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The Strange Powers of the Mind
By Art Smith
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein
“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” Albert Einstein
“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” Sun Tzu
Have you ever wondered about the limits of the human mind? Have you ever been curious about the way the brain works or about the existence of intuition, precognition, telepathy, and other strange powers of the human mind or if there is really such a thing? This article will look at the existence of psi phenomena in terms of some stories, studies, and the big picture.
In Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind, Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, Ph.D. describes many striking stories of medical professionals using intuitive knowledge and hunches to treat and save their patients. One of them is about a famous neurosurgeon who never lost a patient. He confessed to the author that he would sit at his patients’ bedsides and wait until a white light appears around their heads and after it does he would know it’s safe to proceed with surgery and that the patient will be okay. This method worked remarkably well for him as evidenced by his track record but was at odds with his medical school training and teaching. He knew he couldn’t tell his students what he did, and because he didn’t want to lie to them he quit teaching, even though he loved it.1
Another story is that of a nurse’s assistant caring for premature babies. She was very good at what she does, and distressed babies thrived under her care in a surprising way that contradicted their diagnoses. When asked about the reason for this, she reluctantly explained she gets unexplainable hunches about when a baby hits trouble and has learned to listen to them. She had tried to talk to her supervisors about her hunches, but they didn’t want to hear it so she stopped talking about them.2 There are many other stories about people’s experiences with psi phenomena and their struggles to accept them in that book alone (I highly recommend it), many of them quite astonishing.
Some other curious things appear when one examines twins who have been raised apart and don’t even know of each other’s existence. An important point to keep in mind is that twins raised together will deliberately strive to establish their own separate identities and try to be different from each other. Twins raised apart don’t go through this and usually end up being more alike than twins raised together, sometimes to an astonishing extent.
Here is one remarkable story: “The Jim twins” were separated at four weeks and lived apart for 39 years. They were both named Jim, married a woman named Linda, divorced, and married a woman named Betty, but one of the Jims was in his third marriage. Both of them had childhood dogs named Troy. They named their sons James Allan and James Allen. They had both worked as firemen and sheriffs. They shared many other things: nail-biting, migraines, they smoked and drank the same brands, had the exact same weight and height. One of them styled their hair differently. They died from the same illness on the same day. Right before they met, they both independently built a circular white bench around a tree in their yards. One proposed explanation for the striking number of similarities is telepathy or coupled consciousness. Genetics cannot account for that amount of similarity, to the point that they share the names of their wives, children, and pets or at the very least it seems like a stretch. Coincidence doesn’t seem likely either.3
Other than our every-day intuitive hunches, it seems the most common type of anomalous experience is precognition of a traumatic event such as the death of a loved one. In many cases a person will dream of their loved one far away being hurt or dying only to wake up and realize that it really happened often at the exact time they dreamed about it. This also often happens to people who have never before had any type of anomalous experience.4
In Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Dean Radin describes several examples of people having premonitions about 9/11. In one case, a woman driving by the Pentagon with her husband describes seeing it engulfed in smoke. She reportedly started smashing her hands on the dashboard and yelling (she was the passenger) and really believed it was on fire and felt like they’re in danger, but she said the experience lasted for a short time and then suddenly ended. Radin claims to have collected numerous stories such as this showing premonitions of 9/11.5
Some history and studies
Today bringing up the topic of precognition, psi, and psychic powers is likely to be met with disbelief and a smirk. Considering this, it is surprising to find out how far back the history of psi research goes. There is a lot of research already conducted showing results consistent with the existence of anomalous powers. Despite mainstream science’s continuous denials, smirks, and attacks, many researchers who have examined the studies carefully claim most are well conducted and rigorous, at and many times exceeding current scientific standards.
One example from the past is Upton Sinclair’s book Mental Radio, in which he describes his wife’s telepathic ability and successful picture-drawing experiments conducted to test it. The preface to the book was written by none other than Albert Einstein, who praised Sinclair for the dependability of his research and writing.6
Sigmund Freud was also deeply intrigued by the existence of telepathy, which he called “thought transference.” Freud was convinced of the existence of anomalous mental capacities and discussed that possibility in his correspondence with a few close associates; however, he urged them to keep it secret. At the end of his career he said if he could do it over again, he would devote his life to the study of “thought transference.”7
Of course, the history of psi research has also been infiltrated by many charlatans and frauds. One famous case is Madame Helena Blavatsky, who was declared to be “one of the most accomplished, ingenious and interesting impostors in history” by the American Society of Psychic Research.8
Entire books have been written about the different experiments testing psi abilities and what they mean, and it’s not possible to go into all the details here, but I will give the most basic overview of some types of experiments. One type is using a deck of so-called ESP cards containing simple shapes. After the deck is shuffled, one person is asked to randomly choose a card and mentally send the image to a distant person (in a different room or even further away so there’s no chance of him seeing the cards) who then has to perceive and report what card was picked. In another type of experiment one person imagines an object and draws it and then mentally sends that image to a distant person in a different room who has to reproduce the image sent and then the two pictures are judged for similarity. In another type of experiment one person is asked to relax in a room while another person in a different room sees a live feed of the first one on a closed-circuit monitor at random intervals. The person doing the observing is asked to stare intently and try to connect mentally with the one observed for the times when the monitor is turned on (not all the time). What is measured is the skin conductance of the person being observed, and it shows their skin conductance goes up corresponding to the time they are in fact in being observed. This is an unconscious reaction.9
In a presentiment experiment, a participant is asked to sit in front of a blank computer screen while the computer shows a random image from a group of images. There is a variation between calm photos showing neutral images such as landscapes and emotional photos which show erotic or violent scenes. Once again, the participant’s skin conductance is measured. The results showed that skin conductance would begin to rise a few seconds before an emotional picture appears, and once again this is an unconscious reaction.10
In his book Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Dean Radin provides a great summary of these experiments and also many details about how they are conducted, and he addresses and responds to criticisms and allegations of fraud and provides statistical explanations and analyses to show that the results are significant. This is a quote from his book:
“Presentiment experiments provide a new form of evidence suggesting that we can consciously perceive our future. How far into the future we might be able to sense remains uncertain (as does the meaning of ‘the future’). Like most psi effects, the results in these studies are relatively small in magnitude, but they are consistent across many different types of tasks, measurements, and personality types. These effects even appear in experiments conducted for other purposes.
When you step back from the details of these studies, what you find is a spectacular body of converging evidence indicating that our understanding of time is seriously incomplete. These studies mean that some aspect of our minds can perceive the future. Not infer the future, or anticipate the future, or figure out the future. But actually perceive it.” (Entangled Minds, p. 179)
Global mind, consciousness shifts, and other oddities
Scientists who dare venture into exploring these effects are baffled by them. No one really knows why they happen, and they ask us to reexamine our view of the mind, the brain, and time itself. Some say our minds actually affect or create reality as opposed to perceiving it, at least as one possible explanation. When it comes to explaining the results, psychologists and researchers often turn to quantum physics, but that is an area that is hard for anyone who is not a physicist to really understand. Physicists often complain that quantum physics, as fascinating as it is for everyone, is often twisted, misunderstood, misrepresented, and used to promote various New Age ideas based on false assumptions.
Inevitably in this literature one comes across the idea of one global mind that we somehow share unconsciously and that explains all the curious effects we see. Some books just touch on this explanation in an attempt to explore different possibilities. Others really push this idea of a global mind, suggesting that really explains everything and that’s what it’s all about. For example, Dean Radin leans more heavily towards the idea of a global mind and mind-matter interaction in Entangled Minds, but he’s definitely not the only one.
When looking at many of the authors, websites, and even book titles dedicated to psi research, it becomes obvious that most of them are a part of a global think-tank trying to promote a global shift of consciousness, a new paradigm, and if you read between the lines and know what the buzz words mean, one world government. In many cases, these same people are the ones bringing us and funding the research and writing the books.
What does that tell us about all these studies, effects, and explanations? Can all of them be trusted if there is a possible agenda behind them? Are the effects there but the explanations, already speculative to begin with, not entirely true and/or used to promote an agenda? Why is all the research already done for the most part ignored or attacked by mainstream science while it still says “Show me the proof”? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I think anyone who understands these phenomena and isn’t trying to push any agenda, knows that these psi effects in real life are impossible to control and hard to understand because they come from the unconscious. Thus, it’s very dubious to try to use them to promote a global consciousness or shift, even with the best intentions. I think the best we can do at this point is acknowledge them, try to study them and find out what is happening, and we’re a long way from doing that.
This article barely scratches the surface of the fascinating subject of psi research. For the most part I was very fascinated and surprised by the stories and studies I read about and wanted to share at least a part of that. I think many of the extraordinary stories and study results speak strongly to the existence of psi abilities in the general population (not just a few special people with special powers), but we’re a long way from explaining why and how they occur. They are mostly buried, ignored, and denied as a possibility on the one hand or they are often used to promote a globalist agenda on the other. Of course, a person who is interested in finding the truth and investigating these phenomena doesn’t have to be confined by these two lines of thought. Also, not every book on the subject is promoting a globalist agenda, but many of them are and seem to veer off course and change direction when it comes to the explanations of the phenomena and what they mean. My favorite book on the subject so far is Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind because it seems truly open-minded both in researching the phenomena and the causes, and its main message is that these things should be talked about and not kept secret or shied away from.
If you want to read more interesting stories and studies, I recommend Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind and The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena.
If you want to read more details about the studies along with statistics, I recommend Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality.
If you want to see how psi research is used to promote global consciousness ideas, paradigm shifts, and a globalist agenda, check out the IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) website and the titles offered there. http://www.noetic.org/
While you’re there, take a look at the mission statement and also the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Consciousness Transformation Model
- 1. Mayer, Elizabeth Lloyd. Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind. Bantam Books 2007. p. 12-13
- 2. Mayer, Elizabeth Lloyd. Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind. Bantam Books 2007. p. 28
- 3. Powell, Diane Hennacy. ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena. Walker Publishing Company 2009. p. 51
- 4. Powell, Diane Hennacy. ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena. Walker Publishing Company 2009. p. 27
- 5. Radin, Dean. Entangled Minds: Extraordinary Experiences in a Quantum Reality. Pocket Books 2006 p. 28
- 6. Powell, Diane Hennacy. ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena. Walker Publishing Company 2009. p. 35
- 7. Mayer, Elizabeth Lloyd. Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind. Bantam Books 2007. p. 80-82
- 8. Mayer, Elizabeth Lloyd. Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind. Bantam Books 2007. p. 75-76.
- 9. Radin, Dean. Entangled Minds: Extraordinary Experiences in a Quantum Reality. Pocket Books 2006. p. 84, 117, 133
- 10. Radin, Dean. Entangled Minds: Extraordinary Experiences in a Quantum Reality. Pocket Books 2006 p. 165