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End Notes to: Flying a Kite


The following notes are a bridge between the fictional world of this novel and reality. They amplify points raised within the story and prove the underlying facts are sometimes just as strange as the fiction. After seeing an End Note reference number within the novel you can explore it further by finding it below, reading the note, and, where appropriate, then clicking the link. I hope they help substantiate the substance of my protagonist's conclusions. They show this novel is more than just fiction!

Bible References

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End Notes

  1. Luke 12:25 and Matthew 6:27 tell how Jesus pointed out that worry cannot add one hour to our lives.

  2. Look online at http://www.alcor.org/FAQs/faq01.html for FAQs on cryonics, or http://www.alcor.org/FAQs/faq02.html#neuropreservation for neuropreservation.

  3. In addition to his biological work, Richard Dawkins is well-known for his views on religion. He is an outspoken atheist and a prominent critic of creationism and intelligent design.

  4. Comedian Dick Emery made the phrase “Oh, you are awful, but I like you,” widely known in the 70s.

  5. Was Bertie confused or fibbing? Maybe he was thinking of Paramahansa Yogananda, who wrote Autobiography of a Yogi. Maybe Bertie read that. Certainly Yogananda was an exceptional man for after he died, like a true saint, his body was incorruptible. Time Magazine reported the following on August 4, 1952: “Harry T. Rowe, Los Angeles Mortuary Director of the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California (where Yogananda's body was embalmed), stated in a notarized letter: 'The absence of any visual signs of decay in the dead body of Paramahansa Yogananda offers the most extraordinary case in our experience… No physical disintegration was visible in his body even twenty days after death... No indication of mould was visible on his skin, and no visible drying up took place in the bodily tissues. This state of perfect preservation of a body is, so far as we know from mortuary annals, an unparalleled one... No odour of decay emanated from his body at any time...'”(See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramahansa_Yogananda)

  6. The experience Bertie described was pretty much identical to one described by Paramahansa Yogananda in his autobiography. See the previous note.

  7. If it could ever be achieved, the “Theory of Everything” (TOE) would be a theory of theoretical physics that fully explained and linked together all known physical phenomena. (For further details see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_everything).

  8. In addition to his biological work, Richard Dawkins is well-known for his views on religion. He is an outspoken atheist and a prominent critic of creationism and intelligent design.

  9. These lyrics quote the Bryan Adams hit: (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.

  10. Do shared dreams seem far-fetched? Not so. “Reciprocal”, “mutual” or “shared” dreams are documented fact, although one with such close interaction is probably much rarer. They can even be induced by two people who know each other well, agreeing, say, to dream they visit the park. The author did actually experience an unexpected spontaneous shared dream with his wife that was just as lucid as this; his shared dream bore no similarity to this fictional dream, but was similarly unrelated to preceding circumstances or real events, past or subsequent. This is therefore a possible scenario. Could it be that shared dreams are much more common than we imagine? Maybe we should talk to those whom we dream about a little more: there may be some surprising discoveries to be made. This concept gives rise to some challenging questions about “shared” or “overlapping” consciousness: questions that will be explored later in this novel. If consciousness can merge, what does this say about the nature of our consciousness in relation to a purely physical brain?

  11. Bishop Ussher’s calculation for the date of creation is to be found online at: http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/ussher.htm.

  12. In Romans 14:22, Paul advises us to not make an issue out of some matter of biblical interpretation if it might shake a weaker person’s faith.

  13. Genesis 4:16-17 describes how Cain went to live in the Land of Nod and created a city he named after his son. This makes it clear we are not all directly descended from the famous Adam and Eve since the people dwelling there were not.

  14. Matthew 2:9 raises the tricky question of how a star could stop over the specific location where Jesus was born. (Bruce comes up with a possible answer to this in Chapter 19.)

  15. The extracts are from Ezekiel 1. The basis for this “alien visitor theory” is well documented in the book: The Spaceships of Ezekiel by J. F. Blumrich—who really was an ex-NASA chief. So far as the author of Flying a Kite is concerned, there is little to recommend this line of thought—other than his fictional character, Victor Freed.

  16. Genesis 19 describes Lot’s meeting with two strangers he calls both men and angels. They destroyed the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

  17. Lord Geddes related his near-death experience to the Royal Medical Society in Edinburgh in 1937. This is according to the book: Man's Concern with Death, by Arnold Toynbee; A. Keith Mant; Ninian Smart; John Hinton; Simon Yudkin; Eric Rhode; Rosalind Heywood; H.H. Price. (Click here for a longer extract of his account.)

  18. This experience of a heightened state of consciousness is taken from: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.

  19. Mission Santa Barbara, in the Parish of St. Barbara, was the tenth Californian mission to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans in 1786. For further details see: http://www.sbmission.org/history.shtml.

  20. “Concognito” is purely fictional and bears no resemblance to any known drugs.

  21. Wind tunnel tests of a proposed spacecraft were discussed in the public domain by Roger A. Anderson, Structures Technology—1964, Astronautics and Aeronautics, December 1964.

  22. The Emperor Ashoka, who lived in the Third Century BC, was one of the greatest and most influential rulers of Indian history. He was the last of the great Mauryan Emperors and began his rule with demonstrations of military prowess. He conquered the eastern country known as Kalinga (in modern Orissa) before renouncing the military life and promoting the Buddhist concepts of dharma—the principles of “right life”, which were followed by the historical Lord Buddha Gautama Sakyamuni in his successful quest for personal enlightenment. It was the misery and suffering Ashoka had unleashed on his people through his military campaigns that persuaded him to change his life completely. For further details see:
    http://www.fsmitha.com/h1/india3.htm.

  23. For further details about ancient evidence of previous advanced civilisations and their flying craft refer to:
    http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc173.htm and http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc161.htm.

  24. The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, in collaboration with the Charite University Hospital and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, have, indeed, carried experiments out with a scanner that show electrical activity within the brain associated with a simple left-right decision precedes a person’s conscious knowledge of making that decision by anything up to 7 seconds. For further information see:
    http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Unconscious_Decisions_
    In_The_Brain_999.html
    .

  25. R. Dawkins in Is Science a Religion?, The Humanist 567 (1977): 26-29, said that “religion was one of the world’s greatest evils and more catching than smallpox.”

  26. Dawkins is hostile towards religion because of the faith it induces. Such is the power of religion. The author points out scientists just put all their faith in each other. What Dawkins says can be read at:
    http://www.beliefnet.com/story/203/story_20334_1.html
    [ALT LINK] That link no longer takes you anywhere useful. But try http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/dawkins.htm for typical Dawkins quotes such as: "Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."
    -- Richard Dawkins, Untitled Lecture, Edinburgh Science Festival (1992)

  27. 1 Corinthians 14:29 clearly states we should weigh religious statements against our beliefs and not accept them blindly. So there is nothing wrong with thinking hard about the grounds of your faith.

  28. “Shared” or “reciprocal” dreams are a reality and are well documented. The author experienced just as realistic a reciprocal dream as that related here with his wife, although the content of the dream about dogs is purely fictional.

  29. Genesis 19 describes how unusual visitors were shocked by the sexual perversions in Sodom.

  30. The Language of God—a Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis Collins, is written by the famous scientist and head of the Human Genome Project in America. It describes how his faith is perfectly in line with the discoveries of science, in which he is a pioneer.

  31. In God and the Astronomers, Robert Jastrow voices the opinion that when scientists make their greatest discoveries they will unexpectedly find themselves coming into line with theologians.

  32. I have written an article on my website which supports all that Emma here reveals to Bruce. Read it for more detail, for pictures of the trees, and for links:
    http://www.iankingsley.com/articles/012-the-genesis-of-man.php

  33. Luke 23:39-43 describes the conversation between Jesus and the criminals crucified with him. He tells one he will be with him in paradise “today”.

  34. John 14:1-5 tells how Jesus explained there were many rooms in his Father’s house—or heaven.

  35. Luke 22:3-5 explains that Satan entered Judas Iscariot in order to betray Jesus.

  36. Luke 17:21 contains Jesus’ reference to the “Kingdom of God” being “within you”.

  37. “String-Theory”—also called “M-Theory”—proposes that the myriad of particle types be replaced by a single fundamental building block called a “string”. These strings can be closed, like loops, or open, like a hair. As the string moves through time it traces out a sheet or tube, according to whether it is open or closed. The string is free to vibrate, and different vibrationary modes of the string represent different particle types, since different modes are seen as different masses or spins. One mode of vibration, or “note”, makes the string appear as an electron, another as a photon, etc. Yet another is a graviton, the particle carrying the force of gravity. String theory avoids infinities—and gravity is an essential element of String Theory. String Theory offers the great hope of leading to the longed-for “Theory of Everything”. (It is worth noting that for generations mediums have relayed messages from those in the spirit realms who have talked about these realms existing at different “vibration rates”—yet they knew nothing of String Theory! (Independent supporting evidence, maybe?) See “Cambridge Relativity: Quantum Gravity” for further general information on the theory:
    http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gr/public/qg_ss.html.

  38. One of the laws given by God to Moses in Leviticus 19:31 is: “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”

  39. The 14th century logician and Franciscan friar, William of Ockham, derived a theory which can me summarised to say that the simplest explanation for something is most likely to be correct. For more on this see: http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/occam.htm

  40. In his Message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Evolution, on October 22nd, 1996, Pope John Paul II admitted that evolution should be considered as more than a hypothesis in the light of the scientific evidence. Even his predecessor, Pope Pius XI, clarified the point that if the human body comes from living matter which existed previously, the spiritual soul is still created directly from God. This perfectly aligns with Bruce’s conclusions! (See the full transcript at: http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP961022.HTM)

  41. As read out by Bruce, a document produced for the Vatican as the result of an international theological commission, put it in black-and-white that the Catholic Church now accepts Big Bang theory and evolution as part of God’s process of evolution. See this document at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/cti_documents/
    rc_con_cfaith_doc_20040723_communion-stewardship_en.html

  42. Genesis 6:1-2 clearly delineates between ordinary mankind (what Bruce would describe as “evolutionary man”) and a higher form of man described as “the sons of God” (or “heavenly beings” in some Bible translations: those Bruce would term “Man given mind”). Indeed, as following verses in Genesis 6 describe, it was the sexual union between the sons of God and the ordinary girls (without mind) that led to God’s anger and their descendents becoming mortal thereafter (verse 3). From a scientific viewpoint, note the genetic results of this congress: “In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times” (Genesis 6:4 NLT). No one knew about genetics then, but the result of interbreeding—unwanted by God—confirms the two kinds of mankind theory and how mankind interfered with God’s intended plan. No wonder he was angry: so angry, he brought about the Great Flood—and that great survivor: Noah.

  43. In A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking states that the conditions for the emergence on our universe and life were extremely critical—even though he would sooner believe it all happened by chance rather than by design.

  44. The University of Virginia Health System website has information about reincarnation that stems from things children as young as 2-5 have spoken about. See:
    http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/Internet/personalitystudies/
    case_types.cfm#CORT

    [ALT LINK] The above link is now broken. Try instead: https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/

  45. Luke 24:13-35 describes how two of Jesus’ followers walked with him but, at first, did not recognise him in his resurrected form.

  46. Luke 17:21 NKJV contains Jesus’ reference to the “Kingdom of God” being “within you”.

  47. John 3:12 tells how Jesus admitted how impossible it would be for people to understand him if he talked about the true nature of heavenly things.

  48. Matthew 2:9-11 describes how a star led the wise men to where baby Jesus was. Bruce comes up with an interesting theory here, but it is no more than that. Mind you, if you can come up with a better one that explains how a real star could lead anyone to a precise location, do let me know.

  49. Acts 9:3-5 tells of how a light from heaven flashed around Saul (later renamed Paul).

  50. I first read about so-called “Beings-of-Light” in 1975 in Raymond Moody Junior’s book Life After Life; Moody is a respected psychiatrist, lecturer and researcher, and a leading authority on the near-death experience. He gained first-hand experience from patients who had near-death experiences. Virtually all of these experienced the presence of some form of light as emanating peace and well-being, and many associated it with Christ—as they would be so inclined if they were Christians. Since then there is evidence that some people’s experience with such an entity suggested it was far from Christ-like. However, in Saul’s experience, when a strange light blinded him on the road to Damascus, it identified itself quite clearly as Jesus (Acts 9:3-5). So how do we resolve this apparent dilemma? Quite simply by understanding that the light form may be Jesus or it may be another spirit. Some evidence suggests that a bright light emanating speech is a just a manifestation of a spirit presence in an alternative form to a bodily form: what I term “remote sensing”; when you are communicating with an intelligence that is not actually present in its bodily form its spirit body may be elsewhere. (This is discussed in Life in the World Unseen by Anthony Borgia). People should not assume a “Being-of-Light” represents a single identity exhibiting ambivalent attitudes. Like an interaction with any other entity—indeed, like messages or revelations delivered in churches, or by any means—each must be assessed on the evidence and with reference to your spiritual beliefs; the general advice in 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 is that “the spiritual man makes judgements about all things.” If you ever experience a Being-of-Light, why not just ask who it is? In Moody’s book, this form is predominantly concerned with reassuring a person near-to-death, a kind of intermediary guide somewhere between heaven and earth.

  51. In the book Carl Jung, Dr. C. George Boeree links Jung’s idea of “synchronicity” to the Hindu view of reality: one of a single consciousness as the foundation for all entities. Read about this online at: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html

  52. Genesis 6:5-8 says: “When the Lord saw how wicked everyone on earth was and how evil their thoughts were all the time, he was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. He was so filled with regret that he said, ‘I will wipe out these people I have created, and also the animals and the birds, because I am sorry that I made any of them.’ But the Lord was pleased with Noah.” And the rest, as they say, is history.

  53. Matthew 17:1-3 describes the “Transfiguration of Jesus”, during which he met and talked to the spirit forms of Moses and Elijah.

  54. Luke 23:43 tells how Jesus promised the repentant criminal on the adjacent cross that “today you will be in Paradise with me.”

  55. John 5:24 records the fact that Jesus told people that if they believed what he said, and in him, they would not be judged and had already “crossed over from death to life”. My interpretation is that this guarantees they pass straight into heaven after their physical death.

  56. Bruce had in mind Ephesians 2:8-10 which says: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

  57. The diagram showing the Hindu view of reality appears in Chapter 19.

  58. Genesis 4:16-17 describes how Cain went to live in the Land of Nod: evidence that other people existed in those early times that are not delineated in the family tree of Adam and Eve. In other words, the scope of Genesis was not intended to cover the whole of mankind existing at the time.

Epiphany

The following is taken from the book and is intended to be read after reading the entire novel.

When my protagonist, Bruce Kramer, summed-up what best justified his argument, he said: ‘I’m merely employing synergy. Nothing I’m saying is entirely new, but I do show how bringing it all together results in unity and simplicity.’ I think this synergy should be perceived as fact. Did you suspend disbelief while reading this story? Has that disbelief since turned into belief?

According to one dictionary definition, science “refers, in its broadest sense, to any systematic knowledge-base or prescriptive practice that is capable of resulting in a prediction or predictable type of outcome”. In short, science predicts, it does not explain why anything happens. “Occam's Razor” states the simplest explanation for anything is most likely to be correct, so I suggest Bruce’s conclusions do offer a beautiful simplicity. That is why this is his—and my—epiphany. Could it also be yours?

How ironic the majority of scientists believe achieving a “Theory of Everything” would obviate the need for a God when, to my mind, it would prove the opposite: unity in all things and the assured existence of the single creative intelligence behind it that many of us call “God”.

Theories can be honed through knowledge. Science gives us a privileged viewpoint from which to take a modern look at creation that was not available to the Bible’s original readers, some 2,000 years ago. According to John 3:12, Jesus confirmed this when he said: “I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” As our understanding of the world grows so should our grasp of the Bible—and the fact God knows we need to have a tangible relationship with him through personalities: either directly or through Jesus.

If you enjoyed or benefited from reading this book then it would be great to hear from you about it via my email contact address.

I would be so grateful if you could pass on the message that Flying a Kite is an entertaining novel that shows how science can substantiate the Bible for those who doubt there is a God. Here are some ways: tell friends; post book reviews on Amazon; mention it in churches, forums, blogs, book review websites and social media. Every contribution towards stronger faith in the world is beneficial in this doubting age. If your recommendation of this book as an accessible read leads to more people being able to believe in God then both our efforts were worthwhile. Thank you so much for your time and help.

–Ian Kingsley


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