Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Quantum physics illustrates that the classical, manifested world is illusory by its very nature, yet the daily routine of waking up as an individual human being who is separated from the rest of the external world remains our ordinary experience. Every now and again, however, we experience extraordinary feats of consciousness and extra-sensory perception (ESP) which blow our minds and hearts out of this world, with profound and ongoing impacts in our lives.
These feats may occur in many different guises and in a very personal way. Some believe these experiences to be genuinely extraordinary, whilst others explain them away as ‘coincidence’ or ‘figments of the imagination’. Regardless of our personal beliefs, unexplained occurrences and psychic phenomena such as extra-sensory reception, telepathy and even psychokinesis have been recorded throughout the history of all tribal and traditional civilizations, so it’s not just a modern marvel. What is fresh about this phenomenon is the development of a discipline called ‘Parapsychology’, which is essentially a scientific framework designed to study the ‘psi’ or ‘psychic’ experiences of humanity.
Extraordinary Experiences of the Human Mind
Parapsychology as a field of enquiry is still considered as pseudoscience by the scientific orthodoxy, however there is no justifiable or truly scientific reason why this is the case. There is plenty of compelling evidence that demonstrates that the human mind can and does impact and connect with the world around it, including numerous peer-reviewed journal publications on psi research. It is nothing but scientific bias to overlook it. Simply, the scientific establishment is behaving unscientifically and therefore has a lot to answer for; especially because these are very robust experiments of legitimate scientific methodology that have produced statistically significant data-sets as a result.
The reason psi phenomenon is not taken seriously by the academic community is because philosophical materialism – which is the unproven and dogmatic ‘belief’ that matter is the fundamental stuff of reality – has hijacked modern-day science. Essentially, this misplaced interpretation of a strictly mechanical universe is the model upon which any accumulating evidence is compared, and if certain data doesn’t fit into the limited paradigm of what science already understands, it is arrogantly and unscientifically rejected and explained away as pseudoscience.
Ironically, this prejudicial dismissal of evidence is itself the definition of pseudoscientific behaviour.
However, not all scientists have fallen victim to the materialist rhetoric. For example, in 2014 a team of over 100 prominent scientists and academics from around the world called for an open, informed study of all aspects of consciousness. These scientists included Daryl Bem (Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Cornell University), Irving Kirsch (Professor of Psychology, University of Plymouth, and Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School) and Brian Josephson (Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge, who is also a Nobel Prize winner for his work in the field of physics). Another example in the same year was the creation of a “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science … to visualize what an emerging scientific view may look like”. The Manifesto was developed by eight respected scientists, including Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and author best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance. Simply, both groups of scientists have called upon the scientific community to face their hypocrisy and transcend their philosophical bias toward the science of psi phenomenon.
(An interview with Sheldrake was featured in my previous article, 3 Scientific Fields That Are Helping to Evolve Humanity’s Worldview.)
Much of the dogma that makes up this charade has been reinforced by so-called skeptics who have been proven not to have investigated the evidence objectively; a fact that websites like Skeptical About Skeptics have made embarrassingly clear. In addition, over time this blind ‘faith’ in the completeness of modern science has (d)evolved into ‘scientism’ — the same kind of fanaticism for which many people who are heavily indoctrinated into scientific materialism hypocritically dismiss religious people. The irony would be hilarious if it wasn’t so harmful to our collective mindset, especially our value systems, which have been rotted from the inside by such narrow materialistic and individualistic ideologies.
Notably, despite the stance of materialistic science, extra-sensory perceptions are not considered to be pseudoscience by the majority of average people. In a 2002 CBS News poll, 57% of people surveyed believed ESP to be real.
The reality is that parapsychological studies have accumulated mountains of sound scientific data that provides strong evidence for ‘extra sensory’ perceptions of the human mind. As stated in the Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science :
“Studies of the so-called “psi phenomena” indicate that we can sometimes receive meaningful information without the use of ordinary senses, and in ways that transcend the habitual space and time constraints. Furthermore, psi research demonstrates that we can mentally influence — at a distance — physical devices and living organisms (including other human beings). Psi research also shows that distant minds may behave in ways that are nonlocally correlated, i.e., the correlations between distant minds are hypothesized to be unmediated (they are not linked to any known energetic signal), unmitigated (they do not degrade with increasing distance), and immediate (they appear to be simultaneous). These events are so common that they cannot be viewed as anomalous or as exceptions to natural laws, but as indications of the need for a broader explanatory framework that cannot be predicated exclusively on materialism.”