Psychic phenomena challenge science

Reportedly, Russian scientists and, more recently, their American counterparts, have been investigating occurrences of an extra-sensory nature, no doubt with a view to harnessing the movers. After all, ordinary humans have already demonstrated the reality of such phenomena. Perhaps they are like the crop circles of Europe; or the clairvoyance of some tribal Australian Aborigines; or the psychic healers of physical ailments in many societies (like the thumb-nail healers); and the farewell delivered to me through my mind as I was falling asleep by 2 people close to me as they were departing Earth (that is, as they died). Such unexplained reality cannot be denied.

Our brains register our experiences. Then, something we call mind keeps track of these experiences. But there is a significant question about the human mind. While recent neurological researches demonstrate its versatility and utility, does it need a brain? We necessarily believe so. But, how does a disembodied spirit (one without a physical brain or constituted of no substance known to us) communicate with a live human brain (that of a clairvoyant)? The spirit of my uncle who spoke in English, using some words that only I understood – because of our shared background – was ethereal and, when our discussion had petered out, faded away. The clairvoyant described him as fading.

We are all aware of being conscious. Our minds say so. We know that animals display consciousness. Kirlian photography has shown that plants can display a certain sensitivity to threats to their existence. (Not a comfortable thought for vegetarians!) So, is consciousness like the air which surrounds us and which is taken within us in order to live? Or, is it something which is an integral part of the radiation from the sun and planetary space which penetrates us without our knowledge? Or, is consciousness the substratum of all that exists and which also infuses, as appropriate, components of such existence? See ‘Improbable insights into existence’ in by Raja A. Ratnam