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"First and above all, an explanation must do justice to
the thing that is to be explained, must not devalue it,
interpret it away, belittle it, or garble it, in order
to make it easier to understand. The question is not 'At
what view of the phenomenon must we arrive in order to
explain it in accordance with one or another
philosophy?' but precisely the reverse: 'What philosophy
is requisite if we are to live up to the subject, be on
a level with it?' The question is not how the phenomenon
must be turned, twisted, narrowed, crippled so as to be
explicable, at all costs, upon principles that we have
once and for all resolved not to go beyond. The question
is: To what point must we enlarge our thought so that it
shall be in proportion to the phenomenon…?" -
Excerpt from Philosophy of Mythology - Friedrich Wilhelm
Joseph von Schelling (1775–1854)
The Paranormal Experience
Given that there ARE paranormal experiences that many or most people have
during their life time, this subject should be dealt with. Consider the mass
hysteria or mass hallucinations that occur. See
https://infogalactic.com/info/Mass_hysteria Consider the
prophecies and visions of "our Lady" at Medjugorje, There IS a wide variety
of experiences that fall on a spectrum
that runs from the extremes of schizophrenia to partial complex seizure
syndrome visions to speaking in tongues to the occasional mild hallucination that
can occur while under a heightened emotional state or distress. The
bicameral brain/mind paradigm along with a dis-functional collective
consciousness lay a foundation for understanding how one
brain/mind can concoct an "experience" and deliver it to the conscious or
Sometimes called "anomalistic psychology", "paranormal
activity", etc., for our purposes it includes: a class of phenomena that is
not well understood, dramatic ins cope and promise, and therefore ripe for
and rife with fraudulent and predatory activity.
Since every experience must involve SOME interpretation, the intellect
must be prepared and empowered to interpret or override any false interpretation of these
It is the position of this site that God has nothing to do with these phenomena:
they are at best residual vestiges of our erstwhile and dysfunctional empowerment,
and at worst, fraudulent.
These various vestiges of paranormal ability don't really solve or resolve our major problem. As wonderful
and exciting as some of these things may be, they still leave us trammeled under the
human condition, under a sentence of decay and death. They still leave the
world in the throes of excruciating disunity, confusion and evil. There are five very
convincing reasons to exclude the involvement of God in any and all of these
phenomena. These are:
- There IS another credible and systematic explanation
- Most of this activity would to be mundane and unrelated
to any in which God would be involved
- Even that activity that one would be open to God being involved is
pathetically of little benefit compared to our great need, and would be more on the
order of insulting, teasing or taunting us
- The sum total of ALL of this activity or experience doesn't seem to
have any marked or lasting effect upon the human
- Although Jesus temporarily shared the real gift of miraculous
healing with his close disciples, he did not address any of the other
aspects listed above, and they do not add up to the solution of the
human condition that he offered
Analysis and/or suggested explanation:
Telepathy, shared visions/dream telepathy, awareness of distant death
or trouble, the twin phenomena
Telepathy - See: Telepathy
and Rupert Sheldrake
Shared visions/dream telepathy - This is a rare but real phenomenon, where one person
is temporarily highly emotionally distressed and another sensitive person is
empathetically in sync with and ministering to them. They can share a
hallucination vision in common and
verify later that they both "saw and heard" the same portrayal.
Awareness of distant death or trouble - This is a fairly common
occurrence, and may be best explained by the breaking of a low-level
The separated twin phenomena - There are amazing accounts of maternal twins
that have been separated at birth, raised by different families in different
areas of the country, and yet have similarly patterned their lives to an
unprecedented extent, even to using the same rare brand of toothpaste and
smoking the same brand and flavor of cigarettes, choosing the same type of
career, etc., where the most plasusbile explanation is some kind of
unconscious telepathic communication or influence.
Visions, waking dreams, creation dreams, solution dreams, warning
Supra normal visions may have a variety of explanations.
Waking dreams - Short, uninvited intrusions of sleep during the awake
time, which probably have a mundane explanation of tiredness, boredom, sleep
Creation dreams - There are cases of creative people–Mozart comes to
mind–that wake up at times with a finished design or symphony and hurry to
capture it on paper while the memory of it is fresh in their conscious mind. It seems as if the
non-self-conscious brain-mind has been working to design this creation like gift from God
and found a chance to upload it while the person is asleep.
Solution dreams - There are other cases of designers, engineers, programmers
and scientists that wake up with the solution to a extremely challenging or
intractable problem they were trying to solve. As a computer programming
consultant working on a challenging programming problem with which I was
faced, I woke up in the middle of the night with the coding solution clearly
in my mind, got dressed, and drove 15 miles down to the corporate computing
center and entered the code before I forgot it.
Warning dreams or prompts - Sometimes people have dreams warning them not to
go down a certain road or direction in the immediate future of their lives.
Mass hysteria, Mass compulsions, mass hallucinations
Mass hysteria -
After reviewing the dozens of documented historical cases
around the world, you will find the overwhelming majority involve the female
gender. Whether the underlying cause for this pattern is biochemical or
sociological is an open question. Associated factors generally involve
psychological stress including societal anxieties and pressures, unusual
excitement, fears, rumors, religious beliefs, some types of reinforcement by
authority figures. Given that there ARE so many cases of mass hysteria and
mass compulsion–sometimes involving thousands of people–down through the
ages and around the world, it is hard not to accept the concept of a
Split and multiple personality complex
Now known as Dissociative Identity Disorder, this syndrome is one of the
most controversial psychiatric disorders, and the symptoms are not
associated with any identifiable causes. The prevalence of this diagnosis is
increasing, especially in North America, and the average number of alter
identities in a subject has increased markedly. Female case outnumber those
of males by several times.
Partial complex seizure syndrome
Partial complex seizure syndrome -
This is a quasi epileptic seizure syndrome that is associated with head
injuries. In some cases the subjects have vision experiences that they claim
to be indistinguishable from actual reality, and of course, if the person is
significantly religious they interpret their vision as having bent
transmitted by God. There is, however, a correlation of the subject matter
with the scientific understanding of the time valid or not, and also with a
subject that the person had lately been concerned about or something that
made a big impression on them.
Schizophrenic voices and compulsions
Near death experience
Near death experience -
Ostensibly, the compelling factor in accepting the near death experience as
an actual passage is the
commonality of the aspects. However, this should not be surprising if the
experience is internally generated by the release of endorphins, which would
tend to have a common effect upon the subjects.
Hypnosis and reincarnation memories, mass hypnosis and
Hypnosis - Do your research on hypnosis and you will a plethora of
distressing problems thatwill probably leave you in a quandary.
Reincarnation memories - These generally come through children that
have been hypnotized and have been asked to regress back beyond their birth.
Although the accounts and answers given may seem plausible, even to the
point of being given in the different language of the past life, the
dialects and features of the language are modern, which implies that the
accounts are not genuine.
Mass hypnosis -
Audience suggestion and participation -
Automatic writing - Also known as psychography, it is claimed to be
the ability to receive and automatically write down psychic messages or
stories unconsciously. The sources for the narration are claimed to be
Jesus, angels, or people from the past. The bottom line is that there is no
way to tell whether the source for the writing is the person or coming from
outside the person, and overwhelmingly, investigation and analysis suggest
Reverse speech analysis and falsity and lie detection
Reverse speech analysis -
This supposedly is a method for detecting lying and falsity when a person is
speaking at length. Their address is recorded, and then played in reverse.
The nebulous sound stream made while playing recordings of speech in
reverse generally make no sense until there is a suggestion as to how to hear it
or what to hear in it.
Even if you can hear the semblance of something meaningful, it does NOT
follow that when your "hear" something incompatible with what the person is
saying it is always a valid sign of prevarication. I am aware of no mechanism or basis to authenticate this claimed phenomenon,
and it is probably pure bunkum.
Channeling communication from departed souls
Channeling communication -
Clairvoyance, remote and/or past viewing
Clairvoyance - Some extensive studies in controlled, laboratory experiments have shown that
ostensibly clairvoyant people cannot improve upon the odds in recognizing
letters, numbers or basic, common symbols that are printed prominently on
cares that are not optically visible to them. This may
be because they have no native clairvoyant ability, or it MAY be that the
scientific, laboratory environment suppresses this ability.
Remote viewing -
Past viewing -
Angel and/or apparition appearance
Angel and/or apparition appearance -
Devil or demon possession, exorcism/deliverance ministry
Demon possession - This phenomenal idea is the product of a false paradigm,
one that has been discarded by enlightened societies. Back in the time of
Jesus it was believed that demons, both good and bad, controlled human
behavior, and thus we have the word "demonstrate". Now we would say the
problem has been resolved rather than say that the evil demon has been cast
out. This paradigm was always and ever a fundamental basis or form of
abdicating human responsibility.
Exorcism/deliverance ministry - Generally the "healing" is a psychological or psychosomatic one,
and often just caring and paying loving attention provides at least a
temporary cure. For those that have been "delivered" it is not surprising
that the results are almost always temporary. The concept that so-called
demons would be so susceptible to psychosomatic drugs is incompatible with
Telekinesis or psycho kinesis
Over the years of investigation of the claims–like spoon bending–,
apparently they have generally been thoroughly debunked.
Glossolalia or speaking in tongues
There is no real support in the New Testament for speaking gibberish as a
sign of being converted to a believer. The two or three verses that are used
to justify such a thing are badly translated, and the word tongue should
rather read "language" or "way", as in "speaking in a new way". To think
that a believer would act like a frenzied, babbling monkey is deplorable.
Rather it is the product of a low form of temporary, insane release.
Curses, hexes and spells
Curses, hexes and spells - These have only the power imparted to them
by the belief of the victim, and its influence on thinking and behavior.
Déjà vu experience
Déjà vu experience - Almost everyone has this experience at one time
Cross-connected sensory experience
Cross connected sensory experience -
Evidently, some people have their sensory system somewhat cross connected,
and they can taste or smell tonal notes or colors.
Personal colored auras
Personal colored auras -
Some people claim to see people surrounded by colored auras, but these
cannot be seen by other people nor can they be detected with optical
equipment. The most plausible explanation is the viewer gets a readout
on the personality type, and the viewer's mind projects a color coded aura
symbolizing the type upon the subject.
The gift of healing
The gift of healing -
There have been a few cases of apparently natural and real healing power
exhibited by individuals who discover their ability, but this healing
efficacy may be limited to psychosomatic illnesses, and it can fade and
disappear over time. Read the book The Reluctant Healer.
drug induced hallucinations and psychedelic experience
Induced hallucinations -
Sometimes a high fever can initiate loss of consciousness and very
unpleasant, mind numbing hallucination. It is well established that a
variety of drugs can either suppress manic feelings and behavior or deliver
exotic psychedelic experiences.
receiving of messages for neighbors and friends
Spontaneous psychic receiving -
Such "receivings" may be a mild form of hallucination, and cannot be
disassociated or separated from actual knowledge of the affair or issue and
one's own opinion or advice.
Fortune telling, palm reading
Fortune telling -
Just being around another person for a while, seeing how they are dressed,
noting their expressions, manners and style, listening to their speech,
asking innocuous questions, etc., can give an astute, practiced person a
world of inference and information that enables them to make educated and
plausible sounding narratives and guesses.
Palm reading - There MAY some correlation
between the lines on the palms and a persons psychosomatic makeup. For
instance, there is a known correlation with the length of the fourth finger
being longer than the index finger being associated with heightened
sexuality for these individuals.
Visitation by Incubus or Succubus
Visitation by Incubus or Succubus -
A common experience: while asleep, a spontaneous, vivid sexual dream
involving copulation with a sexual partner called an incubus or succubus.
Spontaneous ecstasy and euphoria
Spontaneous ecstasy and euphoria - Many people have one or two times
in their growing years when they are overwhelmed by a spontaneous feeling of
ecstasy, euphoria or well being that is so profound that they remember it
for life. This can probably be best explained by a confluence of weather
ionic content and positive developments in life with an attendant release of
hormones and endorphins.