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The Angel Effect

2011, Mystery  -   130 Comments
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The Angel EffectThis documentary tries to break the barrier between science and the supernatural. It is based on Geiger's book The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible, which profiles people in high-risk occupations who have survived near-death experiences with assistance from an unseen presence.

A 9/11 survivor, an astronaut and a sea diver - each felt a mysterious presence that guided them to safety in their time of greatest peril.

"This phenomenon is tremendously underreported," Geiger told TV critics. "When I started looking into it, climbers, solo sailors, shipwreck survivors, polar explorers - none wanted to talk about it because they're very tough men and women, and to concede there may be something else at play might be perceived as a sign of psychological weakness."

Geiger appeared at the National Geographic session alongside NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger, who spent several months aboard the Russian space station Mir on what was later described as the most dangerous mission in space travel history.

Linenger claims he felt the presence of his deceased father during the disastrous mission's lowest ebb. "I heard him talking to me, saying, 'Jerry, I'm proud of you. You always wanted to be an astronaut. You're going to make it through this.' And it was a positive thing that got me through the situation," said Linenger.

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C.K
C.K
7 years ago

Hey guys so I understand everyone had their own beliefs but insulting others and putting down their own understandings and belief systems.... It's not right.

realist
realist
8 years ago

I think maybe the 3rd man effect , jumped out of my brain and into the thugs brains and they spared my life. Its amazing that these scientists and non-believers can here 1000 different stories of people who have actually been in these situations and try and come up with something that is more unbelievable than theirs.

realist
realist
8 years ago

Their was a time when I was in a really bad neighborhood late at night, I got lost and I was suddenly surrounded by 5 or 6 thugs 2 with guns and they pulled them on me, I had no money on me and I was in sheer terror........were was that part of my brain that goes in automatic survival mode that everyone has, all I could do was stand their and let them do whatever they wanted, when they found out I was useless to them they all just left.........but the many seconds I was in terror.......I got no help from this scientific part of my brain that tells me what to do. I guess this scientific fact that debunks angels works on everyone else but me.

Deathbed
Deathbed
8 years ago

All of you write your sh@! as if it were facts and pound others beliefs and refer to there intellect as that of an infant. You call religion the meaning for wars? Question why millions die with out being saved by Angels? Why? Because there's a lot of people just like you in this world and unfortunately some rise to positions of great power with the ability to chose who lives or dies based upon their likes, dislikes, prejudice and hate. These people were all sure (just like you!) that what they perceived to be right and proper was THE only way it could be. I try to learn about quantum physics and you point to that as some factual evidence of man's inner workings and reason for being? It's all a guess and unproven! You insult others as if you had some power to judge who and what is right to believe in your pompous confidence of your absolute certainty of life and death. The fact is (although your all knowing scientific matter of fact lying a@! self would never admit it) each and every one of you will beg to God for forgiveness (if only to cover your worthless being for living a totally self revolving life)as you draw your last breath. Take a long look in the mirror with out your worldly educated colleagues around and tell yourself with 100% certainty that God doesn't exist. Then, if you do, do society a favor and terminate your worthless existence.God is love. Money is the root of all evil.

Sebastian
Sebastian
10 years ago

We hear lots of stories about people being told by invisible "beings" to be careful/watch out/take a different route/wait for a second and because of this they avoid fatal accidents. But has anyone considered the possibility that there is an unknown number of people hearing these voices, being led to imminent death? We never hear about the pedestrian that heard a voice saying "Wait! Don't take another step!" just to be crushed by a falling beam from a nearby construction site. We will never hear those stories, because they died.

Rose
Rose
11 years ago

Without angels I'd be dead. God protects me every day.

Oluwaseun Kehinde Fasugbe
Oluwaseun Kehinde Fasugbe
11 years ago

3 commercials in 15 minutes of video play? I guess it is time to find another site that is not too commercial, guys!

Otoniel Calderon
Otoniel Calderon
11 years ago

It's annoying that this documentary tries to discredit all possibility that angels do in fact exist and keeps bringing up various theories about how the brain conjures up these experiences to help aid our survival. That is pure BS.
How did I hear a loving female voice whisper into my mind the thoughts "Be careful, traffic will slow down quickly" about 5 seconds before the pick up truck in front of me went from 60 to 0 in a few seconds. Come to find out what happened was that an 18 wheeler had jackknifed blocking the lower part of the highway. Without the information I heard from the female voice I would have probably crashed into the pick up truck and either been seriously injured or killed. How did my mind predict that? That's ridiculous. I couldn't have known that traffic would slow before it actually happened.

Nirvana Buramdoyal
Nirvana Buramdoyal
11 years ago

Why does everyone always seem to be putting each other's opinions down just for the sake of proving one theory right? That's what they are right? Evidence or not...T.H.E.O.R.I.E.S - hence by default questionable. I never get it when I see supporters of one theory or another at each other's throats (Why are there supporters even?? - oh well, personal choice) for a point to be proven. The quest of knowledge borders on such a thin line; Quest neither to prove a theory nor to disprove it...Whatever theories we come up with, Truth will still be elusive. The best we can do is gather as much understanding as objective research allows us to get a grasp of 'that explainable experience that happened to me' thing. Be objective people...What's the good shunning a "confirmed idiocy" when we're creating our own all the way? What good is defending 'a truth' you can't even be 100% sure of so you have something to hold on to, so your world won't collapse? OBJECTIVITY. That's what we need. Whatever you do with your filtered information afterwards is purely your business.

traxxi
traxxi
11 years ago

One thing they fail, these scientists, to explain, that if it were a hallucination of the brain, then ALL of those people in the burning tower would have experienced the SAME thing, but didn't. That just shows, it was not triggered by the brain, since every brain would be scientifically the same. Sometimes people can hallucinate, but most of the time, there is a spiritual explanation. They can't explain the fact that when something spiritual happens when witnessed by MORE than one person (i.e. a multitude see the same thing for example). They can't explain when supernatural occurrences happen, i.e. a cross might appear in something for example...did the brain do that? No. Scientists are very biased, only looking at what they want to look at. They CANNOT understand spiritual matters.

Shadowblur
Shadowblur
11 years ago

...This is real, on 2 separate occasions, some presence of whatever interacted with me, because I was in a very high state of worry, in both of those scenarios, I had to solve something, I couldn't, I tried extremely hard to solve, then out of the blue, it got solved. I became aware that something had changed something in my immediate vicinity, the problem became instantly solved, and this brought shock to me on the realization. Extreme states of stress, causes something (guarding angel maybe) to appear. Believe me people, this is real!

whatsuragenda
whatsuragenda
11 years ago

in neuroscience you learn that you can produce false perceptions of sight, sound, taste, smell or touch. Does this mean that when you smell a banana and it smells a banana that you are wrong? Interesting fact i saw a documentary for ghosts, the same doctor with is helmet whas in it so the helmet is it to replicate a ghost or an angel ha ha!

Dave Sinewave
Dave Sinewave
11 years ago

Are you serious!? This has been aired on NatGeo??! It's ridiculous and utterly stupid!

aaron
aaron
11 years ago

The biggest load of bollox, i have ever seen!!

mark
mark
11 years ago

correction :
evidence may confuse the phd's i will call it personal experience

mark
mark
11 years ago

i also have direct evidence of a presence which steered from almost certain death

Chima Michael
Chima Michael
11 years ago

i am amazed how most of you here trying to explain spiritual things with physical explainations, the body -soul relatioship is still not properly eloborated by ur so called scientific explaination, how about evolution i thought by now so of you so called thinking scientist must have evolved to something greater but non still.please can anyone tell me something new that a human being has created if not from the existing ones. how about the theory of big bang, why have no one repeated or manufactured a living thing from a non living thing. the so called cloning cannot work unless a stem cell for a living thing is used. chemical reactions make u think the way u do hahha i laugh i laugh your tiny knowledge to scorn but so u socalled scientist have not mixed the right chemicals or performed the right experiment to make a robot feel pain ,hunger or sex. if after studying anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, geography and physics you have not come to the conclusion that the world is put together b ya more brillant, intelligent, pressicious, accurate and ever knowing GOD then you are living in denial. one thing is certain wether you believe it or not. one day you will die and your soul will stand befor God and give account of your deeds here on earth so the best thing to do if i were you is to believe in JESUS as ur Lord and personal savour. all that we are doing on earth is his command that says '' go and subdue the earth, increase and multiply''

seaki ache'
seaki ache'
11 years ago

As a spiritualist, there is MUCH in this universe, dimension that CAN NOT be scientifically explained simly because we DO NOT have the advanced technology as of yet to understand the universe as it exist spiritually. I find man's arrogance laughable when he attempts to "quantify God", this can not be done, until we actually began to take spiritual phenomena seriously, and create technologies that can ACTUALLY answer some of the BIG questions concerning this wonderful universe. As a conjurer of spiritual entities for their assistance to help others, I can assure you, these beings are real. No brain trick, or neuron re-wiring can cause the change that I have witnessed in these peoples lives, as they began to accept that their is a supreme being, as well as a host of other benevolent spirits, angels, and intelligences that are out there to assist us when we simply ask. In the universal scheme of things, we are infants concerning our evolution as rational / spiritual beings, and our technologies reflect as such. I predict that when and if we as humans began to acknowledge the spiritual realm of our world, when our scientist ACTUALLY began to explore the "realm of the unseen" our world is going to explode with information and true universal wisdom, until then,......I guess that helmet "doo-hicky thing" that one scientist created will have to do.

MsTruNorth
MsTruNorth
11 years ago

I think the scientists featured in this video would be interested in research that has been done to indicate that the parts of the brain that hold conciousness and memory operate on a quantum basis, allowing the spirit (or mind) to exist ourside and away from the physical brain) and then to return to the physical brain. It seems likely that during crises the mind reaches out for more knowledge and sees and senses what is always there (the angel or God) but which the brain is not wired to perceive without aid of the mind.

MsTruNorth
MsTruNorth
11 years ago

Videos on YouTuve are just not buffering well these days. This is the worst-so-afflicted video I have seen running on a YT server in sometime. This is going to be the death of YT.

Kushla Rollinson
Kushla Rollinson
11 years ago

I think we all need to appreciate that we are a very "young" species whose understanding of the universe has barely begun to appreciate or touch the surface of the "reality" of our existence.

I find it arrogant to assume we can use our limited understanding of science to deny the existence of a higher power - I think it interesting the "3rd man effect" stands to support the Biblical viewpoint that God exists outside our realm/dimensions of "measurability and understanding" - however, when this untouched region of the brain is stimulated, people are able to "see" what is called the spirit world, but could also be called, a higher level of existence.

The Bible has so many truths, that only know we are beginning to understand and "prove" as truth - it only supports the viewpoint and experience of faith.

Mark Clavelle
Mark Clavelle
11 years ago

I, too, have had this experience just before getting into a car accident. The presence told me not to be afraid, and that it was necessary, and that I would survive. All time had stopped during this warm and reassuring communication, and although I did not know it at the time, the accident was a great benefit to me. The voice was more intimate to me than my own thinking or feelings. A deeper reality exists inside, which may not be provable by the outside.

AlfBeta
AlfBeta
11 years ago

I haven't watched the vid

rljp
rljp
11 years ago

BizzyM has it. If we are to believe that forces from place X help us in our tragedies or critical moments then what about hte millions of people who die or suffer terrible deaths? And the crowd goes silent. If there was a higher power I think he would be intelligent enough to show his followers that coincidence is no subsitute for believing in him/her.

Çhé Ribeiro De Souza
Çhé Ribeiro De Souza
11 years ago

Wow im so glad i found something on this topic what a coincidence but you critics are mistaken i have felt this mysterious presence before more than once the first time i was a boy when this being held me so tight and all i could feel was so much unconditional and this feeling has never left me even today i feel so much love for everyone i meet and i don't know why its just over flowing all the time, which made me fall into Christianity and i was very religious because i did not know what this presence was. the second time i was in my teens when a voice warned me of my fathers death i dropped religion coz i thought it was turning me into a nut job, the third time was last year when we had 7 burglars trying to break into my home and a powerful voice woke me up and asked me to join him and i said no (not verbally but i think through thought ) coz i wanted to live a long life here and have a family in the future then this voice guided me in my sleep to where these burglars where breaking in and i screamed at them and they all ran off i then awoke and wondered what had just happened, the fourth time was six months ago i dreamed of a fire in my home and i warned my family of it then a voice woke me up and without doubting this voice i ran up stairs and saved my little brother while he was sleeping in the middle of the night 2 minuits later the roof caved in where he was sleeping. so i don't know what this mysterious presence is i question it everyday of my life and im thankful for it i think more like a scientist now coz i need more answers to this but i can honestly tell you that these scientist are off track maybe quantum physics could come close but for me i believe there is an intelligence within us and we are all apart of this intelligence i call it the universe and the reason why some people hear it is because of intuition i meditate allot and the more i do it the more all my senses sharpen try it I don't have the answer to this phenomena but i can assure u it is based on experience and not machines. Your body is highly intelligent and it is able to take care of its self you are now free to believe what ever you wanna believe... Much love everyone ;)

BizzyM
BizzyM
11 years ago

I was driving to work one day and was stopped at a red light in the left lane, 1st car. To my left was a semi. When the light went green, my usual reaction would have been to gun it and get to work. I would eventually need to be in the right lane, so the sooner, the better. As I was letting out the clutch, I realized that the semi next to me, who also had a green was hesitating. Since I could not see the cross road to the left because of the semi, I decided... let me reiterate that... *I* decided to shadow the semi through the intersection. Sure enough, a pickup came barreling across from the left on what would have been a majorly stale red light.

There was no mystical force involved. I was attentive to my surroundings and I did something on a whim. I had no indication that anyone was going to run that light and no one tipped me off. People get hit by drunk and careless drivers all day and all night, why does no one blame god for that?

There is no god and everything you do is what you chose to do. Your mind is more powerful that you give it credit. To say that your actions and thoughts are controlled or influenced by some mystical force only serves to discount your own abilities. Don't do that. Take responsibility and say, "I did that. I did that all on my own and I can do more!"

David Foster
David Foster
11 years ago

I can't say I have ever had any similar experiences. But I CAN say that enough wierdness has happened to me in my life that, if ONLY what science can measure is what keeps us alive, then I should be dead at least fifty times over. Some might call it luck. I only know that if I had listened to all these so-called "realists" who tried to give me advice throughout my life, that I most likely WOULD be dead by now. Instead, I chose to listen to that little voice in my head -- you know, the one that everyone says you're "crazy" for listening to -- and for that, not only am I here to tell about it, but also I am the richest man I know... and I'm not even employed!

So, to all you phuckers who say there ain't nothing to all this supernatural nonsense; all I can say is: PBBBBBBBBBT!!!

Julianht
Julianht
11 years ago

Many years ago, when I was a middle-school student, (I was 13 years old) I went to school by streetcar every morning. Those streetcars didn't have any doors and usually young people like me would jump on, grab a handrail, get a foot support and steal a ride virtually hanging half outside the cars.

One morning, I was late for school and the streetcar I wanted to catch just started before I reached the tram stop. Afraid of being punished for being late, I ran after the moving streetcar for about 200 meters and when it slowed down a bit, I jumped on and grabbed a handrail and pulled myself up.

However, the frantic run to catch the streetcar had used up all my energy, i was out of breath and I didn't have the energy to hold on. I was hanging outside of the streetcar, my hand let go and I started to fall.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt a hand on my back pushing me back onto the streetcar. I was flabbergasted because there was nobody behind me. There couldn't have been anyone behind me since I was hanging outside the streetcar and falling. I grabbed the hand support again and got back into safety. There was no feeling of a presence, no voice, not light, just a strong hand between my shoulder blades that stopped me from falling onto a busy road with morning traffic and pushed me back onto that street car.
A guardian angel? I believe to think so. I am 69 now and have never forgotten that experience.

explorerguy
explorerguy
12 years ago

As Martin Lutherking said once. We are not alone, we have cosmic companionship. I do believe in the revelation of the Bible and many of todays experiences they are not different, except that some times messengers from God have appeared to people. We are all in a great controversy between good and evil where we are to decide and there are just as manny voices on the other side too that come to our head to do evil, be selfish and indifferent to God and others, or faithless and incredulous. It is amazing how pervasive the experiences are to every human in all ages. So it is not an isolated phenomenon. We may deny biblical teaching and dress it with another complete interpretation that will suit our incredulity better but the truth in the end will be revealed to every man and woman who decided to not just believe God but to know He cares for us individually and if he lets us go he will hold our lives in his hand till that day he promised to restore all things. Life, love, faith and hope is what gives meaning to things. The idea that everything is in the mind is very finite and limiting. We talk about thinking outside the box, but when God calls us to believe sounds like we are not so ready to think that way and would rather either deny I heard a voice and chuck it to mind. If he sends you deliverance and you deny...what can he do? Would you believe if he came down from and told you in person any more than when he exercises his subtlety? I doubt. You would do what your mind usually does best, to say it was a dream or imaginative thinking....unbelief is a trap!

deskplant
deskplant
12 years ago

Well this was weak. The theories being put forward are full of holes. For example the comments here about driving and voices cannot be explained at all by these ideas. The theory that part of your brain is hardwired ignores those people who simply sit down and wait to die, even if they could avoid death by moving. In the 9/11 example all the other people who died didn't access the hardwiring - so what's wrong with them? And the expert at the end didn't seem to know this survivor's story. He didn't panic and leave the building. He stayed at his desk until a friend phoned him! Equally they've misunderstood the idea of 'seeing'. They randomly started talking about a physical object but in fact it's a mind's eye view of a person who has no physical image.

Virtually all Third Man stories report a male voice or impression. Including for women... If it's a projection of self surely these images/voices should be female? To change gender is quite a feat. It's true the brain can play tricks, and that some illnesses fire off random sights, sounds and life form impressions such as schizophrenia. But traditionally ill people were 'possessed' and now scientific people are committing the same sin, clinging to weak theories to prove brain responsibility. Why can't they both be true - mental illness and spiritual help?

Steve Savage
Steve Savage
12 years ago

Twenty years ago, I was driving 60 mph, at night, on the inside lane (the slow lane) of a three lane congested highway in a compact Nissan Stanza. My two year old son was in the passenger seat. With total disregard for oncoming traffic, an SUV pulled out onto the highway from a shopping center driveway, directly in my path. I was trapped; I could not swerve out of the path I was on because of the line of cars next to me, nor did I have enough room to slam on the brakes - collision was unavoidable as was certain death. Suddenly and impossibly, in an instant, I was beyond the car that pulled in front of me, like I had somehow passed through it. I have often wondered if I had died in that moment and somehow had my life reset - a kind of edited glitch in the reality of things.

Steve Savage "King of the Beasts"

Debbie Beirne
Debbie Beirne
12 years ago

Dahl, many years ago I had the same experience. I was about to overtake a car on a road that I drove every day and knew really well, but this day I was day dreaming and as I overtook a male voice said very loudly and calm from behind me, "pull back". I braked hard and pulled in behind the car I was over taking and instantly a car appeared out of nowhere. There was a dip in the road that had hidden the on coming car from my view and if I had continued to over take It would have been a head on collision with no hope of survivors. I have never heard the voice since (thankfully).

Dahl Kaiser
Dahl Kaiser
12 years ago

I was hoping this film would help explain my own experience – My life was saved on a Freeway in Southern California by a “third person” but I was not in any danger to trigger a pathological reaction and I am not a religionist.

I had just dropped off my kids at Disneyland and traveling by myself on the 55 Freeway in the fast lane. I was behind a box truck at a safe distance – absolutely no reason for any stress. Quite suddenly I hear a male voice (I’m female), coming from the passenger’s side telling me to get out of this lane. I ignore it as my imagination but find myself looking to see if it is safe to get into the lane to my right. Again, I hear it louder “Move into the next lane!” OK, now I am actually arguing with the disembodied voice and yell, outloud “I have to let the yellow car pass” then I hear VERY loudly “MOVE!” – I swerved just behind the yellow car and at that very second the doors on the boxcar flew opened and a huge crate falls onto the freeway right where my car would have been! If I had stayed in the lane at the speed I was going, I would have been in a serious accident! I believe my fast exit from the lane gave the guy behind me enough time to swerve onto the shoulder.

So was it my subconscious? Third person? Telepathic? I know the mind is the most powerful machine on earth and hope that the religionists and skeptics, and even some scientists do not interfere with the study of how this magnificent computer works.

explorerguy
explorerguy
12 years ago

I think science has a way of particular way of interpreting the mysterious. Science will typically come from the assumption there are no angels or that the Bible cannot be a revelation book. With that bias in mind, scientists (like me) proceed to create environments (man made) to test different ideas and provoke conditions and analyse the results. This process however in my view has nothing to do with what happened to the guy on 9/11 and he probably would not believe those explanations. If the Bible is true, and I believe it is, the issue of angels, menssengers or being that are not bound by our material limitations (although having similar form, according to the Bible), is not a simple or uni phenomenon. The bible talks about two kinds of beings and one of them has extremely deceiving capacity. It is good to remember that this movie explores only the presence of beings (though not recognizing angels) Under circumstances of human stress. Angels have appeared in situation and helped change situations in human lives that do not follow this model and have to do with many and various kinds of experiences.

Itolduso
Itolduso
12 years ago

I have met the third man and he is me!
If I recall my anatomy correctly, humans have three nervous systems overlaying each other. The nomic,autonomic and notocord make up these systems. Each is more complex/advanced in succession of evolution with the notocord being the type of nervous system of sharks and rays.
I have been in precarious situations several times that caused my system to be flooded with endorphens and adrenalin. Fight or flight is an understatement in describing the phenomena. I understand the concept "strength of the insane". At no point in life is one more alive. The exception though different may be an orgasm.
The nervous system/s are hardwired with a complexity that defies description. Might in the presense of powerful drugs the conscience mind hears echos/input from the more primitive mind that enabled puny humans to survive in the past?
Of course there are those who would credit supernatural causes. To comprehend deep geologic time and evolution is a difficult endeavor. It is "easier" to be religious than to truly be a part of survival of life on planet earth!
The irony of my theory is that when a person is most alive, they are clinically insane.

kenergy599
kenergy599
12 years ago

Would somebody please kill that lizard!

Bart Luyckx
Bart Luyckx
12 years ago

I find religion and believing in Angels fascinating. It's such an insult towards human intellect and yet so commonly accepted in even these modern times. Religion, fear and war always went hand in hand throughout history. Imagine how much time people could spend caring for eachother instead of worshipping Gods if earth and all life on this planet was at the center of our minds everyday.

Guest
Guest
12 years ago

A brain studying a brain or a mind studying a mind?
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GunterGrass
GunterGrass
12 years ago

It would be comforting to believe, that's why they believe.

Hodd
Hodd
12 years ago

Angels, Gods, devils and demons. Personifications of aspects of the mind.

dewflirt
dewflirt
12 years ago

I read that when your life passes before your eyes it is basically your brain hunting through it memories, trying to find something that might be useful, a way to save itself. I wonder how closely this is related to Angels. The little calm voice you need, someone telling you what to do when you can't tell yourself. Not that strange really. A friend of mine thinks white feathers are a sign that angels are with you. She's even found feathers in places they shouldn't be, like on the train! Amazing. I thought they'd fly. :)

zureal
zureal
12 years ago

I wonder where the 'angels' where when those unfortunate people were gassed in the gas chambers during the Holocaust?

Declan_Walsh
Declan_Walsh
12 years ago

About 20% and change of those that fit the "NDE" criteria actually experience that chemical reaction within the brain you and many refer to. I find that more interesting.

John Krisfalusci
John Krisfalusci
12 years ago

When will these sad people learn? This angel effect is nothing more than the chemical effects of the lower brain that is smiliar to REM sleep. This also causes the feeling of 'walking through tunnel' effect and also feeling such things as 'another presence' in the room. Sigh..