Delusion or Sensitivity? Can anyone really answer that question?
|Is it us or are there hotspots for paranormal activity?
I guess it’s a mixture of the two.
For a lot of years I wondered if believing that ghosts and other things that go bump in the night exist made me a good candidate for the loony bin. I mean, more that being a writer does (everyone knows that to be a writer you need to be 1-a bit schizophrenic; 2- a glutton for punishment; 3- 1+2= you’re a bit nuts! ). Anyway, add to that the belief that paranormal exists and some more esoteric and eccentric beliefs about how the world really works and I’ve got on my hands a real explosive combo. I guess the majority of people having different from the norm beliefs know to keep their mouth shut. Mmm, I never learned that skill. I’m glad too, because while I get some weird looks thrown my way when I open my mouth, I noticed something else. There are a lot of us, believers, out there. Most of us either have interesting stories to tell or just are open minded and really logical about it. So, not a delusion if science can be called into it?
To judge that, let start with a interesting definition :
Adj. 1. paranormal – seemingly outside normal sensory channels
paranormal – not in accordance with scientific laws; “what seemed to be paranormal manifestations”
2. paranormal – not in accordance with scientific laws; “what seemed to be paranormal manifestations”
unnatural – not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature;”
extrasensory, paranormal – seemingly outside normal sensory channels
normal – in accordance with scientific laws
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
So, is paranormal activity and people that notice it- just a matter of sensitivity? And what is really “normal” nowadays? The scientific laws are not unchangeable, they just portray what we have discovered of the way the world works. I’m sure that humans cannot categorically say that they know it all. We’re a relatively young species and just until a couple of centuries ago still believed Earth flat. We’re still learning (see Quantum Pseudo-Telepathy, Quantum Teleportation, New state of Matter discovered, Dark Matter and all the weirdness there, Magnetism and Gravity-those still pose problems for our scientists, etc.) And if paranormal is just a delusion, is God/any other Supreme Being even real? Nop. Now comes the real issue. What if we’re just kidding ourselves because we want Them and Something More to exist?
Things is, we don’t have a clue. We want to have the certitude that something is or not in a certain way, but we don’t. Even colours are a matter or frequency and energy etc. The only certitude we have? Is that we don’t know it all. The rest of what we don’t know or cannot explain is lumped in the supernatural/paranormal domain. This is a statement that even the more sceptical human can agree with. What can exist out there? Only our imagination can give us a clue of it all. And it did, more than once. Jules Verne anybody? Star Wars? They did discover a new type of matter that works in the same way as the lightsabers from Star Wars.
Okay, that’s only about the scientific approach on the topic and many more could be said. What about the myths and legends? The ghost and ghouls, demons and angels, vampires and shifters? Magic? Are some people more attuned to a different frequency and can see more than the rest? Is it just a matter of practice and tuning? Maybe we are built with certain stops, thresholds to keep us from overloading or simply losing our minds with what we can do or what exists here with us.
|Do we really see what we See ?
Each day that passes we discover new things about us as a species. We evolve in some ways and diminish in others. Who knows what we once were and what we could do or see? I saw an interesting movie once, I don’t remember the name, but the gist was that every complete lunatic (should I use a more political correct term as psychiatric patient here?) was in fact right. They saw things the normals didn’t. An interesting perspective, isn’t it? Who determines what is normal and what normal means in opposition to paranormal?
It would be probably all be explained at some point in our future history and we’ll discover what makes everything tick. As for paranormal activity with all that entails, existing? I think that everything that we imagine exists somewhere. Be it that our thoughts create them with spun energy or we just receive images of their existence, who can tell? If everything is made of energy, there is no limit.
Scary, isn’t it?
To be continued…