Klint on CNN.com talking about Real Life DHARMA Initiatives

DHARMA Initiative

CNN.com did an article on real life DHARMA initiatives and they interviewed me for it:

One person who has thought about this quite a bit is blogger Klint “Klintron” Finley, who has written about the concept of “real-life Dharma initiatives” extensively at Hatch23.com. “I think it stems from various trends and movements from the ’60s and ’70s,” he said. “More specifically, anywhere that two or more of the following intersected: Eastern spirituality, fringe science, defense spending, disturbing psychological research, experiments in utopian/communal living and experiments social control.”

He points to many possible influences for the Dharma concept but thinks there is one in particular that shares a lot with Dharma: the Esalen Institute. Made famous in a 1967 New York Times article, the institute began as a place where one could, as its website says, have “the intellectual freedom to consider systems of thought and feeling that lie beyond the current constraints of mainstream academia.”

It still serves as a retreat center at the beautiful Big Sur mountains to this day and, according to the website, has been devoted to the exploration of human potential since the 1960s. It’s here that the “Physics Consciousness Research Group” was allegedly co-founded in 1975 by theoretical physicist Jack Sarfatti. Sarfatti is the author of such works as “Progress in Post-Quantum Physics and Unified Field Theory” and “Super Cosmos: Through Studies Through the Stars.”

And what about Dharma’s benefactor, Hanso? Aside from maybe Richard Alpert and Charles Widmore, no one character has fascinated and mystified fans more. … In fact, much of the online “Lost Experience” a few years ago revolved around him. (According to Finley, Hanso may have been modeled after people like inventor Charles F. Kettering, who died in 1958.) In ABC’s game “The Lost Experience,” players found out that a main reason for his interest in the Dharma Initiative was the “Valenzetti Equation.” In “Lost” lore, this is a calculation of the exact date on which humankind would wipe itself out, consisting of the familiar “numbers” from the hatch, Hurley’s lottery ticket and, we now know, Jacob’s candidates. Dharma was trying to change these numbers in order to save the world.

My articles on real life DHARMA initiatives are here.


  1. Wow! Exciting news–Reading about real-life DHARMA initiatives will keep me busy for a little bit. Thanks!!

  2. Congrats on the MSM breakthrough. Maybe some folks out there will start digging around here and “see the light”.

  3. Did you see this comment:

    “DNA and all:

    Science cults really do exist indeed! It’s ironic that this story quoted Klint Finley since he is a known Satanic Transhumanist New World Order collaborator. He runs a seemingly satnic Technology blog called Technoccult.

    You can read more about himi and his assiciates at New World Order University: http://newworldorderuniversity.com/?p=3073


  4. Thanks Renee!

    Thanks Syd. Doesn’t look like any of the (meager) traffic stuck, but I can hold out hope that at least a couple CNN readers had their minds permanently blown open =)

    David – I did see that, and I’d seen the NWOU site before. *shrugs*

  5. This is really neat.

  6. That’s pretty awesome, congratulations!

    (I’m way behind and trying to catch up on my RSS feeds.)

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