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Is 11-11-11 Going to Be a Special Day or Just Another Dud?

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Is 11-11-11 Going to Be a Special Day or Just Another Dud?

A falling star. An shed eyelash. A tall ladder blocking your way. A black cat.

What do all of these things have in common with the date tomorrow – 11-11-11?

They are seemingly mundane events that, because of their relative rarity, spark a sense of significance for many people.

Superstition is an interesting phenomenon.

It caused tribes to touch trees in order to ask a favor of the tree gods (today we “knock on wood”).

During the middle ages, the sighting of a black cat was considered the sighting of a witch that had transformed into a creature. Superstition led to the ritual sacrifice of animals and even humans, in order to appease the god or gods, in hope of good fortune.

Obviously, superstition is a very powerful force that drives the actions of humanity, even today. Each person suffers to some extent from the feeling that random events that appear with some form of order – must be some kind of sign.

Because, how could randomness result in such order?

The Big 11-11-11 Event

Tomorrow, on Veterans day this year, another extremely rare event is about to occur. It is going to be 11-11-11. Adding to the rarity, if you wait until just before lunch time wherever you live in the world, it will also be 11-11-11 11:11:11.

Whether or not you’re superstitious, that’s actually pretty cool.

The only problem with it, is that the rareness, combined with the perfect order of such a palindrome is sure to ignite a wave of superstitious concern among – I would be willing to bet – a significant portion of the world’s population.

And yes, there are plenty of “signs” that indicate there is something significant to the number 11. If you search hard enough, you can find significance in just about anything.


Spirit Guardians Known as Midwayers

One particularly odd belief system is that of the Urantia book. Like many of the new age religions and cults out there, the writing are based upon “messages” that were allegedly related from sentient beings to a human, who wrote those messages down.

The Urantia Foundations describes the book as “…first published by Urantia Foundation in 1955, claims to have been presented by celestial beings as a revelation to our planet, Urantia.”

In the FAQ on how the book came to be, the responding diatribe – pages long – is a somewhat comical text portrayed as coming from some divine being, but clearly written by a human attempting to appear as divine. In the section asking what the book is, the response: “The Urantia Book is a revelation of truth for our world from higher beings in the universe.”

The followers of this cult believe that the 11:11 signs that appear every now and then are a sign from the Midwayers. Their proof? On page 77, the number 1,111 appears.

“The 1,111 loyal secondary midwayers are engaged in important missions on earth. As compared with their primary associates, they are decidedly material. They exist just outside the range of mortal vision and possess sufficient latitude of adaptation to make, at will, physical contact with what humans call ‘material things.’ These unique creatures have certain definite powers over the things of time and space, not excepting the beasts of the realm.”


Random Claims about 11:11

Ever since the advent of digital clocks and digital displays, there have been people claiming a significance to the palindrome of 11:11.

Uri Geller, a performer that tells audiences that he truly has psychic powers and can bend spoons with his mind, quickly gave significance to the palindrome. On his website, he penned an article about the phenomenon and wrote:

“I started experiencing this rather bizarre occurrence when I was forty years old, at first I thought they were coincidences, I would stand with my back to a digital clock and something made me turn around and I would notice that the time would be 11:11. These incidents intensified I would be checked into hotel rooms on floor 11 room 1111. I started noticing these digits on computers, microwave ovens, cars, documents, etc.”

It should be noted that Uri Geller was thoroughly and completely debunked by James Randi and others, but he continues on with the show.

It should further be noted that what Uri describes is a human psychology phenomenon known as confirmation bias. It is that phenomenon when you decide that there is something strange going on, and then you actively seek out events in order to prove that your hypothesis is true.

You might have seen the clock at 12:34, 8:15 or 9:11 – but it is only when you see 11:11 that your previous bias is triggered, your heart leaps, and in your head the event is significant, even though in all reality it is no more significant than all of the other times you’ve glanced at the clock.

Physics professor Eric Carlson, of Wake Forest University, recently wrote in a press release regarding the upcoming 11-11-11 event, that the date is only significant in our own minds. In response to the question, “what makes 11-11-11 so interesting?” he writes:

“The repetition. Our brains are just pattern matching machines, so we tend to notice patterns like that. If you happen to glance at the clock and it’s 11:11, you will remember that – these patterns stick in our minds. But I don’t think there is any mystical significance to it.”


Yet Another Superstition to Capitalize on

For years, scammers and opportunists have utilized this weakness of human psychology to make a lot of money. Psychics can provide information that is just vague enough to trigger one of those confirmation events in a target clients mind.

This year, even Hollywood is capitalizing on this human psychological weakness with a horror movie titled 11-11-11.

With all of that said, the moment that the clock slides into place at 11-11-11 11:11:11, many people will be watching. Hopefully, most of you will be reflecting on the rarity and wonder of the moment, a significant palindrome that the world hasn’t seen in a hundred years.

It’s a very cool moment.

And for those of you that will be seeking out evidence that the moment is significant or spiritual – that it marks the end of the world or a sign from sentient beings from another universe, you’ll probably find it.

That is the nature of confirmation bias. You will find the “proof” you need, because that’s exactly what you expect to find.

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  • Knight_Poet

    It is quite obvious to any reasonably intelligent person (who is not a cultish follower of your cartoonishly creepy creeds) that you never even read The Urantia Book and yet you state your fictional (factually unsupported) theory that it was “clearly written by a human attempting to appear as divine.” Even the US copyright was legally invalidated placing the text of The Urantia Book in the public domain a decade ago because it could not be proven in a court of law that any human being or beings did author any part of this spiritually potent publication! You also refer to “followers of this cult” without presenting any evidence whatsoever that readers of this book are in fact members of a cult (somehow I speculate that “cult” is your favorite word since it presumably makes you feel superior to anyone who thinks differently from you and thank God that includes me although I hate all man-made religions and I like cults even less than that). Do you possess any tangible evidence to justify your publically posted position regarding The Urantia Book and if so, why not freely share it with the rest of us who perhaps happened to unfortuitously stumble upon your hollow words of venomous vanity…the witless ramblings of one who sits in the dark little corner of his black-hole universe? And conversely, if you cannot prove beyond all shadow of a doubt that The Urantia Book is not a divine revelation authored by Beings-Not-Of-This-Realm (along with any credentials qualifying you to make such a determination regarding matters that deal with the unseen realities of the Spirit), then consider my candid rebuke of your attack against The Fifth Epochal Revelation to be nothing more nor less than an acute observation of this sordid little game you are playing where you pretend like you have something profound to say and then alas, you don’t.

  • “And conversely, if you cannot prove beyond all shadow of a doubt that The Urantia Book is not a divine revelation authored by Beings-Not-Of-This-Realm…”

    Let me get this straight, you’re asking *us* to prove that something is NOT true, rather than you having to prove that it is true? You obviously have no clue about the concepts of evidence and truth. It is the responsibility of the person claiming that something is true, to provide proof. You can not prove a negative.

    And the reason we use the word “cult” is because that’s exactly what it is based on every definition for cult you can find in any dictionary.

  • Knight_Poet

    The Urantia Book is, in addition to anything else that it may or may not be to any given individual, a book. Just as with any other published book about God and religious beliefs based on faith and trust (including The Bible), it is up to the reader of the book to make a personal determination as to the validity or invalidity of its contents (intelligently assessing and evaluating the degree and quality of truthfulness as it registers deep within the mind and soul of the reader). I don’t need to prove to you or anyone else in the universe for that matter that The Urantia Book is either true or false since that is a personal determination I have made exclusively for myself over time while casually reading the book repeatedly from cover to cover after a wise old priest I knew decades ago recommended that it was worth checking out (despite some would later tell me, it being on the Holy Vatican’s list of banned books that good Catholics should never read). Additional readings have proven beneficial to me by expanding my cosmic consciousness and spiritual awareness (like getting a tiny glimpse behind the scenes so to speak) thus enabling me to overcome many difficult obstacles in over 50 years of mortal life including more than a few that might have proven to be self-destructive in the final sense of the word had decisive interaction not been duly initiated. So if I judge a tree by its fruit, this tree (The Urantia Book) for me has been ripe with nothing but the unconditional harvest of abundant goodness (this is especially good to me since I was NEVER asked to shave my head and learn to chant melodic mantras while handing out poorly printed pamphlets at airports NOR was I ever asked to sell all my personal possessions and then give all my money to some self-proclaimed leader NOR was I ever asked to pledge some kind of blind allegiance to a uniform belief system…just visit any local church for more on that one). So if you likewise read The Urantia Book from cover to cover at least once (as opposed to reading only the front and back cover) or at least made some sort of sincere effort to read any part of it and then made a personal determination about its contents that differs from mine or anyone else’s on the planet, so be it. I won’t trample upon your seemingly finalized conclusions about The Urantia Book if you don’t trample upon mine. You walk your path and I’ll walk mine. For since God freely respects your right to believe or not to believe (I’m speaking here more about the actual reality-existence of God as opposed to the authenticity of The Urantia Book), then who am I to venture where God Himself respectfully chooses not to tread?! But if you have not read The Urantia Book (thus lacking direct contact with the written words purposefully scribbled on its pages therein to be passionately perused by any and all honest-of-heart truth-seekers from this generation who have grown discontent with what modern churches are peddling these days as so-called “truth”) then you are not qualified in any capacity to make any determination one way or the other about the contents of The Urantia Book since logic dictates you would obviously be relying exclusively on what others have said and/or written ABOUT The Urantia Book (and perhaps none of them have read it either). What was that Jesus once said about the blind leading the blind? “Life’s a ditch, ain’t it?” Nope, that wasn’t it. But I know ditch was in there somewhere.

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