Thursday, December 11, 2014

If the Paranormal Becomes Normal

When it comes to the paranormal, I find the field of noetic science particularly interesting. This is the scientific study of the mind/spirit/soul. The Institute of Noetic Sciences describes its studies as research of the power of consciousness, investigating “phenomena” that do not necessarily fit traditional scientific models while still following scientific rigor. It asks questions about whether the mind (or spirit) can exist outside the physical body and tries to explain intuition. Modern noetics even venture into the investigation of the idea that the mind can influence physical matter (think along the lines of spiritual healing).
So basically, people are working to bridge the gap between science and spirituality and are trying to find scientific explanations for things we consider paranormal. There are the famous quotes like "magic is just science we don't understand yet" and I think that's a very valid point. So, what happens if we do end up scientifically proving things that we now consider paranormal? What if the paranormal becomes normal?
Dan Brown, an author of bestsellers such as The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, features noetic science in one of his more recent installations, The Lost Symbol. He has stated in interviews that his greatest fear about noetics is that if we find a way to harness the power of our minds, we will use it for evil. He points out that usually when a scientific discovery is made, a weapon designed with this discovery soon follows.
This made me think of the U.S. government's installation of a military operation code named “The Stargate Project" in the 1970s. The purpose of this project was to make the research of clairvoyance and out-of-body experiences more scientific, with little inaccuracy. It was an attempt at using clairvoyance to spy on the enemy and was known as “remote viewing.” A book called The Men Who Stare At Goats was actually inspired by this operation and a film adaptation was made. Here's a trailer for it:

This obviously mocks the situation, which does seem a quite ridiculous. However, the government seemed to take it seriously and apparently still does, as it allegedly still has this (albeit smaller) program. Interesting.

1 comment:

  1. That is a pretty awesome way to look at it to be honest.