Book Description

Book Title

Beyond UFOs:  The Science of Consciousness
and Contact with Non-Human Intelligence

Summary of the Book

The Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Experiences, or FREE is a registered 501c3 academic research institute that is comprised of 11 retired Ph.D. academics and lay researchers exploring "What is Consciousness" by undertaking cross comparative research on individuals that have had contact with Non Human Intelligence (NHI) via the “CONTACT MODALITIES” (contact via perceived UFOs, NDEs, OBEs, Remote Viewing, Channeling, Ghosts/Spirits, Hallucinogenic Journeys, Orbs, PSI Contact, etc).

FREE hypothesizes that all of these Contact Modalities are in fact one phenomenon and should not be studied as separate phenomena which is the modus operandi of the research organizations that are in these fields.  This is a limited "stove pipe" approach that does not recognize the numerous commonalities shared by each of these Contact Modalities. Many researchers such as ESP Researcher Dr. Dean Radin, NDE researcher Dr. Kenneth Ring, UFO researcher Dr. Jacques Valle, academic astrophysicist Dr. Rudy Schild, Princeton trained Ph.D. Physcist Dr. Claude Swanson, Ph.D. Neuroscientist Dr. Bob Davis, retired Ph.D. academic Dr. Jon Klimo, paranormal/UFO researcher Dr. John Alexander, paranormal researcher Brad Steiger, and even the late Dr. Edgar Mitchell, and so many others, have publicly expressed that there is a possibility that ALL of these "paranormal contact phenomena" might in fact be one phenomenon being expressed via different modalities.

The FREE organization is not a Ufology organization.  Instead, our focus is to explore the possible nature of “Consciousness” by conducting comprehensive academic research on the various extraordinary experiences with the Contact Modalities.  The majority of the FREE Board of Directors, including the late Dr. Edgar Mitchell, believe that the field of what we know as "Ufology" is a very limited paradigm to understand what is really happening with "UFO Contact" because it is primarily focused on a rudimentary "Nuts & Bolts" approach.  Dr. Mitchell firmly believed that the "Experiencer" of contact with non human intelligence is the "Key" that will open the door towards understanding what is Consciousness and contact with NHI.  FREE hypothesizes that a cross comparative research of “Experiencers” of the Contact Modalities may provide insight into the validity of various models of consciousness.  Once the cross comparative research has been undertaken among the various Contact Modalities, numerous commonalities will be derived that are shared between all of these experiences.  All of the variables identified by all of the Experiencers of the various Contact Modalities can then be utilized in trying to develop a viable hypothesis for a "Unification Theory of Consciousness and Contact".

The majority of our FREE Board of Directors hypothesize that all of these Contact Modalities are interconnected through what is commonly called Consciousness and that advanced physics, in particular, the Quantum Hologram Theory of Physics and Consciousness (QHTC), as developed by the late Dr. Edgar Mitchell, one of FREE’s Co-Founders, can possibly begin to provide a rudimentary understanding how all of these diverse paranormal “Contact Modalities" are interrelated.  The QHTC and two corollary models, the Magnetic Eternally Collapsing Object (MECO), as articulated by FREE Executive Director Dr. Rudy Schild, and the Synchronized Universe Model (SUM) developed by Dr. Claude Swanson, a member of the FREE Board of Director’s, attempt to provide a physics-based scientific explanation to the nature of our reality, “paranormal contact experiences” and non-ordinary states of consciousness.  Combined, the QHTC, MECO and the SUM Models, suggest that we might live in a multi-dimensional reality and, within this construct, humans are having contact with NHI in multiple formats, or “Contact Modalities.”  Each of these three physics based Consciousness models will be prominently featured in our book under the section titled:  What is the Relationship Between Consciousness and Contact?

FREE also acknowledges that there are limitations to a purely physics-based approach to the understanding of Consciousness and a possible “Unified Field Theory of the Paranormal Contact Modalities”. To this end we will also be presenting additional 3 articles, written by Dr. Jon Klimo, Giorgio Piacenza, and Rey Hernandez that will provide additional epistemological models of Consciousness integrating physics, philosophical, and spiritual based arguments of “Consciousness and Contact.”  These integrative theories incorporate the role of consciousness, spirituality and paranormal phenomena and may be viewed as additional components of a possible “Unified Field Theory of the Contact Modalities.” Finally, FREE plans to add to this model the comparative data findings from our academic research study on the Contact Modalities which we believe is the necessary ingredient that might aide us to begin solving this complex riddle of what is Consciousness.

The next section of our book is titled The FREE Experiencer Research Study.  We decided to commence our research on the Contact Modalities on the phenomena of UFO related contact with NHI, instead of one of the other Contact Modalities, for the simple fact that there was minimal academic research on this topic.  Even though there was much literature in this field, almost all of it was filled with thousands of anecdotal INDIVIDUAL case histories of individual experiences.  No one had undertaken a systematic comprehensive quantitative and qualitative academic research study, in multiple languages, in multiple counties, on this topic. There have been small statistical studies, but these were limited to less than 50 participants and the topic questions were always limited to limited topic areas, such as the “abduction scenario” and the surveys were comprised of less than 50 questions.  The candidates were also self selected which biased the data results.  Therefore, in order to undertake a cross comparative analysis of the Contact Modalities, we needed to first establish a scientific statistical baseline to truly understand the UFO related contact Phenomena.

FREE is in the process of completing the first comprehensive multilingual international research study on individuals that have had UFO related contact with NHI. The FREE Experiencer Research Study is comprised of 4 Phases.  Phase 1 and 2 are comprised of two quantitative surveys totaling almost 600 questions.  Phase 3 is our qualitative survey instrument comprised of written responses to 70 open ended questions.  Phase 4 will be formal interviews with selected survey participants.  To date, over 3,500 subjects have participated in our English Language Phase 1 survey from over 110 different countries.  We also have our surveys running in Spanish, German, French, Slovak, and soon in Cantonese Chinese.

The section of our book titled The FREE Experiencer Research Study will have two academic articles.  The first is a statistical analysis of the Phase 1 and 2 data from our FREE Experiencer Research Study.   This academic paper will soon be published in the Journal of the Society for Scientific Exploration, with 6 of FREE’s academics as co-authors.  The second academic research article contained in this section is being authored by retired university professor, and FREE Co-Chair, Dr. Jon Klimo, who is taking the lead in analyzing our Phase 3 qualitative research data.  Dr. Klimo is in the process of completing this academic research article which will be submitted to a suitable academic journal in the very near future.

The third section is titled Thematic Chapter Topic Areas.  This section will contain 12 separate chapters, each focusing on a specific thematic topic area.  Each of these topic chapters will focus on the data results for each topic area from our FREE Experiencer Research Study.  We will focus on the following topics:  Psychological Transformation; Spiritual Transformation; Medial Healings; Similarities between UFO Contact and NDEs and OBEs; Messages received form NHI; Telepathic Downloads of Science, Physics, and Technology; Ecological Messages Received from NHI; Kundalini Experiences of UFO Contact Experiencers; and to address the question if the Experiencers consider themselves to be Abductees or Contactees.

The next section is our Conclusion which will be written by the world’s most renowned authority on “Paranormal Contact”, Brad Steiger.  Brad Steiger has written over 175 books with over 17 million copies in print, and has written more than 2,000 paranormal themed articles. He indeed is the world’s most respected expert on the similarities between the Paranormal and UFO related contact with Non Human Intelligence.

A draft of the proposed book chapter and associated authors are presented below:

Book Chapters

Prologue, Intro to FREE:
Author:  Dr. Rey Hernandez

What is the Relationship Between Consciousness and Contact?

1.  Intro to the topic of Consciousness and the Paranormal Contact Modalities.
Author:  Dr. Rey Hernandez

2.  Nature’s Mind:  The Quantum Hologram.  An introduction to the Quantum Hologram Theory of Physics and Consciousness
Author:  Dr. Edgar Mitchell

3.  Modern Miracles, MECOs and the Quantum Hologram.
Author:  Dr. Rudy Schild

4.  The Synchronized Universe: New Science of the Paranormal.  The Relationship between the Theories and Evidence of Non-locality in our FREE Study:  OBE Travel, ESP, Non Existence of Time and Space, Alternate Realities, Instantaneous Travel, CE-5 Communications, Mind Control of UFO Crafts, and other associated Cases of High Strangeness.
Author:  Dr. Claude Swanson

5.  Consciousness, Neuroscience, and Quantum Mechanics.
Author:  Dr. Robert Davis

6.  The Limitations of a Physics-Based Approach of Consciousness and Unified Field Theory of the Paranormal Contact Modalities.
Author:  Dr. Jon Klimo

7.  “Integrating Perspectives: Towards a Unified Understanding of the Science of Consciousness and Contact”.  This chapter will summarize the scientific theories which we have thus far explored in order to help to begin to understand the science of consciousness and contact.
Author:  Giorgio Piacenza

The FREE Experiencer Research Study

8.  Research Paper on Phase 1 and 2:  This paper will soon be published in the Journal of the Society for Scientific Exploration.  The paper is a statistical analysis of our Phase 1 and 2 quantitative data and will discuss various physics based models of consciousness and quantum physics, i.e., the QHTC, MECO, and SUM theories.  Authors:  Dr. Rey Hernandez, Dr. Robert Davis, Dr. Rudy Schild, Dr. Jon Klimo, Dr. Claude Swanson, Giorgio Piacenza, Dr. Russ Scalpone.

9.  Research Paper on Phase 3:  A research analysis of our Phase 3 qualitative survey instrument.  Our Research Committee had previously identified 6 major topic criteria to be analyzed and a 5 page summary of these 6 criteria was prepared for approximately 100 participants.  Dr. Jon Klimo shall write an academic research paper synthesizing the qualitative information from the top 100 UFO Contact Experiencers.  This article shall be submitted to a peer reviewed academic journal.
Author:  Dr. Jon Klimo.

Thematic Chapter Topic Areas

10.  The History of UFO Contact Paradigms:  From indigenous people’s contact with “star beings” and spirits, to the 1950s Contactee Movement, to the modern contact paradigms of Negative Abductions & Hybridization, the Positive CE-5 Contact Networks, and the current trends of Metaphysical, Conspiratorial, and Secret Space Program Paradigms.  Is UFO Contact research in a state of crisis and the need for academic credibility?
Author:  Brent Raynes

11.  The Paradigm Shift, Embracing the Multiverse:  It’s no longer about UFO’s but human consciousness. Are we being assisted by Non Human Intelligences to evolve into a new multidimensional species? The New Human is here.
Author:  Mary Rodwell

12.  Abductee or Contactee? The Physical and Psychic Interactions with UFO Related NHI:  An Analysis of the FREE Data.  A review of the mainstream abduction paradigm commonly accepted by mainstream Ufology organizations and researchers and what our data reveals what is actually happing with Experiencers of UFO Contact with Non Human Intelligence.
Author:  Dr. Rey Hernandez

13.   Introduction to the messages communicated by NHI to UFO Contact Experiencers.  A historical presentation from the 1950s, 1960s, including messages conveyed to Betty and Barney Hill in 1961 and a review of messages from our FREE Research Study.
Author:  Kathleen Marden

14.  The Psychological Transformation of the Experiencer After Contact:  An Exo-Conscioussness Analysis of the FREE Transformational Data.
Author:  Rebecca Hardcastle-Wright

15.  The Spiritual Transformation of the Contact Experiencer:  An Analysis of the FREE Data.
Author:  Reverend Michael Carter.

16.  Scientific Information Received by Contact Experiencers:  An Analysis of the FREE Data.
Author:  Dr. Jon Klimo and Susan Manewich

17.  Medical Healings Reported by Contact Experiencers:  An Analysis of the FREE Data.
Authors:  Dr. Joseph Burkes and Preston Dennett.

18.  The Ecological Message for Humanity Reported by Contact Experiencers:  An Analysis of the FREE Data.
Author:  Miguel Mendonca

19.  Kundalini Experiences of UFO Contact Experiencers:  An Analysis of the FREE Data.  An examination of the data reporting physical and psycho-spiritual changes associated with kundalini awakenings… a comparison to the esoteric literature on the process of awakening enlightenment… discussion of visionary concepts of the evolved human… correspondences to metaphysical concepts of ascension… is contact a new model for, or path to, enlightenment.
Author:   Rosemary Ellen Guiley

20.   The Relationship between UFO related Contact, Near Death Experiences, and Out of Body Experiences:  An Comparative Analysis of the FREE Data and Towards and Integration of the Contact Modalities
Author:  Dr. Barbara Mango

21.   FREE hypothesizes that all of the "Contact Modalities" might be one phenomenon and should not be studied as separate phenomena which is the modus operandi of the research organizations in these fields.  This is a limited "stove pipe" approach that does not recognize the numerous common aspects of each of these Contact Modalities.  We need to undertake comparative research of all contact with Non Human Intelligence in a unified approach and not via a “stove pipe” approach.
Author:  Dr. John Alexander


Towards and Integration of the Contact Modalities: The FREE Experiencer Study is a Paradigm Shifting Moment and Potential Avenues for Future Research.
Author:  Brad Steiger

Instructions for the Authors

  1. Each book chapter will be grounded in the actual data from our FREE Experiencer Research Study, i.e., the data obtained for the specific assigned topic area from our Phase 1 and 2 quantitative surveys and Phase 3 written responses for each specific topic area.
  2. All authors will be provided with the quantitative data from Phase 1 and 2 and Phase 3, individual written responses from our Phase 3 qualitative instrument associated with their specific topic area.
  3. Authors will be provided with FREE survey participants who are willing to be interviewed on their experiences for each of these specific topic areas.
  4. Dr. Russel Scalpone, our FREE Statistician, will also be assisting each of the authors in developing statistical analysis for their specific subject area.

Citations Format

All articles are expected to have proper academic citations.  We will be utilizing the Chicago Citation Style.  See below for details.


Contributing authors will complete their chapters by January 1, 2018.  The FREE book will be published by April 1 of 2018.

Bio of Authors

  • Dr. Edgar Mitchell:  FREE Co-Founder, Apollo Astronaut, Founder of the Institute for Noetic Sciences, Founder of Quantrek an organization which explored the Physics of Consciousness and Zero Point Energy.
  • Dr. Rudy Schild:  FREE Co-Founder, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Harvard University and FREE Executive Director.  Rudy has authored over 400 peer reviewed publication and is the Editor of the Journal of Cosmology.
  • Mary Rodwell:  FREE Co-Founder, Principal of ACERN, author, and has researched over 3,000 cases of individuals reporting UFO related contact experiences with NHI.  She has authored 2 books:  “The New Human:  Awakening to our Cosmic Heritage” and “Awakening:  How ET Contact can Transform Your Life”.
  • Dr. Rey Hernandez:  FREE Co-Founder, Co-Chair of the FREE Research Committee, Ph.D. Candidate at UC Berkeley, Ex-University Professor and currently a Tax Attorney with the US IRS.
  • Dr. Bob Davis:  Co-Chair of the FREE Research Committee and FREE Board Member.  Retired Professor of Neuroscience at the State University of New York. He has authored “The UFO Phenomenon: Should I Believe” and “Life After Death: An Analysis of the Evidence.”
  • Dr. Jon Klimo:  Co-Chair of the FREE Research Committee and FREE Board Member.  Retired Professor of Psychology, internationally known as one of the academic experts in the field of what is commonly called the “Paranormal”.  He is best known for his book “Channeling:  Investigations on Receiving Information form Paranormal Sources”
  • Dr. Claude Swanson:  FREE Board of Director and author of “The Synchronized Universe:  New Science of the Paranormal” among other books on the physics of consciousness and reality.  Claude has lectured on the physics of the paranormal and holds a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.
  • Kathleen Marden:  FREE Board of Director and MUFON’s International Director of Experiencer Abduction Research.  Kathy is one of the world’s leading authority in Ufology, is a well-known UFO abduction researcher, author and lecturer.
  • Rosemary Ellen Guiley:  FREE Board of Director who has authored more than 60 books on a wide range of paranormal and metaphysical topics including a single-volume encyclopedia of the paranormal.
  • Giorgio Piacenza:  FREE Board of Director who has authored over 100 articles on a wide-range of topics: Ufology, exopolitics, physics, consciousness, rational intuitive and esoteric metaphysics and cosmology.
  • Brad Steiger:  Brad Steiger is a world renowned author of over 175 books with over 17 million copies in print. He has also written more than 2,000 paranormal themed articles. He indeed is the world’s most respected expert on the similarities between the Paranormal and UFO related contact with Non Human Intelligence.
  • Dr. Russel Scalpone:  Ph.D. Consulting Psychologist and adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and Washington University in St. Louis; applied survey researcher and consultant in individual and organizational performance within the private sector over a 40 year period.
  • Dr. Barbara Mango:  FREE Research Committee Member.  Board Member of both the Past Life Regression Institute and the Love, Care, Share, Foundation/ Charity. Collaborative author of "The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences." Barbara received a Ph.D. in Metaphysics and completed her dissertation on Near-Death Experiences.
  • Brent Raynes:  FREE Research Committee Member, Editor of Alternate Perception Magazine, and over a 40 year period has research and authored various books and articles on Ufology, Contactee Experiencers and the Paranormal.
  • Dr. John Alexander:  Past President of the International Society for Near Death Studies (IANDS).  Wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on NDEs with Elizabeth Kubler Ross as his dissertation advisor.  Has lectured extensively on the various contact modalities including Paranormal Contact, OBEs, Remote Viewing and Ufology.  Author of “UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities”
  • Dr. Joseph Burkes:  Board Certified Emergency Room Medical Physician. He has facilitated human initiated encounters with UFOs working with CSETI, MUFON and the Peruvian contact network known as Mission Rama.
  • Preston Dennett:  Has authored more than twenty books and over 100 articles in the field of Ufology and the paranormal.  Author of “UFO Healings:  True Accounts of People Healed by Extraterrestrials”.
  • Rebecca Hardcastle-Wright:  She received a MDiv in Philosophical Theology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Parapsychic Science from American Institute of Holistic Theology. She is also the Founder of the Institute for Exoconsciousness.
  • Reverend Michal J. Carter:  He received a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and serves as the Minister for Unitarian Universalist Congregation of The Swannanoa Valley, NC. He has authored several books on UFOs and Religion.
  • Susan Manewich:  President of the New Energy Movement, and served as the Director at the Resonance Project Foundation. She is an author, lecturer, and consultant in the fields of emotional intelligence, resonant technology and human dynamics.  She was also a participant of Dr. John Mack’s PEER group at Harvard University.
  • Miguel Mendonca:  Author of several books and articles on sustainability and renewable energy policy, and UFO contact experiencers.


FREE'S NEW BOOK.  "BEYOND UFOS: THE SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND CONTACT WITH NON HUMAN INTELLIGENCE".  After 4 years of conducting the world’s first comprehensive multilingual and international academic research on UFO related contact experiencers, FREE will be publishing its historic new book.  The Dr. Edgar Mitchell FREE Foundation, an academic research foundation comprised of 11 Ph.D. physicists, scientists, neuroscientists and lay researchers, will be publishing a book analyzing the data of our FREE Experiener Research Study along thematic topic areas.  We will have more than 21 authors writing 22 chapters.  This book will be the Dictionary, the Thesaurus, the GOOGLE SEARCH for anything related to UFO related contact with Non Human Intelligence.  Please read the attached Book Description and the famous authors that will be dissecting our FREE data and writing groundbreaking articles on thematic topics that our data has revealed.


UFO Contact with Non-Human Intelligence and the
Quantum Hologram Theory of Consciousness:
Toward an Integration of the Contact Modalities

To be published in the Journal of Consciousness,
proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Consciousness,
from May 19-21, 2017, Miami, FL, USA,
Journal of Consciousness, Vol. 19, No. 62