There is a school of thought that many adhere to. It has been believed now for many years that science holds the answers to what exactly constitutes "reality"; that science and laws of logic and reasoning are able to answer such broad, life-affecting questions such as - What are we? Why are we? What is our purpose? Who am I? What is this life all about?
Let's talk about our beliefs and what we can learn about them. We believe Nature is solid and Time - a constant.
Matter has substance and Time a direction. There is truth in flesh, and the solid ground. The wind may be invisible but it's real. Smoke, fire, water, light - they're different, not as to stone or steel, but they're tangible.
And we assume Time has narrowed, because it is as a clock. One second is one second for everyone. Cause preceeds Effect, fruit rots, water flows down-stream. We are born, we age, we die. The reverse never happens.
None of this is truth! Say goodbye to classical reality, because our logic collapses on multiple levels. In relativity, reasoning breaksdown on the cosmic scale, and in quantum-physics logic breakdown at a sub-microscopic scale.
While I attended Duke University, I minored in parapsychology. In that time, along with my own personal experiences with the worlds of the paranormal and that of the occult (which I might add have been extensive and considerable), I can attest - there is an Unseen World, a Hidden Reality. And it is just as real, no, more real - than the world we perceive with our ordinary senses.
Paranormal is an umbrella term used to describe a wide variety of reported anomalous phenomena. According to the Journal of Parapsychology, the term paranormal describes "any phenomenon that in one or more respects exceeds the limits of what is deemed physically possible according to current scientific assumptions." For this reason, the scientific community often avoids research on the paranormal, believing that it may not conform to the standards required by the scientific method.
Paranormal describes subjects studied under parapsychology, which deals with psychic phenomena like telepathy, extra-sensory perception, psychokinesis, and post-mortem survival studies like reincarnation, ghosts, and hauntings. However, as a broader category, the paranormal sometimes describes subjects outside the scope of parapsychology, including anomalous aspects of UFOs, some creatures that fall under the scope of cryptozoology, purported phenomena surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, and many other non-psychical subjects.[2
Parapsychology is the scientific study of certain types of paranormal phenomena, or of phenomena which appear to be paranormal. The term is based on the Greek para (beside/beyond), psyche (soul/mind), and logos (account/explanation) and was coined by psychologist Max Dessoir in or before 1889. Its first appearance was in an article by Dessoir in the June 1889 issue of the German publication Sphinx. J. B. Rhine later popularized "parapsychology" as a replacement for the earlier term "psychical research", during a shift in methodologies which brought experimental methods to the study of psychic phenomena. In contemporary research, the term 'parapsychology' refers to the study of psi, a general blanket term used by academic parapsychologists to denote anomalous processes or outcomes.
Skeptics of parapsychology often hold that the entire body of evidence to date is of poor quality and not properly controlled; in the views of many skeptics, the entire field of parapsychology has produced no conclusive results whatsoever. They often cite instances of fraud, flawed or potentially flawed studies, a psychological need for mysticism, or cognitive bias as ways to explain parapsychological results.
Many refer to parapsychology as a pseudoscience. But by now, there is far too much undeniable evidence to make that claim. It has all the structure and appearance of any other science, and must be respected as such. The fact that differentiates it from other sciences is largely that it has no history of successful experiments upon which to base conclusions.
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