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The ESP in Espionage!

Alain Nu’s May 31st, 2013 show at The International SPY Museum
Alain Nu’s May 31st, 2013 show at The International SPY Museum
Alain Nu's May 31st, 2013 show at The International SPY Museum

Alain Nu’s May 31st, 2013 show at The International SPY Museum

One of Washington DC’s most unusual attractions is The International Spy Museum. Washington, DC is home to the greatest number of spies of any city in the world, and only at this one of kind museum can you learn all about this secret world of intelligence and intrigue. My interest in spies stem from what I share with their methods: combining extreme logic with extreme intuition to take risks and be prepared for the unexpected!

On May 31st, 2013, I performed my  “ESP in Espionage” show to another full house at the International Spy Museum. This specially commissioned show outlines the governments use of psychics and remote viewers as seers for gathering military intelligence

After so many years of being fascinated with the international government use of psychic spies, it is always interesting to me how many people still seem to know nothing about it. The fact that highly credible persons such military and law enforcement personnel have documented their experiences of UFO’s seems to be more known by the average person, and these cases are seen as evidence that, in fact, “something could be going on”. After all, what seasoned airman would report seeing an unidentified flying object unless it was truly such?

In the case of psychic visions, and their accuracy, it is surprising what the military was able to, in hindsight, connect them to in terms of facts. Much like UFO’s however, regardless of the meticulous documentation of the visions or sightings, the ability to use that information in advance remains just out of grasp… at least for now.

Nonetheless serious scientific research on precognition continues, demonstrating that humans do in fact appear to have the ability to “see” things before they manifest, and experiments designed to be completely double blind continue to support that, in fact, “something is going on”.

I’ll end with these “food for thought” quotes:

“I never liked to get into debates with the skeptics, because if you didn’t believe that remote viewing was real, you hadn’t done your homework.”

–Major General Edmund R Thompson

“We had a plane go down in the Central African Republic…and we couldn’t find it. And so we oriented our satellites to fly over that spot where we thought it might be and take photographs. We couldn’t find it.

So the director of the CIA came and told me that he had contacted a woman in California that claimed to have supernatural capabilities. And she went into a trance, and she wrote down latitudes and longitudes, and we sent our satellites over that latitude and longitude, and there was the plane.

– former President Jimmy Carter

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You Must Remember This: Your Brain Just Loves A Kiss

Researchers are learning a lot about kissing. If you are surprised that researchers study kissing, you really shouldn’t be. It’s quite possibly of fundamental importance to one of the most important decisions humans make: choosing a life partner.

There are many factors that go into choosing someone to kiss. It all begins with attraction of course, which researchers continue to find is based on some perception on our parts of the health and vigor of that potential mate. along with all kinds of mysterious x-factors. However when actually kissing, our brains become incredibly active and all kinds of chemical processes take place. Somewhere in the midst of this we choose to continue kissing, or not,  based on what these chemicals tell us. The longer we kiss, the better it becomes for us, as cortisol levels associated with stress go down, and oxytocin levels associated with bonding go up. And all this is just the beginning of what scientists theorize are three interrelated brain systems, one each for sex drive/attraction, romantic love and attachment. There is clearly much more research- and kissing- to be done.

So whether your love is brand new or one that has stood the test of time, why not make Valentines Day YOUR day of EXPERIMENTATION???

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=116267

 

Why has it  become culturally standard practice to make New Years Resolutions? And why is it equally as accepted that most of them do not stick?  At first it seems reasonable enough to use the New Year as a kind of scheduled do-over opportunity. I mean, sure, its kind of arbitrary, but in that sense it is as good a time as any. And that part is true. Really ANY time is as good as any to begin to make a change. The problem lies in our continued acceptance of predictable failure. We poke fun at ourselves and others for their failures in resolve. But the parts of the brain that are behind habits as opposed to resolutions actually goes a long way to explaining this pattern.

The primitive part of our brain called the basal ganglia is the home of habits. It is programmed with responses and behaviors that we have keyed in long ago and which we follow without question. The prefrontal cortex, on the other hand, is responsible for creating new ideas, imagining outcomes and weighing risks and benefits, among many other things. What sinks our proverbial New years Resolution Ship is the basal ganglia. We revert to old habits way too easily, and our prefrontal cortex just does not act as a switch to turn off the pattern. So its not that we lack resolve, its that we lack an understanding of how habit actually works.

Most advice articles about New Years Resolutions have some worthwhile advice in them, such as 1) do not make too many 2) do not tell others about your resolutions (lest it fill you with a  false and premature sense of accomplishment) and 3) if you fail, try again. However, you owe it to yourself to watch the attached 3 minute youtube clip of Author Charles Duhigg explaining the components of habit and how to reprogram them. I have not yet seen such a concise and practical outline of how to change a behavior. Please feel free to share your responses and success stories!

Some of us may prefer not to sunbathe, but humans in general crave sunlight. We have known for some time that our exposure to the sun regulates various physical processes and that long term exposure to darkness can lead to depression, or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). What is new, however, is the research showing the unintended consequences of the long promoted use of sunblock to prevent skin cancer. The ointments and lotions we lather on our epidermis blocks out the benefits as well, and low vitamin D levels can set us up for a host of problems, including increased cancer risk. More recently, however,  two large scale clinical studies appear to indicate that we are compromising our grey matter as well.

When people with chronically low vitamin D levels were tested against those with borderline, normal and optimal vitamin D levels, the ones with the lowest levels scored the lowest on certain cognitive function and memory tests. All I can say is: when you see the sun this winter, greet it with new appreciation!

Read more: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=does-d-make-a-difference

It turns out that something as seemingly simple as gratitude could change the world.

Thanksgiving means different things to different people. In the US, it usually means being with family, and eating a lot of Turkey (or, in some households,  Tofurkey).  The history of the holiday has its roots in harvest festivals in which people give thanks for the bounty of their crop, and in this form it is celebrated around the world and has been since ancient times. It seems somewhere along the line we figured out that being grateful for what you have is a good thing. But only recently have the full implications of this been examined and studied empirically.

Positive psychology is a broad term that encompasses many different approaches to the same goal: improving quality of life through positive thinking. Most of the information you can find about the role of gratitude are found in this area of research. The consensus is that the simple act of being thankful each day for the things that are good in life, however small, appears to have a powerful affect on a person’s overall sense of well being. Several studies involving gratitude demonstrate that the changes  this practice brings about are perceivable not just by the subjects themselves (as compared to control groups) but to those in contact with them, such as family and friends. And here is where things get interesting.

Getting a glimpse into the brain science behind the phenomenon was the challenge that neuroscience PhD student and researcher Glenn Fox  from USC Dornsife set for himself. It was no small challenge either, as he had to identify and employ ways of recreating experiences of gratitude. Using imaging technology now available, he undertook the first empirical study of the effects of the emotion of gratitude on the human brain. His methods and findings, which earned him an award from Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation, give us  insight into how we might improve the condition of our world. This is because gratitude correlates in the human brain with deep bonding and joy and a desire to do good for others. There are strong implications for how a good society is built, because the good is passed from person to person, creating a “ virtuous cycle”.

So, quite literally, be grateful; it will make the world, at least your corner of it, a better place!

Read about the study here:

http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/1088/from-the-bottom-of-my-heart/

I don’t know about you, but I watched this last Presidential Debate very closely. In some ways, I did not expect anything new, but I’ve been thinking lately about the way we watch and interpret these things. Because of my interest in how body language and subtle expression can reveal what is in the mind, I look very closely at all kinds of nuances . But just how many of these nuances are actually spontaneous or “genuine”? I think most of us have heard by now that candidates go through a lot of coaching in order to learn how to force a smile while their opponent is contradicting them, but some of those smiles will look more forced than others. Everything we communicate through our face, words, and body results in a marriage of both our conscious and unconscious thoughts…

My favorite way of watching all the Presidential Debates this year was with the split screen (on CNN), because this artificial focus on two faces at the same time allows me to really appreciate just how much both candidates are working to keep it together. Knowing that literally an entire nation is hanging on not just what they say, but how they say it, and how they look all the while must be unnerving. Yet both candidates appeared pretty collected this time around. It was mentioned that Romney was perspiring  whereas Obama seemed quite composed, but it was not too easily noticeable to someone who  did not watch for it. My overall assessment was that the opinion of the nation on the debates would end up being divided between party lines.

But the thing that most intrigued me about the most recent and final debates, which you will also find happens to be the thing that is being talked about the most, is how Governor Mitt Romney seemed to avoid any of the President’s remarks to hold him to a past-position he had, by simply responding to the President flat out that what was being said was not true and then by being agreeable to most of Obama’s policies on foreign issues. President Obama seemed ready to present his views on most all foreign concerns as contrasting from Romney’s, so it was confusing for the President to argue with Romney without looking as if he was being aggressive with the Governor, especially while Romney seemed to even praise and embrace many of Obama’s already instilled policies. I don’t think John Kerry, who acted as Mitt Romney while preparing President Obama for the debates, could have ever expected that Romney would use such a debate tactic.

One must admit, it’s a strange tactic. But it’s used time and time again by influential communicators. In a way, it’s as simple as Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” It is considered purely as an effective way of communicating to make people find you interesting and attractive. President Obama was on top of his game as well. He was forceful, presidential, and unwavering in his stances. He was also equipped with one or two quite witty remarks. But it was as if Mitt Romney was using a “”Drunken Monkey” style against Obama’s more “Well-Rounded” approach, leaving democrats scratching their heads, wondering what in the world just happened.

By the end of the debates, it appears that we have the choice between two men, one with liberal values, and the other with conservative values, but whose opinions on foreign policy, by the end of the most recent debate, seem similar enough…

So how prepared could they be in their outward projection of their personal expression in addition to their being able to answer with clarity the actual questions?

For more on the subject of Body Language, Big Bird, Binders, and Bayonets, check out this recent article from the Bradenton Herald: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/10/23/4249290/debate-impressions-a-reversal.html 

I will refrain to make a prediction about this year’s election. That might be MY smartest position yet.

Last month, April 21st, I posted on this blog (in the last entry):

<<I’ve been wanting to exercise my sensitivity to feel a shift in the odds, when judging highly sensitive outcomes. Currently, I’ve heard buzz of the fact that Jon Jones (the current belt-holder and the much larger of the two) has 6 to 1 odds of beating former champion Rashad Evans. I also have heard that Barnett has a fair chance of beating Cormier (for May 19th in Strikeforce).

I want to come out before the start of the fights tonight by saying that although Jones has a HUGE advantage in size, youth, and quite possibly strength, the CHANCES are GOOD that the WIN will go to RASHAD EVANS. Sometimes the odds favoring someone else falls to the other side. Tonight, I’m just saying, there’s a good chance that that will happen. If it does, it may happen as a DECISION WIN.

Though I’m no gambler, I’m doubling-down my odds-beater for a Cormier win over Josh Barnett in May.>>

Last night’s Strikeforce main event was the grand finale of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, and as I predicted nearly a month ago, Daniel Cormier defeated the much larger Josh Barnett with an upset-win after a unanimous judges decision.

Although my prediction last month of an Evans victory didn’t go quite as planned, Evans had only a 1 out of 6 chance of beating Jones, and yet managed to fight Jones to a decision loss, so regardless, I did predict it would go to a decision, and I did predict several upset-fights for that evening’s card, and finished off with a successful “long distance upset-prediction” of  last night’s Cormier-victory!

Daniel Cormier, a native of Louisiana, who wasn’t originally even supposed to be a part of the Strikeforce Grand Prix, came in as a last minute replacement for Alistair Overeem after an injury when the Grand Prix began. As a virtual no-name, Cormier quickly rose to the top and took the Heavyweight Champion Belt with now an unblemished 10 and 0 record!

PREDICTION: 1/1 SUCCESSFUL

I’ve been so busy lately, but I wanted to try my feelings on this before it became too late.

Tonight is UFC 145 with the title fight between Light Heavyweight champion titleholder Jon “Bones” Jones and former champ, Rashad Evans. And for MMA fans, the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix fight between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier is scheduled for May 19.

Something interesting may happen here.

I’ve been wanting to exercise my sensitivity to feel a shift in the odds, when judging highly sensitive outcomes. Currently, I’ve heard buzz of the fact that Jon Jones (the current belt-holder and the much larger of the two) has 6 to 1 odds of beating former champion Rashad Evans. I also have heard that Barnett has a fair chance of beating Cormier.

I want to come out before the start of the fights tonight by saying that although Jones has a HUGE advantage in size, youth, and quite possibly strength, the CHANCES are GOOD that the WIN will go to RASHAD EVANS. Sometimes the odds favoring someone else falls to the other side. Tonight, I’m just saying, there’s a good chance that that will happen. If it does, it may happen as a DECISION WIN.

Though I’m no gambler, I’m doubling-down my odds-beater for a Cormier win over Josh Barnett in May.

These predictions have nothing to do with my interest in any of them as fighters– I actually have a great respect  for both Jones and Barnett and their unusual styles. There is a side of me that has been reluctant  to post the win for Evans as he has the odds seriously against him for tonight’s bout. But at this last minute, I’ve decided to post my feelings about both fights and see what unfolds.

I simply LOVE witnessing as odds get beat, and a feeling overcame me that this might happen tonight, so really looking forward to check it out, and regardless of what happens, may the best man win!

Meanwhile, here is what I’ve noticed others have predicted would be the outcome for the rest of the UFC 145 bouts:

Torres wins over McDonald by strikes to submission

Bocek wins over Alessio by submission

Hominick wins over Yagin by knockout

Schaub wins over Rothwell by TKO

MacDonald wins over Mils by submission or strikes

Watch out for upsets in at least half of these…

POST 4-22-12: What I find interesting here, is that I had an overall feeling that last night would be a night that “tables would turn.” It just didn’t happen on the “main event” card with Jones and Evans, but the title fight did end up being a DECISION WIN, as I predicted,  although it went to the champion. Nonetheless, with 6 to 1 odds of winning, one wouldn’t even expect it to come from a judges decision.

So this time, my over-arching prediction was more about the potentiality of upsets. It was simply a feeling I got as I thought about my predicting skills, I chastised myself for picking in the past what would be the obvious winners. So I tried to figure out “what” I might feel if the obvious choice was threatened… Well, evidently it’s not easy to pin-point, but I did receive a signal to throw my bones out to the underdogs last night, and although there were still fights that ended up with the expected victories, there DID APPEAR to be strangely more upsets than usual:

As expected Mark Bocek and Rory MacDonald took their wins along with the now elite champion, Jon Jones… but all these men worked for it, and Rory MacDonald was mentioned to have a huge advantage over Che Mils.

On the other hand…

Ben Rothwell technically knocked out Brendan Schaub in the first round upsetting a favored Schaub victory.

Unknown Michael McDonald knocked ex-champion Miguel Torres unconscious.

Eddie Yagin, who had a 5 to 1 disadvantage to Mark Hominick, left the elite striker visibly battered, and won by a split decision.

So although I did NOT succeed in my title fight prediction, SOMETHING was in the air that caused a disruption in what would be the expected patterns…

OUTCOME: 3 SUCCESSFUL / 3 UNSUCCESSFUL (50%)

PREDICTION OF TITLE FIGHT ENDING IN A DECISION: SUCCESSFUL

OVER-ARCHING PREDICTION OF “UPSETS”: SUCCESSFUL

Here's Clover

I had to take a short time off from making predictions… Basically my life being a performer/presenter ended up getting in the way of everything. I was just about to get started into making fun American Idol predictions when suddenly a “busy-spell” hit. I had a corporate event that I had to do for a venture capital group, then only had a limited amount of time to complete writing a 60 minute live program designed for “Guaranteed Improved Memory.” This was followed by family events, another corporate event in Boston for a high tech company, an association event in Minnesota, the Easter Holiday, and a show in Aruba. As a small business, my earnings can almost directly be related to how much I am asked to make appearances, and this brings me to my first subject…

Recently, the General Services Administration received a bit of grief after hiring a “mindreader and motivational speaker” for their Las Vegas Convention, at taxpayers expense. I just want to say that although they did approach me, I intuitively knew not to accept that engagement… Seriously however, as hugely over-the-top as the GSA may have been overall, let me take a moment to stand for the speaker entertainer. Having a competent and entertaining speaker appear at events of any kind, in my opinion can be seen as an investment as opposed to an extravagance. A good entertainer, regardless of the gimmick that they use to convey their message, will inspire, educate, excite and entertain a group into realizing their own importance as individuals within your company or agency as well as a valuable asset to their team. A good speaker will polarise a company towards positive action while engaging them and making it fun. Las Vegas is fun. So why mind at all that our tax dollars would go to making a Vegas trip include some good clean fun? Compared to the Secret Service scandal in Cartagena, Columbia, this is a bit more than apples to oranges…

Going back to my American Idol predictions, I had let so much time pass, and I HAVEN’T been keeping track of any of it, that I am going to leave it hanging for now. The last time I looked, I had about three out of five correct, but I will have to verify, and that’s the part that is the most painstaking in doing these predictions. Being the father of a six year old, perhaps I’ve reached the threshold of feeling I should only have to be put through so much with regards to uninteresting time-consumption.

MY PERSONAL MARCH PREDICTIONS AND BEYOND

While March Madness, American Idol and the GOP nominee seemed to be concerning the lives of most Americans, I made predictions in far less globally important things. A kitten followed me and my family home (while walking our two dogs) from the park. I predicted that as smart and friendly as she was, I didn’t think she was “tagged,” (which allows pet owners to track down their pets by GPS) and that we would be able to keep her. This prediction was SUCCESSFUL, so now our newest member of our family is “Clover,” a black and white tuxedo kitten! And since cats run the internet, I have attached a photo… (see above)

Within a week before I had to leave for Aruba (which was a very fun trip!), I found myself with a misplaced passport. My wife “looked everywhere” and had given up completely at trying to locate it. So allowing my mind to settle into a calm subconscious state, I made two predictions. First, that I would find it in my old studio, which is currently under reconstruction, and second, that I would find it in a “drawer.” Sure enough, when I walked into my studio and opened the first drawer I came to, I found my passport. WIN! 🙂

Also during this time, I was considering how I might make a prediction regarding the recently won Mega-Million Dollar Lottery. I decided that rather than try to predict the number that would win (which might have been interesting), I would try to predict which US state that would announce the winner. So I asked, on Facebook, for anyone who felt like it, to imagine which US STATE they thought the lottery might be won in, and then post five of the first US states that came to mind. It ended up being a “wash” however. Although the majority of my friends DID predict my home-state of Maryland, I ended up deleting and disqualifying all of my MD entries since I figured that it would be mentioned because either I or they came from that state. in the end, as if for the sole purpose to screw up my experiment, Maryland was the US state where it was won… just not by me.

Meanwhile in my January 6th, 2012 entry of this blog, where I practically opened this year’s blog with the joke, “‘the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence’ … would be a great line for a rapper,” I replied to a comment after being asked if I had any scientific breakthrough predictions for 2012 saying, “I see us getting very close, if not ready to release the first “quantum computer” that may be partially thought-controlled!”

Recently I found this link regarding the possible discovery of a subatomic particle called the Majorana Fermion, which if confirmed, may very well be useful in carrying bits of information used in Quantum Computers! Check out: http://news.yahoo.com/mysterious-particle-found-decades-searching-130005728.html

Last year, The Academy, along with the help of Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, held a special promotion in Las Vegas which commissioned me to predict in advance the Academy Awards 30 days ahead of time, after which it was sealed in a lock-box and kept secure at the Nevada Federal Credit until the day after Oscar Night, when its contents was finally revealed on ABC’s The Morning Blend http://themanwhoknows.tv/newsreviews.html. The prediction was just short of being dead-on, along with predictions of James Franco dressing as a woman, and Melissa Leo cursing out loud on stage!

On January 9th of this year, I made FIVE predictions on this very blog for the Golden Globe Awards (SIX days in advance), and was dead-on with all my picks including that someone would be “seen wearing a bird on their body”, after which Emma Stone was seen wearing a large “Eagle” as her belt ornament!

This year, Feb 26th, 2012, although I was invited, I forfeited attending the Oscar Night in Las Vegas so I could attend the National Association of Campus Activities on that same weekend in Charlotte, NC! I’ve been entertaining university campuses all over America for a good long while but have been mostly “out of the scene” for a few years now. So this year, though I won’t be showcasing the mainstage, I WILL be represented by GP Entertainment at their booth along with the TLC Ghost Hunters, Chris Fleming from Psychic Kids, and singer songwriter, Jackie Tohn!

My college/university program is, simply put, a “Nu-Way” of seeing yourself. Using demonstrations of mind control, psychic awareness, and experiencing the inexplicable, students get to watch themselves read each other’s minds, predict the future, and witness as solid metal spoons bend and twist like snakes!!! Entertaining people with notions that defy the impossible is my personal specialty!

At the GP Entertainment BOOTH at the NACA National Conference, I will POST my Oscar Predictions for THIS YEAR that will be announced on that SAME SUNDAY NIGHT, so in case you’re planning on being there and you’re reading this, come by and say hello, and check my predictions against the outcome that same weekend!!!

HERE are my 2012 OSCAR PICKS as of Feb 17th at 9am (9 days prior to Oscar Night!):

(The Academy Awards will all be given on the evening of FEB 26th on ABC)

BEST ACTRESS: will end up being a toss up between Viola Davis in “The Help” and the amazing Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”, but my gut tells me that Viola Davis will receive the Oscar that evening. Upon receiving it, she will shed some tears but will say something (regarding her family?) that will cause laughter.

BEST ACTOR: will likewise be a toss up between George Clooney in “The Descendants” and Jean Dujardin in “The Artist,” and this time I think the Oscar will go to the very talented Jean Dujardin!  He will “act out” in some way– something memorable will happen.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: will easily go to “Rango.”

BEST DIRECTOR : Though Martin Scorcese won the Golden Globe for Best Director (which I predicted last month), the Oscar will be given to Michel Hazanavicius for his work on “The Artist” and he will receive the award with dignity.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: will go to Octavia Spencer who also won the Golden Globe Award for her role in “The Help.” She will be genuinely thrilled at receiving this award and say something (like an old saying?) that will get a huge laugh from the audience.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: I didn’t mention him during the Golden Globe Awards, but he did win Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Beginners” with Ewan McGregor. If Christopher Plummer takes home the Oscar, this will be his first one– and I predict he WILL and with dignity!

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Brad Pitt in the Moneyball will be the main contender, but my FIRST thought was to say “The Descendants” will take home the Oscar, and after my lesson learned from Super Bowl XLVI, in which I decidedly turned against my original (and correct) thought, this time I’m sticking with “The Descendants.”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: I’m feeling, will go to “Midnight in Paris” written and directed by the incomparable Woody Allen. A good friend tells me that he will not be attending the Oscars and that he never does. Nonetheless,  he will be genuinely appreciative and may say something smart, witty, and succinct in the privacy of his own home to those in his company.

BEST PICTURE: will go to “The Artist” who I predict will also take home the most (3) Oscars this year, followed by “The Help” which will take home two awards.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: There will be a celebratory incident after the awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel at the Polo Club later that evening. “Something else” will happen on that same evening that may take some attention away from the televised event on that evening- it’s unclear, but possibly political or an act of God.

NOW COME VISIT ME at the NACA NAtional Conference in Charlotte, NC Feb 25 through 29 to check my predictions and EVEN WATCH the Academy Awards on TV with ME on that SUNDAY NIGHT!!!

POST 2-27-12:

First of all, I want to THANK all of you, who stopped by to visit me here in this little part of the “inter-web” to take part in following my 2012 Oscar picks, and THANK YOU especially to all the students who stopped by to visit me in person at GP Entertainment (http://www.gpcollegeentertainment.com/artist_details.php?id=7). My time spent with delegates from hundreds of universities and colleges at the NACA National Conference held this year in Charlotte, NC, was a phenomenal one– I met SO MANY AWESOME PEOPLE from all over the United States, and it was exciting and fun to share with them some of my signature demonstrations. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, each time I mentioned my Oscar Predictions, students were snapping photos of our board that posted them with their cellphones, and anticipating whether or not I would get any of them right (!).

True, much has changed over the past few decades for the Oscars. Once upon a time, it was much easier to predict the results as it seemed as if there were far less blockbuster movies that came out each year. These days, with all the independent efforts that are put out in the film industry, trying to nail an overall prediction for the Academy Awards has become far more difficult. Nonetheless, NINE DAYS before last night, I decided to quickly post my initial thoughts…

THE RESULTS: I got EIGHT out of NINE correct, missing only on Best Actress, which I predicted would be Viola Davis (it was my FIRST entry, so perhaps I was not yet quite in my “zone.” At any rate, BIG CONGRATULATIONS  to Meryl Streep (who I inwardly did feel was most deserving of the Oscar)! I even posted on my Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alain-Nu/68697657798) on February 22, that I actually WANTED Meryl Streep to win Best Actress, but that Viola Davis entered my mind first, so let’s hear it for the Law of Governing Intention! In a way, however, this opens up a new lesson for us in the “predicting department”:

The best thing to know about uncertainty, is that is its NATURE. There is no “rule” on how to predict the future that anyone can ALWAYS depend on. And sometimes, intention appears to be a genuine outlying factor to uncertainty.  So maybe the best set of rules to making successful predictions is to “go with your gut impression,” try your best to “do so with no emotional expectation,” and consider that emotional pitch may sway some outcomes. As this blog shows, predicting the future is not an exact science. But what I’ll predict NOW is that we can learn to control the consistency of making the right choice MOST OF THE TIME, even in the most random circumstances. And although at first it might not seem relevant, showing a regular consistency over chance IS actually quite interesting! So far, I have been hitting an average of about 89%, and that’s STILL hitting an “honor roll” GPA for my guesses!

Because of the NACA conference scheduling, unfortunately, I was in the middle of meeting-and-greeting with everyone in the exhibit hall while the Oscars were being aired, so my plan to watch the Oscars with students at NACA Nationals in Charlotte was stifled, and I unfortunately did not get a chance to see them. Nonetheless, just counting the awards alone, I got 8 out of 9 CORRECT- about 89%, squeaking me into the honor roll category Indiana Jones-style!

OVERALL SCORE: 8 SUCCESSFUL / 1 UNSUCCESSFUL