2022
My interview is included in Alex Pearl's new book 100 Ways to Write a Book. Alex interviewed 100 authors from around the Globe - U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, Israel, Sri Lanka, New Zealand - about their backgrounds, motivations, and working methods, from self-published newbies to award-winning bestsellers. I feel honoured to be included. The book is available at Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to PEN International.

January 4th, 2022
Here is my letter-to-the-editor of The Globe and Mail
Cosmic contemplation
Re A Telescope To Answer: Are We Alone? (Editorial, Dec. 30): A recent editorial directed our attention to the skies, where the James Webb Space Telescope, launched on Christmas Day, will probe the beginnings of the universe. In a subsequent letter (This Blue Orb Letters, Dec. 31), on the other hand, a reader tells us not to look up; rather, we should look down, at our increasingly ruined Earth. The argument reminds me of the much-discussed 2021 movie Don’t Look Up, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Mark Rylance, a satirical take on our dangerous and willful neglect of the climate crisis. Should we, as a species, look up or look down? I think we can do both.
Manuel Matas, Winnipeg

December 7th, 2021
Here is my letter-to-the-editor of The Globe and Mail concerning the British monarchy.
Rihanna republic
Re As Barbados Heads Toward A Republic, Some Wonder Why It Matters (Online, Nov. 28): It matters because Barbadians want their head of state to be Barbadian. Similarly, a majority of Canadians want our head of state to be Canadian: A 2020 Ipsos poll showed 53 per cent of Canadians want to sever ties with the British monarchy after Queen Elizabeth dies. One by one, former British colonies are shedding their colonial shackles. Canada should be next.
Manuel Matas, Winnipeg

August 31st, 2021
Many thanks to Alex Pearl for a great interview. I enjoyed it. Hope you do too.

August 17th, 2021
It was my great pleasure to be interviewed on NDE Radio sponsored by the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Lee is a charming interviewer.

May 25th, 2021
Interview with Camilla Downs
Many thanks to Camilla for the great interview. It was posted today on Meetingtheauthors.com

May 25th, 2021
The Miramichi Reader "The Very Best" Book Awards 2021
I was thrilled to learn The Borders of Normal was longlisted for The Miramichi Reader "The Very Best" Book Awards 2021 in the nonfiction category.

May 20, 2021
Yesterday I participated in an open mic Zoom event hosted by Bill Arnott, bestselling author and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. As the event was sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, I gave readings from two chapters in my book, The Borders of Normal, which start with quotes from famous poets. One was Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The chapter title is: "All experience is an arch: Empiricism vs. Rationalism". The other reading was from the chapter titled "Stone walls do not a prison make: A New Reality."
This quote is from a poem written by Richard Lovelace in 1642 called "To Althea, from Prison". The often-quoted first line of the poem:
Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.

May 17th, 2021
Quote of the Day:
"Parallel lives? Not always parallel. Some are more . . . perpendicular."
Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

April 19th, 2021
BookViral Review of The Borders of Normal
The Book Viral reviewer called The Borders of Normal "A grounded read. . . fascinating. . . well presented and highly thought provoking. . . will challenge the most skeptical amongst us. . . highly recommended."

April 12th, 2021
Open Mic Zoom Event:
I shared The Borders of Normal at an online Zoom event sponsored by The Writers Union of Canada on April 7, 2021. Many thanks to our convivial host, author Bill Arnott, whose highly anticipated new book, Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries, will be released this Fall. It is a sequel to his beloved bestseller Gone Viking: A Travel Saga.

April 12th, 2021
A new review from online book club:
4 out of 4 stars. "A fascinating book. For a subject matter as vast and controversial as this, being able to put forward a logical and credible analysis with clarity and brevity is no mean feat. I couldn’t help smiling as I read along."
– Jachike Samuelson

March 4th, 2021
Here is the link to my letter to the editor in today's Globe and Mail.
Some kudos
Re Sensational (Letters, March 3): A letter-writer finds that the Senate is "finally acting with greater independence and less partisanship." Perhaps it’s time to give some credit to our beleaguered Prime Minister. If the Senate is more independent and less partisan, I have no doubt there is a direct link to Justin Trudeau’s Senate reforms, whereby he turned his back on patronage appointments and instead appointed highly qualified independent senators.
Manuel Matas, Winnipeg

February 28th, 2021
Nocturnal Frequency Radio interview
Many thanks to hosts Alex Rondini and Steve Genier for the great interview on their internet radio show Nocturnal Frequency Radio. Much appreciated.
Listen Here

February 12th, 2021
Quote of the Day:
"My first act of free will is to believe in free will."
William James, father of American psychology

February 6th, 2021
Here is my letter-to-the-editor of the Globe and Mail. It is about the French version of O Canada. It is the last letter on the page, under the heading The Remix.

I no longer feel like a voice in the wilderness. I’ve been saying the same thing about the anthem for years, if not decades, to anyone who would listen, including The Globe and Mail (Not Everyone’s Cross To Bare – Letters, Nov. 19, 2008).
Manuel Matas, Winnipeg

February 1st, 2021
Here is a link to the Survival Research Institute of Canada January 2021 newsletter which contains a brief essay I wrote on life-after-death research.

January 4th, 2021
Ghostly Visitors:
A hospice patient reports ghostly visitor. The Washington Post 2021-01-02

January 4th, 2021
Quote of the Day:
"Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past."
James Joyce

December 26th, 2020
"Properties of Consciousness" essay at Medium.com
Here is a link to my brief (2,174 word) essay on the properties of consciousness.

December 26th, 2020
I was a Finalist in the 2020 Canadian Portrait Competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of Canada. Winners were announced on Dec. 20, 2020. I did not win the competition but it was an honour to be a Finalist. My entry was Ariadne, a coloured pencil and pastel 10.5" x 12.5" drawing on paper. She is in my Portrait Gallery.

December 2nd, 2020
I just found out that I am a Finalist in the 2020 Canadian Portrait Competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of Canada. If you want to vote for me go to www.portraitsociety.ca and vote for #14, Ariadne. Thanks!

November 25th, 2020
Quote of the Day:
"The words of the world want to make sentences."
Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (1884 - 1962)

November 21st, 2020
Here is the playlist for my class last week at the McNally Robinson Community Classroom.

1. Spirit in the Sky, Norman Greenbaum
2. Take Me To Church, Hozier
3. By the Rivers of Babylon, Boney M
4. Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There is a Season), Judy Collins
5. Happy, Pharrell Williams
6. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, The Hollies
7. Whither Thou Goest, Leonard Cohen
8. We Shall Overcome, Pete Seeger
Add-ons:
1. Oh Very Young, Cat Stevens
2. Ghost Dance, Robbie Robertson

November 12th, 2020
Great review from Bill Arnott, The Miramichi Reader

November 11th, 2020
The Superstitious Times article:
Thanks to Brian Baker for the great interview.

November 3rd, 2020
Here is the link to my Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 31, 2020
Re On/Off (Letters, Oct. 29):
A letter-writer is tired of criticism of government officials for not wearing masks because, after all, we’re all human and make mistakes. That’s true, but there will be a lot fewer of us humans around after the pandemic, if our leaders don’t show more leadership.
The case in point was Health Minister Patty Hajdu being photographed maskless at the airport. But many other politicians have also been photographed maskless or not physical distancing, including Jason Kenney, Brian Pallister, Erin O’Toole, Andrew Scheer and Ontario MPP Sam Oosterhoff. These politicians should be setting an example, not prolonging the pandemic.
Manuel Matas, Winnipeg

October 28th, 2020
Review of The Borders of Normal by Gary Ratson, MD
Borders of Normal: A clinical psychiatrist destigmatizes paranormal phenomena
Who else but a psychiatrist with lifelong premonitions and visions has the credibility and the understanding to normalize the so-called paranormal experience? Bringing a scientific objectivity to subjective curiosities, Dr Matas accomplishes his goal to destigmatize and reassure readers—you are hardly alone.

Side by side historical accounts of philosopher mystics is the decades of research into the variety of psychic phenomena at prestigious medical institutions for those inclined to pursue. Interwoven are the good doctor’s personal synchronicities that play out over years to endear the reader. Even more entertaining are the celebrity anecdotes showing the influence of lucid dreams and telepathy on popular culture. The author himself becomes part of the movies, songs, and books as they reveal answers to his own bewildering insights that read like a screenplay.

The reader is blessed with a front row seat to the author’s unique sensitivities that no doubt provided comfort to patients. His biology/psychology background brings context and coherence to a fascinating range of what can be disturbing metaphysical trauma. Dabbling in psychedelics for healing or personal growth; traumatic and spontaneous near-death and out-of-body experience; extreme spiritual practice and organic brain disease can all trigger hallucinations that are misunderstood. Matas’ integral approach to body, mind, emotion, and spirit respects the full human experience.

This theme of balance permeates the pages to honor the partial truths in the age-old mind body debates, rationalism versus idealism, and harsh skeptics against all-in believers always careful to avoid glamorizing or sensationalizing. In spite of his own intimate knowledge—the intellect alone cannot solve the riddle of mind—the author trusts the reader to make up his own mind in her own time.

The historic frequency of verified psychic phenomena compel the reader to consider the commonality of various anomalies no matter the trigger. What appears supernatural may well be our natural inheritance. Mysterious insights infer collective information fields that bleed through into mundane life when conditions are favorable. Deliberate steps toward unity consciousness as taught by the masters may be the ultimate assurance of sanity, but for losing your mind to find the Mind. Until then, this book will guide reader to confidently embrace and navigate the way home.

October 27th, 2020
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, Laurie London
Laurie London was 13 when he recorded this 1927 spiritual in 1957. It was a #1 hit.

October 24th, 2020
Bill Arnott's review for The Miramichi Reader
"As an experienced psychiatrist, Dr. Manuel Matas is very familiar with the science of the human brain—as well as the possibilities that exist beyond the known borders of consciousness. He has never been a classic rationalist, as he himself has experienced phenomena that defy logic and the explanations of Western medicine. In The Borders of Normal, Dr. Matas reveals just how accepted (and studied) many of these phenomena are, providing a compelling overview of influential thinkers who have, over the years, recognized events and experiences that fall outside the realm of current scientific thought. As a proponent of a nuanced, respectful approach that lies between belief and scepticism, Dr. Matas helps us to view paranormal experiences as normal and indeed endemic to the human species, for it is in this space of the unknown that we may learn more about ourselves, each other, and the bodies and worlds that we inhabit.
Manny Matas is a friend of mine. So when I re-read The Borders of Normal not simply for pleasure and interest but as a reviewer, I felt an obligation to do so with an intensely critical eye. I refuse to write a flattering fluff piece for a pal. But the more I read (and re-read) Doctor Matas’ work, the more I find myself unable to criticize this psychiatrist’s treatise. This is in exceptionally well researched book, approached with the meticulous care of expertise—each story shared, each fact, each speculation and leap of metaphysical faith approached with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel—each cut designed not only to open or explore, but engage, enlighten, and ultimately heal.
The Borders of Normal deals with the field of study known as meta-psychiatry (literally: “beyond psychiatry”). Meta-psychiatry represents the confluence of psychiatry with spirituality and metaphysics, which is the philosophy of being and knowing.
Perhaps somewhere on that alternate, parallel or tangential plane, Manny and I first met, or encountered. Our initial in-person introduction felt remarkably comfortable. Familiar even. It could be the result of his hailing from Winnipeg—my dad’s hometown—a place of personal kinship. Or it could be that as a layperson intrigued by the field of metaphysics and quantum mechanics I’ve pored through no less than a hundred titles on the subject over the years. In many ways we view the world in a similar manner, open to an awareness of more, occasionally being witness to it and more often than not being open to every experience, irrespective of, at times, the difficulty to fully comprehend it.

With an ease of communication I associate with a truly talented psychiatrist, Doctor Matas guides us through breadths of meta psychiatry, combined with personal experience and in-depth research. This is the most engaging, personal research document I’ve encountered. The book reads easily and feels like a conversation in a relaxed setting, in fact how our first proper visit took place, seated on a sofa, in a chalet-style hotel by a warm, inviting fire.
Until recently, I kept my personal experiences mostly to myself; however, after surviving a life-threatening illness, leukemia; after a successful stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor; and after seeing the angels at my father’s funeral, I decided to go public and share my experiences, in order to fight the stigma surrounding paranormal phenomena that is so prevalent in our society. I wanted people to know that it’s okay to have these experiences and it’s okay to talk about them. It’s perfectly normal. There is no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed. Nor is there any reason to feel proud or special. All in all, it’s simply part of life.
This book left me, as I suspect it will for most readers, with a calm and reassuring sense of optimism. Questions remain unanswered, as they should. Some things, after all, we ought to feel and even know without quantifiable proof. I can’t, after all, definitively prove gravity. And yet we know it to be true. In his epilogue, Matas shares even more, as we learn of his leukemia diagnosis, effectively a slow but inevitable death-sentence, which results in quite the opposite. I had spent decades looking for something and did not find it until I stopped looking."br> Thank you Manny, for sharing your story, and for providing us with a depth of understanding in a field that can be challenging to navigate with topics that remain difficult to share for many. And yet these are the things we should speak of openly. I like to believe The Borders of Normal will give more of us the courage to do so.

October 10th, 2020
Manitoba Psychiatric Association newsletter
Many thanks to Dr. Jim Simm, President of the Manitoba Psychiatric Association, for the nice write-up in the MPA newsletter about my book, The Borders of Normal. Here is the link.

September 15th, 2020
The Borders of Normal is now available in Gimli, Manitoba. Thanks to Lenore Lillian Chartrand, The Borders of Normal is now available at Heaven Scent Flowers & Gifts on 2nd Ave. in Gimli. Check it out.

September 13th, 2020
#1 Amazon Best Seller!
Since my interview with CBC Radio's Tapestry with Mary Hynes was aired on Sept. 6, 2020, The Borders of Normal has been a #1 bestseller on amazon.ca in two categories: Parapsychology and Unexplained Mysteries.

September 1st, 2020
CBC Radio's Tapestry with Mary Hynes
I was honored to discuss my book The Borders of Normal with Canada's legendary, beloved radio host Mary Hynes on her show CBC Radio's Tapestry with Mary Hynes. The interview will air on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2 pm ET, AT, CT (2:30 pm NT), 3 pm PT, 4 pm MT.
If you miss the show, it will be available on a podcast in CBC Archives after the broadcast.

August 12th, 2020
Psilocybin approved for 4 terminally ill Canadians

July 27th, 2020
Quote of the Day:
"Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being."
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

July 26th, 2020
Quote of the Day:
"When a scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; when he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." Arthur C. Clarke, British science writer, science fiction writer, futurist, inventor

July 13th, 2020
In the movie Gaslight (1944), after Brian Cameron (Joseph Cotten) has vanquished Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer), Paula Alquist (Ingrid Bergman) says: "This night will be a long night." Brian (Joseph Cotten) replies: "But it will end. It's starting to clear. In the morning when the sun rises, sometimes it's hard to believe there ever was a night."

June 30th, 2020
My letter-to-the-editor in today's Globe and Mail is a musical analogy for the U.S. election.
A different election soundtrack
Re Which Campaign Will Strike The Right Chord In The U.S. Election? (June 29): Contributor David Shribman says Joe Biden could be compared to the music of Shania Twain, while Donald Trump reminds him of Dean Martin’s 1950s vibe. A more apt avatar for Mr. Biden would be Sade (Smooth Operator); for Mr. Trump, I would suggest Meat Loaf (Bat Out of Hell).
Manuel Matas, Winnipeg

June 25th, 2020
Many thanks to Bill Arnott's Artist Showcase for a delightful, enjoyable interview.
Read here. I met Bill last year at the Whistler Writers Festival. We were both finalists for the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Awards. He was nominated for Gone Viking. I was nominated for The Borders of Normal.

June 17th, 2020
Quote of the Day:
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
Sextus Propertius, Roman poet, 50 - 15 BCE

June 15th, 2020
THE PANGOLIN PANDEMIC PRECLUDES PANGLOSSIAN PERSPECTIVE!
Is this really the best of all possible worlds?
collective diseases of the mind
- Carl Jung

June 3rd, 2020
Quote of the Day:
"We are on guard against contagious diseases of the body but we are careless when it comes to even more dangerous collective diseases of the mind."
Carl Jung, CW 18, para 1301

May 23rd, 2020
"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone"
Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi

May 17th, 2020
Quote of the Day:
"All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream."
Edgar Allen Poe

May 9th, 2020
The word "quarantine" is derived from "quaranta", the Italian word for forty. The quarantine period of forty days was chosen because of multiple references to the number forty in the Bible: the forty days and forty nights of the flood in Genesis: the forty years the Jews wandered in the desert; the forty days of Lent.
The earliest formal quarantines were during the Black Death (1347-1351), which killed about one-third of Europe.

April 19th, 2020
Many thanks to Alex B. for the great Amazon review of my book The Borders of Normal. Much appreciated.
5 out of 5 stars
"The line between normal and paranormal blurs when it comes to the human psyche. What is paranormal and what is normal depends on the level of experience we have with either one. We have more experience with the so called normal hence scientists lend little credence to the paranormal. It's nice when a scientist actually allows room for the paranormal in a very interesting book which I found refreshing. Looking forward to more books in the future! Definitely would recommend!"

April 19th, 2020
"There are three stages of scientific discovery: First, they don't believe it. Then they believe it but they say it's not important. Then they believe it and say it's important but they attribute it to the wrong person."
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

April 14th, 2020
Summertime, Ella Fitzgerald

April 10th, 2020
RIP John Prine
There are so many good songs on this album
- Angel From Montgomery, Illicit Smile, Hello In There, Sam Stone

April 8th, 2020
"There's reason for hope in Canada's coronavirus data"
Andrew Coyne, Globe and Mail, April 8, 2020

March 30th, 2020
Paul Simon An American Tune for Til Further Notice
Listen Here

March 20th, 2020
Here is the link to some positive news about COVID-19

February 29th, 2020
Stellar Review
Many thanks to Angel Meadows for the great interview on her internet radio show "Conversations with Friends". Here is her review of the interview:
Dr Manuel Matas was a wonderful guest, with all his formal education he talks to you and explains so that anyone can understand. He is open minded and understands outside the box thinking and experiences, because he has had many. He talks from experience and education. His book The Borders of Normal is a good read and I highly recommend it. Manuel is welcome back anytime to my show, we seemed to just have scratched the surface.
Darlene (Mama D)
Angel Meadows Radio

February 25th, 2020
Here is the article Michael Shermer published in the Scientific American after an anomalous event shook his skepticism to its core. He was President of the Skeptic Society and Editor of the Skeptic Magazine. He also had a regular column in the Scientific American called "Skeptic."

February 15th, 2020
Quote of the Day:
"Art could be my space-time tunnel connecting me to the Universe."
Cai Guo-Quiang, Chinese artist

February 10th, 2020
Quote of the Day:
"To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
from Auguries of Innocence, William Blake (1757 - 1827)

February 6th, 2020
Recorded Interview for CBC Radio's Tapestry with Mary Hynes
Many thanks to Mary Hynes for a great interview where we discussed my book The Borders of Normal for CBC Radio's Tapestry, a weekly exploration of spirituality, religion and the search for meaning. Mary Hynes is a great host, so warm and focused.
Broadcast Date: TBA

January 30th, 2020
Many thanks to BookViral Reviews for the glowing review of The Borders of Normal, which the reviewer called "compelling" and "highly thought-provoking." Read the full review here.

January 10th, 2020
Truth is stranger than fiction:
James Holzhauer wanted to win $110,914 on Jeopardy because Nov. 9, 2014, is his daughter's birthday. And he did. He holds the record for the largest single-episode winnings.

December 31st, 2019
Paper Chase:
Many thanks to Bob Armstrong and the Winnipeg Free Press for the nice write-up about my book The Borders of Normal in his Dec. 28, 2019, column Paper Chase.

December 27th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"I have a mission. I do not have a timetable."
Nancy Pelosi

December 25th, 2019
RIP Ram Dass
When Ram Dass had a stroke, he said that he didn't have a stroke, his body had a stroke. He didn't identify with his body. He identified with his soul.

November 16th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"Scent lingers on the hands of those who deliver flowers."
Ancient Chinese proverb

November 11th, 2019
Bianca Andreescu - Visualization
Bianca Andreescu, the 19-year-old Canadian tennis phenom, said she visualized her win against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Women's Final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York. She said her mother introduced her to meditation and visualization when she was 12 or 13. She not only pictured herself holding the trophy, she also wrote herself a winner's check. She took home $3.85 million for winning the U.S. Open. She became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam.

November 8th, 2019
One day on a walk, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was kicked unconscious by a horse. When he came to, he found himself in a strange state; it seemed as if the world had no boundaries and he was a speck of consciousness, floating in a vast ocean. This "oceanic feeling" was impersonal; Rousseau felt fused with everything - the earth, the sky, everyone around him. He felt ecstatic and free in that state, which passed quickly yet left a strong impression that haunted him for the rest of his life.

November 7th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"Not everything that counts can be counted."
Albert Einstein

November 4th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"When a scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; when he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
Arthur C. Clarke, British novelist, science fiction writer, science writer, futurist, and inventor.

October 30th, 2019
RIP Elijah Cummings
Quote of the Day:
"In the city of Baltimore, there are over a thousand monuments, and not one monument is erected to memorialize a critic. Every one of those monuments is erected to memorialize one who was severely criticized."

October 26th, 2019
I had a great time at the Whistler Writers Festival where my book The Borders of Normal was a finalist in the nonfiction category. Congratulations to the winners - Tina Martel (nonfiction) for Not In The Pink and Ann Shortell (fiction) for Celtic Knot.
www.independentbookawards.ca/

October 11th, 2019
Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday evening in spite of inclement weather to the class Doug Staley and I taught at the McNally Robinson Community Classroom. Our topic was: "The Integration of Science with Spirituality."
My next class at the Community Classroom will be on May 20, 2020. Topic: "The Psychospirituality of Everyday Life: Spirit in the Sky."
Details to follow.

September 17th, 2019
Thanks to Angel Meadows for a great interview yesterday on her show Conversations with Friends.
If you missed it, it is available on the Archives.

August 8th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"Henceforth space by itself and time by itself are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality."
Hermann Minkowski, Polish-German mathematician, 1908

July 30th, 2019
Metapsychiatry
Dr. Stanley Dean conceptualized metapsychiatry as the base of a pyramid, whose other sides are psychiatry, parapsychology, philosophy, and mysticism. Dr. Dean was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at both the University of Miami and the University of Florida in Gainesville.

July 20th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"The goal of the time traveller must be insight, not intervention."
Joyce Carol Oates

July 17th, 2019
FINALIST
I am happy to report that The Borders of Normal is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Awards. The winners will be announced at the Whistler Writers Festival's Literary Cabaret on Oct. 18, 2019. See you in Whistler!

June 29th, 2019
Robbie Robertson Ghost Dance
Listen Here

June 29th, 2019
Smile!
Quote of the Day: "Be a smile millionaire"
Paramahansa Yogananda, from "Increasing the Power of Initiative" and other lectures.

June 19th, 2019
Nietzsche- those who were seen dancing
Quote of the Day:
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, Latin and Greek scholar (1844 - 1900)

June 21st, 2019
What is truth?
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know" John Keats (1795 - 1821)

June 9th, 2019
100 billion galaxies
There are more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe.

May 29th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"The wise man is never in a hurry."
Aristotle

May 29th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"The past is never dead. It's not even past."
William Faulkner

May 24th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
George Orwell

May 22nd, 2019
The Uncanny
Quote of the Day:
"Experiences that break through our ordinary sense of time often have this element of the uncanny about them."
Jacob Needleman, Time and the Soul

May 19th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;"
William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850), English Romantic poet. Along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth launched the Romantic Age in English literature.

April 29th, 2019
Grateful
Many thanks to intrepid interviewer Jonathan Womack for the excellent conversation we had on John C. Hoagland's The Other Side of Midnight on Aprl. 27, 2019. We had a wide-ranging discussion on all things paranormal and the mysteries of time. We talked about out-of-body experience, precognitive dreams, apparitions, astral travel, aliens, UFOs, and related phenomena.

April 27th, 2019
Present Moment
Quote of the Day:
"In the present moment, you have all the time in the world."
Ram Dass

April 22nd, 2019
"To everything there is a season And a time to every purpose under Heaven."
Biblical scholars say that Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon in the Tenth Century BCE

April 21st, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"We haven't the time to take our time."
Eugene Ionescu, Romanian-French playwright whose play The Bald Soprano helped launch the Theatre of the Absurd.

April 19th, 2019
Three Stages of Scientific Discovery
"There are three stages of scientific discovery: First, they don't believe it. Then they believe it but they say it's not important. Then they believe it and say it's important but they attribute it to the wrong person."
from A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

April 17th, 2019
Time Marches On...Or Does It?
Many thanks to everyone who came to my class yesterday on the mysteries of time at the McNally Robinson Community Classroom. A good time was had by all. A special thanks to Joanna Graham, who coordinated the event.

April 17th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"A rock thrown in the air loses nothing by coming down, gained nothing by going up."
Marcus Aurelius

April 7th, 2019
"Because" by John Lennon
This song was inspired by Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
Because the world is round it turns me on
Because the world is round

Because the wind is high it blows my mind
Because the wind is high

Love is old, love is new
Love is all, love is you

Because the sky is blue, it makes me cry
Because the sky is blue

April 4th, 2019
Another milestone- 20,150 views!
Today I passed the 20,000 views mark. Thanks to everyone for stopping by! Much appreciated!

March 30th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"Youth has no age."
Picasso

March 24th, 2019
Yoko Ono- I smile because...
I smile because the sky is clear
I smile because the green in the park is so beautiful
I smile because I see a child
It's endless
Yoko Ono

March 23rd, 2019
"What is man? A consciousness moving along a path in the four-dimensional space-time continuum? Is his path predestined to the end? Does his free will, seemingly negligible at first, become more and more perfect as he slowly and painfully - perhaps through countless "lives" - attains the union with the God within him, that infinitely precious Jewel of which I have spoken? I am sometimes tempted to think that all such questions resolve themselves into one, which is of insuperable difficulty to our three-dimensional brains: What is time?"
from Astral Projection: A Record of Out-of-the-Body Experiences, by Oliver Fox

March 17th, 2019
Entangled States/ Bell's Theorum
Einstein and two of his colleagues, Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen, (known collectively as "EPR"), predicted the existence of entangled states in a 1935 paper that was intended to show the incompleteness of quantum theory. Despite being predicted in the equation, entanglement seemed impossible because it would require information to travel between entangled particles faster than the speed of light (i.e., instantaneously). Yet in 1964, a CERN physicist, John Bell, published a theorem (known as "Bell's theorem") proving the EPR prediction. Subsequent experiments proved the existence of entangled states. Particle physicist Henry Stapp, who works at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), called Bell's theorem "the most profound discovery of science."

March 11th, 2019
Time Slows Down
Quote of the Day:
"When you are in the moment, time slows down. In this moment, you have all the time in the world. But don't waste a moment. Who you really are is beyond time. Live in the here and now, and always start fresh in every new moment."
from Walking Each Other Home, by Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush

February 28th, 2019
Time is Always Time
Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place
I rejoice that things are as they are.

from Ash Wednesday, T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1967), Nobel Laureate

February 26th, 2019
More Real Than Real
When we are awake, we say this is the real world. Waking up from a dream, we say it was only a dream. Mystical experiences are more real than real.

February 24th, 2019
You Are Unique
The universe is 13.8 billion years old. Life on Earth has existed for 3.8 billion years. Humans have been around for about 200,000 - 300,000 years. There have been approx. 105 billion humans before you. Yet you are unique.

February 21st, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration."
Nikola Tesla

February 16th, 2019
The Present Tense
"My last defense is the present tense."
from Old Mary, by Gwendolyn Brooks

February 4th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence."
Nikola Tesla

February 3rd, 2019
95% of the known universe is invisible:
The universe is 68% dark energy, 27% dark matter, and 5% ordinary matter and radiation. 95% of the known universe is invisible.

January 30th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if that is not enchantment, then where is it to be found?"
J. B. Priestley

January 25th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Pablo Picasso

January 24th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"There is nothing like a dream to create the future: Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow."
Victor Hugo (1802-1855)

January 3rd, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 - 1849

January 18th, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way."
- A. J. Muste

January 13th, 2019
"On the Odd" radio show
I am looking forward to my interview tomorrow with Mark Jeacoma for his long-running paranormal radio talk show On The Odd, based in Long Island, N.Y. Mark also invited me to read an excerpt from The Borders of Normal on his new show, True tales of . . .
Thanks, Mark!

January 9th, 2019
Standing in the Sunlight radio show
Don't forget to tune into my interview tomorrow with Cynthia Rose McCaw on her show Standing In The Sunlight Radio Show OM Times Radio Network, 4:00 pm EST, 3:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm MT, 1:00 pm PT. The show features a LIVE call in line for listeners from around the world. I'm looking forward to talking with Cynthia and her listeners.
Here is the link.

January 8th, 2019
Jupiter has 79 moons.

January 7th, 2019
Heraclitus
Quote of the Day:

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river, and he is not the same man."
"Panta rhei" or "Panta rei" has been translated as:
"Everything flows, nothing stays."
"All things are in flux."
"The path up and down are the same."

Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, 535 - 475 BCE

January 3rd, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
Winston Churchill

January 2nd, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius

January 1st, 2019
Stopping by Woods
Robert Frost's famous poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", possibly the most famous poem of the twentieth century, entered the public domain at midnight on New Year's Day. Frost was a farmer in Vermont when he wrote this poem on a summer morning in 1922 after staying up all night. After he saw the sunrise, he wrote this poem about a snowy evening, as if, he said, he had a hallucination.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

December 28th, 2018
Two January 2019 Radio Interviews:

My interview with Mark Jeacoma for his long-running paranormal radio talk show, On the Odd, based in Long Island, New York, has been postponed from Dec. 27, 2018 to Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, 1:30 PM EST. I look forward to talking to Mark in the new year.www.ontheodd.com

I will be interviewed by Cynthia Rose McCall for her show Standing In The Sunlight, OM Times Radio Network, based in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, 4 PM EST, 3 PM CT, 2 pm MT, 1 PM PT. I look forward to talking with Cynthia and her live call in listeners from around the world.

December 25th, 2018
Time Moves in Two Directions
"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen remarked. "What sort of things do you remember best?" Alice ventured to ask. "Oh, things that happened the week after next," the Queen replied in a careless tone. "For instance ... there's the King's Messenger. He's in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesn't even begin till next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last of all." "Suppose he never commits the crime?" said Alice. "That would be all the better, wouldn't it?" the Queen said ...
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass (1871)

December 23rd, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859

December 17th, 2018
Retrocausation- Back from the Future
Joseph McMoneagle, the most successful remote viewer in the CIA's Stargate program, said, "Simply put, I think that I am sending myself information from the future." from Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious by Eric Wargo
We think that cause precedes effect. But what if effect precedes cause?

December 9th, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery."
H. G. Wells

December 9th, 2018
There is an excerpt from my book The Borders of Normal in the December issue of EdgeScience magazine, which is published by the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE.) Many thanks to the editor, Patrick Huyghe, and to the design team, which used a couple of my photos to illustrate the text.

December 7th, 2018
There is No Time
"When you have an intense contact of love with nature or another human being, like a spark, then you understand that there is no time and that everything is eternal."
Paul Coelho

December 1st, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"We are the universe contemplating itself."
Carl Sagan

November 29th, 2018
45 Billion Billion Molecules
"At sea level, at a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, one cubic centimeter of air (about the size of a sugar cube) will contain 45 billion billion molecules."
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

November 28th, 2018
"In 1919, when Edwin Hubble first put his head to the eyepiece of his telescope, astronomers believed that there was exactly one galaxy in the visible universe: the Milky Way. Today, almost one hundred years later, astronomers believe that there are roughly 140 billion galaxies in the visible universe. If galaxies were frozen peas, there would be enough peas to fill the Royal Albert Hall."
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003)

November 22nd, 2018
I was invited to appear on On the Odd, the long-standing talk show in Long Island, NY. Thank you to Mark for the invitation. Details to follow. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 14th, 2018
"Born out of wedlock, Leonardo received very little formal education. His lack of reverence for authority and his willingness to challenge received wisdom led him to craft an empirical approach for understanding nature which foreshadowed the scientific method of Galileo and Bacon by a century. His method was experiment, curiosity, and the ability to marvel at phenomena the rest of us would barely pause to ponder." Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci

October 31st, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"Time and space are modes by which we think, not conditions in which we live."
Albert Einstein

October 20th, 2018
Quote of the Day: "Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself." Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 CE), was the Roman Emperor (161 - 180 CE), who is considered one of the three most important Stoic philosophers, along with Seneca and Epictetus. Famous historian Edward Gibbon (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) called Marcus Aurelius the last of the Five Good Emperors. He presided over the most majestic days of the Roman Empire. His philosophy can be found in a small volume called The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (also known as Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.)

October 20th, 2018
Earth is Spinning and So Are You
Trivia of the day:
"How fast you are spinning depends on where you are (not who you are!) The speed of the Earth's spin varies from a little over 1,000 miles an hour at the equator to zero at the poles."
adapted from A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson

October 16th, 2018
I was interviewed by Whitley Strieber for his Dreamland podcast on Oct. 24th. The interview was broadcast on Nov. 2. I read and enjoyed Whitley's books Communion and Transformation many years ago. Whitley asked many deep and thought-provoking questions. I enjoyed being on his show.

October 15th, 2018
Quote of the day:
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
William James

October 12th, 2018
Coast to Coast AM
Many thanks to George Noory for the interview last night, Oct. 11, 2018, on Coast to Coast AM. Great questions from George and his phone-in callers! Listen Here

October 9th, 2018
Epictetus
Quote of the Day:
"Those who pursue the higher life of wisdom, who seek to live by spiritual principles, must be prepared to be laughed at and condemned."
Epictetus (55 - 135 CE), Stoic philosopher

October 8th, 2018
"Don't wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you'll run out of time."
Seth

October 4th, 2018
Best Seller!!
Good News!
The Borders of Normal has cracked Amazon's Best Seller list in Parapsychology! It is #68 on Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store.
Grateful!

October 1st, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees."
Henry David Thoreau

September 28th, 2018
Mind/Body
Quote of the Day:
"Your mind is in every cell of your body."
Candace Pert, neuroscientist, author of Molecules of Emotion.

September 22nd, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"The surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness."
Montaigne

September 8th, 2018
Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.

September 5th, 2018
Rave Review for The Borders of Normal
Great News!! My book, The Borders of Normal, received a glowing, full-page review in the alternative newspaper "Enlighten Up! with The Aquarian. "
Here are some quotes from the review:
"Matas raises profound questions. If we conclude paranormal experiences are real, then what is reality?"
"I learned a lot from reading this book."
"This book will appeal to anyone with an open mind."
"For those used to reading pseudoscience or self-help books with their pat answers, this book can seem like opening Pandora's Box. Once you've read it, you'll never be able to see the world or yourself the same way."
"This book delivers a message of hope."
Many thanks, Nancy, for your kind words.
To read the full review, go to www.aquarianonline.com
click on Aquarian in Print, then Current & Past Issues, then 2018 Fall, then scroll down to Books, page 14.

September 2nd, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced."
Vincent van Gogh

August 25th, 2018
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation "Time Marches On . . . Or Does It?" last weekend in Montreal at the 43rd Annual SSF-IIIHS International Conference Living The Divine Potential: Where Science Meets Spirituality. It was a great conference.

August 25th, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"Every human being is a whole world."
Pablo Picasso

August 16th, 2018
Good news! I just found out the Winnipeg Public Library will be adding The Borders of Normal to its collection in the Fall. It will also be available at the university library at Rice University in Houston.

August 5th, 2018
Oceanic Feeling
One day on a walk, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was kicked unconscious by a horse. When he came to, he found himself in a strange state; it seemed as if the world had no boundaries and he was a speck of consciousness, floating in a vast ocean. This "oceanic feeling" was impersonal; Rousseau felt fused with everything - the earth, the sky, everyone around him. He felt ecstatic and free in that state, which passed quickly yet left a strong impression that haunted him for the rest of his life.

August 1st, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."
Mark Twain

July 24th, 2018
Fashionable Stupidity
Quote of the Day:
"I refuse to commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud."
C. G. Jung

July 23rd, 2019
Quote of the Day:
"The human mind will not be confined to any limits."
Goethe

July 20th, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is."
Alan Watts

July 19th, 2018
Quote of the Day:
"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."
Kierkegaard

July 18th, 2018
Past, Present, Future
Quote of the Day:
"The present does not so much determine the future as our image of the future determines what we do in the present."
Ilya Prigogine, quantum physicist

July 14th, 2018
Quote of the Day!
"The night was loaded with omens. The grieving sky turned the little water to a dangerous metal and then the wind got up - not the gusty, rabbity wind of the seacoasts I know but a great bursting sweep of wind with nothing to inhibit it for a thousand miles in any direction. Because it was a wind strange to me, and therefore mysterious, it set up mysterious responses in me. In terms of reason, it was strange only because I found it so. But a goodly part of our experience which we find inexplicable must be like that. To my certain knowledge, many people conceal experiences for fear of ridicule. How many people have seen or heard or felt something which so outrages their sense of what should be that the whole thing was brushed quickly away like dirt under a rug? For myself, I try to keep the line open even for things I can't understand or explain, but it is difficult in this frightened time."
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

June 2nd, 2018
New Website!
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