The Third Man Factor

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On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys talk about how all across the world Bears are beginning to rise up against humans, two people encounter “Monster” at Lake Champlain, the after the break the guys discuss “The Third Man Factor”. The Third Man factor or Third Man Effect refers to the reported situations where an unseen presence such as a “spirit” provides comfort or support during traumatic experiences. Sir Ernest Shackleton in his book South, described his belief that an incorporeal being joined him and two others during the final leg of their journey. Shackleton wrote, “during that long and racking march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers of South Georgia, it seemed to me often that we were four, not three.”His admission resulted in other survivors of extreme hardship coming forward and sharing similar experiences. In recent years well-known adventurers like climber Reinhold Messner and polar explorers Peter Hillary and Ann Bancroft have reported the experience. One study of cases involving adventurers reported that the largest group involved climbers, with solo sailors and shipwreck survivors being the second most common group, followed by polar explorers. Thanks for listening to Expanded Perspectives. Don’t forget to write us review on iTunes and if you want more, there is always Expanded Perspectives Elite!

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Songs Used:

  • Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin
  • Fly Away Another Day
  • Finally Moving
  • Almost Familiar