New Science Attempts to Explain the Paranormal and Supernatural

New Science Attempts to Explain the Paranormal and Supernatural

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The majority of Americans believe that paranormal, supernatural, and Psi phenomena are real, and emerging studies in various fields of science are not only working to prove their existence – they’re actually doing so.

According to Huffington Post/YouGov and Pew Research polls, a majority (up to 65 percent) of Americans believe in paranormal, supernatural, and Psi (parapsychology) phenomena.

Most of the scientific community has remained largely skeptical. However, in recent years, science has undertaken greater efforts to validate such phenomena.

The science of Noetics

The science of noetics has been at the forefront of research into studying mental operations, processes, states, as well as consciousness, thinking, and knowing. The Institute of Noetic Sciences, cofounded in 1973 by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is among those leading the research on supernatural, paranormal, Psi phenomena, as well as examining consciousness (alive and after bodily death), alternative healing, spirituality, and human potential.

Physics, parapsychology and redefining reality

The fields of physics and parapsychology are meeting more frequently. This comes largely as quantum physics began to discover things that cannot always be explained by cause-and-effect, as well as challenges whether things can travel faster than the speed of light. Quantum physics seems to suggest things can happen at random and connections can appear seemingly instantaneously, Nature reports.

A report published in MIT technology review, claims that under the right conditions, two people can observe the same event, see two different things happen, and both be correct.

Is matter an illusion?

Another startling theory proposed by some physicists is that the solidity we equate with real stuff and call “matter” is only an illusion, Scientific American reports.

Cosmologist Max Tegmark proposes that everything in the universe, matter in humans included, is only a mathematical structure.

The paranormal and Epigenetics

Epigenetics is a study that examines how behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way genes work. Unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible and do not change a person’s DNA sequence, but they can change how the body reads a DNA sequence.

A recent article in Psychology Today by Dr. Eric Haseltine looks at a correlation between epigenetics as a way of explaining seemingly paranormal and supernatural occurrences, such as memories from so-called “past lives.”

Dr. Haseltine cited a study in the journal, Trends in Neuroscience, which described evidence suggesting learnings and experiences of ancestors can be passed down to human descendants. These included transmission of PTSD and anxiety/depression from parents to their children. Research performed on animals demonstrated it was possible that memories, such as fear of specific odors, could be passed down from parents to offspring.

Haseltine also wrote another article entitled “Can your heart predict the future,” in which he described research at Florida Atlantic University suggesting that changes in heart rate can sometimes foretell near-future events.

Numerous books explain the science and studies

1. The Supernatural Worldview

One of the best books to provide an overview of the various studies that examine the paranormal, supernatural, Psi, near-death experiences and more is “The Supernatural Worldview: Examining Paranormal, Psi, and the Apocalyptic” by Cris Putnam. The late Mr. Putnam details some convincing experiments, occurrences, and a general history into how such phenomena have been studied and documented.

2. Dean Radin

Dean Radin is a psychologist and electrical engineer and the chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences who has written several books and performed many published studies explaining parapsychological data.

Among his most well-known books are Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe; The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena; Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality.

3. Quantum physics.

Check out: “The Illustrated Theory of Everything: The origin and fate of the universe” by Stephen Hawking.

Is matter only an illusion? Check out: “Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality” by Max Tegmark.