A lot of people have a hard time trusting lawyers as it is, but what about one who claims he was part of a secret government time travel program when he was a kid?
Since 2004, Seattle attorney Andrew Basiago has been publicly claiming that from the time he was 7 to when he was 12, he participated in “Project Pegasus,” a secret U.S. government program that he says worked on teleportation and time travel under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
“They trained children along with adults so they could test the mental and physical effects of time travel on kids,” Basiago told The Huffington Post. “Also, children had an advantage over adults in terms of adapting to the strains of moving between past, present and future.”
See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/28/andrew-basiago-seattle-attorney-time-travels_n_1438216.html for more on Basiago and his time travel story.
Here’s the Civil War era photograph from Gettysburg which Basiago claims includes him (that’s supposedly him to the left with the big floppy shoes):
Of course, there are alternatives to his tale to get the same effect, no I am not referring to the “well, he’s batshit crazy” explanation although that one certainly has plenty of juice . . . I’m more interested in how one might simulate the experience . . . that perhaps one could experience the effects via mental focus and hypnosis rather than through a Tesla machine (although there are plenty of folks who credit Tesla with such inventions and more).
A number of my students at the university know that hypnosis has been associated with time travel for some time . . . Richard Matheson even includes it in his wonderful novel Somewhere in Time upon which the movie of the same name was based.
Of course, any hypnotist worth his salt will tell you that one’s not likely to travel through time this way but one can certainly imagine it and certainly the Montauk Chair sounds like something that could be simulated via experiential hypnosis (see some of the multiversal hypnosis webinar recordings on this site here and here.
All in all, Basiago’s tale sounds like a film pitch. Then again, it certainly would be interesting – and incredibly frightening – if it weren’t.