Thursday, January 05, 2006

Paranormal Strings

I have always though that the gap between believers in paranormal (esp, precognition, ghosts, etc) and the scientific community was unbridgeable.  Of late I have come to the conclusion that while paranormal experiences may be real, science does not have an explanatory mechanism, therefore paranormal activity is not real in a scientific way.  How do you explain the persistence of reporting of paranormal experiences that occur?
Even if the hoaxes and non-paranormal explanation occurrences are subtracted you are still left with that small number of experiences that occur, but defy scientific explanation.
Brian Greene's books on String theory popularized the idea that our universe may have as many as ten (10) dimensions.  Now what does this have to do with paranormal activity?  What if the paranormal events that science can not explain turn out to be interactions with these other dimensions that String theory postulates.
Sound outlandish?  Consider the Edwin A. Abbott's classic tale of inter dimensional experience, Flatland.  This story details the encounters a two-dimensional being would have with our three-dimensional world.  For instance a sphere would appear as a circle.  An inhabitant of the two-dimensional Flatland world would consider an interaction with a three-dimensional object to be paranormal.
So the next time you want to pooh-pooh tales of ghosts, poltergeists, and other paranormal phenomenon consider that these occurrences may be the result of a ten-dimensional object passing through our three-dimensional world.
Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

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