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Epilogue: The Next Zeitgeist

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Paradis, V. J. (2013). Did Joe Lyons Kincheloe Discover the Golden Chalice for Knowledge Production? The Application of Critical Complex Epistemology and the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage. (Doctoral Dissertation)

Epilogue: The Next Zeitgeist

The conclusion is just the beginning (Kincheloe, 2008c, p. 227)

            The interpretations included within this dissertation represent perspectives but they are not just any perspectives; they are supported empirically by the phenomenological and narrative data collected and interpreted. Dialogical comparative analyses/synthesis, combined with many perspectives incorporating diverse cosmologies, ontologies, and epistemologies have been used throughout. Understanding, which is based on interpretation as Kincheloe has illuminated, is socially constructed. Thus, they are not just “made up” nor created out of my own “imagination.” The experiences are real. Interpretations were selected for their contribution toward liberation, social justice, and making manifest love in the world. There are additional interpretations and deeper analyses that can enrich and extend the findings, thus, this research can be picked up and analyzed in future “Zeitgeists.”

The Next Zeitgeist?

One night, a friend who had been calling me every night after Joe passed away commented out of the blue, apparently hoping it would console me, “Maybe he isn’t dead.”

“What do you mean?” I asked

“Maybe he didn’t die. Maybe he’s a Pleiadian and went back to his planet.”

“What’s a Pleiadian?” I asked him. He wasn’t very clear except to describe they are like humans but more advanced and they’re from the Pleiades star system. He explained that he had known a Pleiadian at one time (Journal entry, January 4, 2009, 11:30 PM). That comment sent me on a long epistemological road trip until I was satisfied I had sorted out what I believed to be accurate depictions. Multidimensional beings from the star system of the Pleiades, I call them the “Love People,” because their eclectic philosophy is based on a strong foundation of a very pure and powerful form of unconditional love. They are concerned about all of the problems on earth and they assist with consciousness evolution. Important in many indigenous oral histories, the Pleiadians are recognized as being visitors from the stars who have come to earth during various periods in history and are believed to be here now.

Science has been constructed to prevent us from learning truth about our extraterrestrial heritage and true potential, according to exo-scientists Jiang and Li (2007). Pleiadians have shared some of the same trials as earthlings and throughout the ages have tried to share their experiences so that we don’t experience the same setbacks that could lead to the destruction of the planet. “But at present, not enough people on Earth are listening” attest Jiang and Li. According to Michael Salla, a leading exo-scientist, there are more than 20 types of extraterrestrial genes locked up in the DNA of humans, knowledge which reportedly has been shared through transmissions from Pleiadians. Within this DNA “lies psycho-kinetic abilities associated with the genetic memories of ancient extraterrestrial races” (Jiang & Li, 2007, para. 6) and genes also serve as “devices for extracting information from the environment” (Ridley, 2003, p. 148). This provides a scientific explanation for Kincheloe’s fourth dimension research. It may explain why my memories and psychic abilities have “unlocked” as I have engaged in this research. According to Ridley, genes must be activated (e.g., create a protein) during the learning process and they are at the mercy of us—our behavior. Thus, our act of remembering switches genes on; we do not simply inherit memory (pp. 180–181). It seems Kincheloe’s words and research process could be the magic he had vowed he wanted to create. Words, numbers, and symbols can trigger memory which in turn activates genes for various psychic abilities.

Thus, Pleiadians are thought to be ancestors of the human race (and are we ancestors to them?). Their messages are meant to help people through the transformative and evolutionary process to higher consciousness. I came to identify with the Pleiadians and the philosophy that’s presented by some of the authors who allege to channel them (e.g., Clow, 1995; Marciniak, 2004; Quan Yin, 1996). These works helped provide understanding and comfort as I moved forward with my research. I have recovered memories through visions, dreams, and telepathic communication and guidance from my soul family of a “future” life. I have experienced a joyous life on a beautiful, Heaven-like planet where consciousness is elevated and people live in complete harmony. Thus, with bricolage we are liberated, free to enter a new “Zeitgeist.”

Conversations with Joe: Moving toward the New Zeitgeist?

The following are excerpts from a discussion with Joe about the bricolage right after I had read the special assignment he had given me (as analyzed in this study). These conversations took place from October 19–23, 2008. Bold italics highlight the implicate order of reality (conversation within a conversation).


Joe Kincheloe: you know me

Sun, 10/19/2008 - 16:22 — Vanessa Paradis 


Joe, you do know me.

It is obviously a very complex process, but given where it can take us, it is definitely worth the time and effort . . . .This particular reading assignment (Kincheloe & Berry, 2004, pp. 63-67) is great, Joe! And you provided it at the exact right moment. It helps me define and justify my research problem and questions. I think you know me very well. Thank you, Joe.


Bricolage. Cool! I am ready for it (I think).

Thanks, with radical love,




I thought you'd like the bricolage

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 13:48 — Joe Kincheloe



I knew you'd feel comfortable with the bricolage. . . . I am obviously from a different planet. While undoubtedly, all research projects have to be delimited and made manageable, that process comes somewhat naturally, I've observed, after one gets a multidimensional view of the object of study. Again, glad it was helpful.


Again, Vanessa, you are on target—lol.


In solidarity,




Joe: I have an important question (I need help)

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 08:26 — Vanessa Paradis


I need your help to get off the ground with writing up my research pre-proposal and then I think I will be fine - for a while, anyway. I have no idea how to do the write up and I’m hoping I will figure that part out as I go, but I do need some help with the POET. . . .What causes people to go from “attraction,” continued “engagement” to “passion” and “compassion” (Kincheloe & Berry, p. 118) that fuels knowledge production in an online learning environment? How can more people experience it? What does it take?


PS I relate to the feeling of being on the wrong planet! I have actually researched this....


Great question, Vanessa, it goes to the heart of the bricolage

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 08:36 — Joe Kincheloe




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“As a child I wanted so desperately for magic to be real. I would work for hours collecting what I hoped were just the right combination of ingredients to make some type of magic potion that would provide me with special powers….I found such magic in words viewed in a postformal matrix and I observe and practice that magic everyday.” (Kincheloe, 2006, Reading, Writing, Thinking, p. 13)
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