Saturday, 21 July 2012

Paranormal- Beyond the Bounds of Reality

Lurking figures of ectoplasm, reigning over the night; haunting and spooking in a manner of delight. The conveyance of thought seamlessly from mind to mind, telepathically converging on the psychic experience. The bending of cutlery and utensils via the power of will, telekinesis and its mystical fields of force. While such phenomena sound rather familiar to the exoteric mind, their incidence and documentation as figments of the paranormal remain far-fetched. Phenomena that breaks the ever known boundary of 'reality', is dismissed by skeptics and postulated by rigorous individuals of the scientific fraternity. And while paranormal happenings grip the mind with ever increasing anticipation and awe, a great challenge to the empirical basis to the scientific method is readily indicated. Paranormal events ranging from the magic of telepathy and clairvoyance to the mystic near-death and apparitional experiences exhibit such a challenge to conventional wisdom in a manner that enforces the spirit of inquiry. Latter-day parapsychology has yielded the finer rudiments of such happenings; from the extrasensory perception indicated by sensory deprivation to the telekinetic phenomenon as indicated by the manipulation of random number generation; the movement for an applicable and practical evidence-base seems to transcend the parameters of scientific methodology. But it remains the extrapolation of the scientific means of inquiry, to revamp its tenets and to redefine the nature of reality that is at the nucleus of such an intellectual saga. Above all, parapsychological research seems to unveil a coexisting reality alongside reality, indeed the term 'paranormal' serves an inconvenience, given some parapsychological experiences remain inherently ordinary. Such a controversial stance may be substantiated with the notion of the poodle that knows when its owner arrives home or the telepathy that is evident among callers of a phone conversation; the realm of ubiquity is unparalleled. The paranormal may remain a conception, an abstraction per se; the parapsychological movement for its objectivity and a sensation of consensus regarding not solely its plausibility but also rationality is paramount. For if such phenomena prove difficult to adapt into our current system of the universe, the implicit fallacy that such phenomena are fictitious is readily indicated. So in turn, the realm of the paranormal is indicative of the great challenges to scientific methodology and a primer to the incorporeal, the immaterial, the universal...

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