Paranormal Abilities And The Scientific Evidence

By Karen Barna

“Psychic power is the ability to download information directly from the Universe.” ~ Lada Ray

In my previous post I wrote about the dream experience of a woman during a hospital stay. This hospital stay happened to be on the psychiatric floor of the hospital. This information can either support her claim or refute it due to her reported “mental instability.” This same woman, in the past, has also reported feeling “presences” while she sat in her living room, and in other areas of her house, in practically every room, during daytime hours, during periods of peace and quiet with no atmospheric anxiety or stress present. These experiences were neither violent nor threatening. She reported to have two other precognition episodes, in addition to the dream she told me about. These episodes occurred during her adolescence to young adult life between the ages of 13 and 23. She reported feeling like she was never really alone because there would be times she would experience these “invisible presences” and this made her feel like people always surrounded her. She believes a change in paranormal feelings occurred in the summer of the year 2000. During this year she believes the “presences” she felt were of actual living people viewing her in her home over close circuit remote TV. She felt a difference in regard to her previous experiences. She also reported that in more recent years her experiences reached a new level of paranormal. Events that were violent and disturbing in nature with aggressive “presences” as well as experiencing the aggressive dream content. She wondered about the possibility of having come in contact with a malevolent psychic, a malevolent “presence,” or a malevolent entity. Perhaps she was just becoming “too sensitive” to the conditions in her environment.

“I must suggest to you that you should think more kindly of the objective possibility of thought-transference and therefore also of telepathy.” Sigmund Freud, founder of Psychoanalysis

Experiments Conducted On Those With Paranormal Abilities

Telepathy was first seriously studied scientifically in Dr. Rhine’s laboratory. A “sender” would randomly select a single card from a deck of ESP cards. A standard pack of twenty-five cards with five card each of five symbols: star, circle, square, cross, and three parallel wavy lines was used in an attempt to “send” the image to a a “receiver.” Dr. Rhine found that some subjects’ scores were so high that the odds of scoring that well by chance were a million to one. One particularly gifted nineteen-year-old girl guessed twenty-three of twenty-five cards correctly in an experiment at her school and later guessed all twenty five correctly when tested under laboratory conditions at Duke University.

According to Dr. Radin, from 1974 to 1997 some 2,549 Ganzfeld sessions (a particular form of telepathy experiment), reported in some forty publications by researches from laboratories around the world, established that “we are fully justified in having very high confidence that people sometimes get small amounts of specific information from a distance without the use of the ordinary senses.”

Researches at the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California, demonstrated that the brain waves of two subjects isolated by a Faraday cage (an enclosure that shields a person from normal electromagnetic signals) could be synchronized. A light pulsed in the eyes of one subject would cause a distinct electroencephalogram (EEG) pattern. The second subject, when instructed to think about the first subject, would suddenly acquire the same distinct EGG pattern.

Two ophthalmologists at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia demonstrated that a change in brain rhythm, such as the production of alpha waves, in one identical twin could cause a matching shift in the brain of the other twin. Similarly, and electro-chemist at the Newark College of Engineering demonstrated that when someone concentrates on a person’s name with whom he has an emotional tie, the distant subject registers a measurable change in blood pressure and volume. Research showed that one of every four people has this sensitivity. He also demonstrated with a simple form of emotional Morse code that messages could be transmitted telepathically as far as 1,200 miles. Similarly, Russian scientists have successfully used brain waves as carriers of information by transmitting a name from a sender in Moscow to a receiver in Leningrad. A similar experiment was conducted by Thelma Moss, a medical psychologist and assistant professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA. She attempted transmitting a series of images and sounds displayed to senders in Los Angeles to receivers in New York and England. In one of the more striking examples, a series of slides and sounds of satellites and rocket ships in flight was shown to the sender. One receiver in England wrote back: “I could see the world as if I were in a space ship.” Another English receiver wrote: “War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells? Or the next war involving death by the use of satellites and flying platforms.”

A considerable amount of research has been conducted on telepathy and dreams. Dr. Stanley Krippner, while director of the Maimonides Hospital Division of Parapsychology and Psychophysics, discovered that telepathic senders concentrating on target material such as pictures, sounds, and objects were able to directly influence the dreams of sleeping subjects.

Besides the overwhelming scientific evidence, there are literally thousands of anecdotal records of telepathic communication between two emotionally bonded people. For example, in 1879 Sir John Drummond Hay, Queen Victoria’s minister to Morocco, was awakened by his daughter-in-law’s anguished voice, although she was 300 miles away. The voice cried, “Oh, I wish papa only knew that Robert was ill.” A few minutes later he heard the plea again. He recorded the experience in his diary but was not concerned because he did not believe in telepathy, and he knew that his son, Robert, was in good health at their last meeting. Later, Sir John found out that his son had been stricken by typhoid fever, and his son’s wife had repeated the exact phrase that woke him that very same night.

Precognition has been demonstrated and replicated successfully in many different laboratories and experiments. Parapsychologist Charles Honorton and psychologist Diane Ferrari analyzed 209 precognition experiments conducted by sixty-two different researchers and reported in 113 articles published from 1935 to 1987. The combined results produced odds against chance of ten million billion billion to one! In other words, the element of chance was totally eliminated for successful precognitions.

Many of the standard telepathy experiments involving the attempt of a subject to identify a card known only to the experimenter have been altered to test precognition, with results often nearly as good as those for telepathy. In a more sophisticated version of this experimental protocol, subjects are asked to predict target information before it is selected by a computer. Some subjects have succeeded to highly statistically significant degree.

Most evidence for precognition, however, comes from anecdotal records. Bulgarian psychic Vanga Dimitrova was determined to have an 80 percent accuracy rate in predicting highly specific and unique future events. She is particularly accurate in predicting the exact date of peoples’ deaths. Edgar Cayce, America’s most famous seer, did literally thousands of psychic readings on peoples’ futures, most of which were reportedly very accurate. Mrs. Eileen Garrett became famous overnight for her precognition of the R-101 airship disaster and others in the 1930s. Arthur Ford, a medium, became famous for obtaining lists of soldiers killed in action during World War II before their deaths actually occurred. Mrs. Jeane Dixon correctly forecasted in print all the presidential elections from 19228 to 1968. She also correctly predicted the exact date – February 20, 1947 – as the date of partition of Pakistan and India several months before it happened.

An interesting case of an apparently unwitting precognition involved the publication of The Titan, by Morgan Robertson in 1898, fourteen years before the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic. The novel describes in uncanny detail what was to be the fate of the Titanic, yet this was long before the Titanic was even conceived of. The plot of the novel deals with the sinking of the Titan on its maiden voyage, and many of its details are almost identical with the actual statistics of the Titanic (e.g., the length and weight of the ship, number of its propellers, engine power, top speed, the number of passengers and lifeboats, time of sailing, and the place and nature of the disaster). Interestingly, Robertson said that the ideas for his stories came to him as vision while in a trance. He believed that the visions were given to him by an “astral writing partner.”

Another illustrative precognitive case reported in the literature involved the district manager of a sheet and tin plate company. While on a fishing trip in the deep woods of Canada with no means of communication, he dreamt of an accident at his plant involving a crane that had toppled over from lifting too heavy a load of scarp metal, damaging several railroad cars. In his dream he saw the damage done, including the numbers on the crane and railroad cars. On returning to his plant, he discovered that the damage corresponded perfectly with his dream, even to the numbers dreamt. The dream occurred approximately two hours before the accident.

Precognitive dreams are not as unusual as one might think although the concept is contrary to our entrenched belief in linear time. For instance, there are many authenticated accounts of people repeatedly dreaming the winners of horse races, often by no bettors and non-racing enthusiasts. In one case, an educational psychologist dreamt the winners of races three or four times a week for almost for months. In the dreams the woman would hear the race announcer give the winning horse’s name, even though she was not interested in horse racing and never even heard of the horse’s name before.

Tragic events such as the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Chappaquiddick, Egyptian President Nasser’s fatal heart attack, the fatal airplane crash of Rocky Marciano, the sinking of the Titanic and an Onassis tanker, and the deaths of Krushchev and Stravinsky were all accurately predicted and recorded before the fact in the files of the Central Premonitions Registries in New York and London.

Many victim’s families employ the use of psychics in trying to locate or solve what has happened to their missing or dead loved ones. A high number of these cases are solved with incredible accuracy.


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