Existential Despair and the Wheel of Existence

The mediums that the Society for Psychical Research studied so extensively from 1881 forward paid a price for their gifts. Even a cursory reading of the SPR’s work with mediums reveals health issues and early death as almost an inevitable result of contacting the dead on a daily basis. Mediums tend to have histories ofContinue reading “Existential Despair and the Wheel of Existence”

Connected by Loneliness: Traumatic Bonding in Haunted Locations

One of the most terrifying punishments for human beings is isolation from the group, or from a significant other who instills in us a sense of safety and security only to abruptly remove themselves from our lives without explanation. I think of regressive societies casting out women for adultery or “witchcraft”, relegating them to theContinue reading “Connected by Loneliness: Traumatic Bonding in Haunted Locations”

The Weirdness of Quantum Immortality

I was reading Robert Lanza’s new book, The Grand Biocentric Design recently, focusing especially on his discussion of the Quantum Suicide paradox and Everett’s multiverse. Briefly, here is the thought experiment summarized: ­­”A man sits down before a gun, which is pointed at his head. This is no ordinary gun; i­t is rigged to a machine that measuresContinue reading “The Weirdness of Quantum Immortality”

Zombie Boy: Giving Ghost Hunters What They Want?

In Season 5, Episode 2 of “Kindred Spirits”, investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry suspect that “zombie boy”–a supposed ghost that was ramping up activity and scaring investigators at a Massachusetts estate–is a creation of the very people who so fervently believe in him. Much like “Phillip”, the invented ghost from a series of seancesContinue reading “Zombie Boy: Giving Ghost Hunters What They Want?”

Time and the Paranormal

I have long thought that if we understood time, or how consciousness creates the concept of temporal flow, we would understand religion and all things we currently call paranormal. I was attending my first, post-Covid church service outdoors at Saint Hugh’s Episcopal Church when I realized that the liturgical calendar (we are currently in theContinue reading “Time and the Paranormal”