Scientists tend to greet all new ideas and partly substantiated theories with a mixture of scepticism and fear. If the ideas put forward have been tainted with the smell of commercial exploitation, then the scepticism and fear will be even stronger. To a certain extent that is a healthy response, but if new ideas also conflict with what are considered solid scientific facts, there is a danger that unavoidable and incontrovertible truths will be denied simply because they do not fit in with well-established theories. When this happens, prejudice replaces scientific judgement and superstitions retain precedence over evidence.
Such a pattern I am afraid, is exactly what has been revealed whenever the question of the existence of a sixth sense has been raised. Scientists argue that since the concept of a sixth sense is something of a musical-hall joke, and since the theoretical support for the reality of any such phenomenon would undermine a number of carefully structured manmade scientific truths, the theory must be invalid.
In my view, there is now an overpowering amount of evidence to support the theory that a sixth sense does exist and that such things as extrasensory perception, telepathy, and premonitions are as real as vision and hearing. The capacities of the sense organs we know about are far greater than we might have suspected a few years ago. The capacities of the sense organs we have not yet identified are so vast that it is probably unwise at this stage even to make an attempt to define any boundaries.
One of the reasons why scientists have been so suspicious of claims which apparently show the paranormal capacities of the mind has undoubtedly been the fact that there has for many years been a certain eccentricity about many of the individuals working in this field. The uncritical work which has been published has often been subjective and presented in a style more appropriate for romantic fiction that straightforward scientific reporting. It is perhaps not surprising that scientists reared on a diet of double-bind trials and carefully planned laboratory experiments should remain unconvinced when evidence offered during television talk shows undeniable proof of the existence of a paranormal force.
Recently, however, much more solid scientific work has shown beyond any reasonable doubt that the human brain does have abilities which physiologists cannot yet properly explain. Laboratory experiments around the world indicate that some people can project and receive information. Researchers are even beginning to find possible explanations. Dr Peter Fenwick and his colleagues at The Maudsley Hospital in London found significant numbers of head injuries, episodes of being knocked unconscious, blackouts and serious illnesses in the medical histories of the mediums they have studied. From their work it seems that there is a link between an individual being knocked unconscious and that individual later showing such skills as telepathy or clairvoyance.
Unless there is a major international conspiracy to mislead and confuse us all, we can no longer ignore the strength of this evidence. Whether orthodox physicians like it or not, it seems that human beings have the capacity to affect matter by the power of the mind alone. The fact that we do not understand precisely how these mechanisms operate can no longer be used as evidence that they do not exist.
We need to bury our scepticism and keep ourselves awake to the possibility that we all have a sixth sense.
Taken from Bodypower by Vernon Coleman. Bodypower is available on Amazon as a paperback and an eBook.