We were pleased that Rhiannon McConnell's story about Strange Occurrences ran on the front page of today's Wellingtonian - a free newspaper with wide distribution in central Wellington and suburbs. Here's the online version of the story. Screenshot below.
A friend just directed me to this Huffington Post article, from June 2014. OK, it's been out there a while, but it ties in to other more recent articles on a similar theme.
It is interesting to consider how a Quantum Mechanical understanding of nature may eventually offer an explanation for mind-body duality - the soul, if you like. We're not nearly there yet though.
Consciousness - what is it? How do we define it? Where does it reside? How does it interact with the physical body and brain? Is there such a thing as a soul? Does human consciousness persist after bodily death? Is the soul, then, eternal? These are all very big questions, some of which are being addressed by mainstream scientists while others lie at the fringes of science, or outside its current borders for consideration.
Scientists, Quantum Physicists in particular, get annoyed when we amateur paranormal enthusiasts - we pseudoscientists - start hijacking QM to try to explain our ghosties and things. But most of the out-there thinking is coming from the scientists themselves. The more they delve into Quantum Mechanics and the sort of counter-intuitive ideas flying off and around it, the more it looks like the universe is capable of accommodating Dualism (or some more modern version of it) and the possibility of the existence of ghosts, telepathy and other currently pseudoscientific concepts.
I think that science will offer explanations for many phenomena currently termed 'paranormal' before we amateurs, searching through abandoned hospitals with our EMF meters and sound recorders and trying to communicate with the dead, even begin to get our heads round things.
Excusing the punctuation error in the headline, this is also an interesting article.
And if you want a reasonably easy to follow introduction to the out-there concepts surrounding Quantum Mechanics, I can recommend the book Quantum Enigma - Physics Encounters Consciousness, by Rosenblum and Kuttner, as a good place to start.
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James Gilberd is an amateur paranormalist, writer and musician, and a professional photographer, living in Wellington, New Zealand.