Psychic flashes

“… I’m inclined to think that psychic flashes are just ordinary perception. We’re picking up on verbal, physical, emotional cues all the time. Sometimes our dreams – our minds,” she corrected quickly, “assemble those into a visual picture of what’s going on, and it feels psychic, but really it’s just perception.” (Alexandra Sokoloff, in The Unseen)

The scientific community generally does not accept the research carried out in this field, “due to the disputed evidence base, the lack of a theory which would explain ESP, and the lack of experimental techniques which can provide reliably positive results” (see Wikipedia’s piece on Extrasensory perception, which gives information on the research programme that provides a background to The Unseen).

With regard to parapsychology, and to anything else that cannot be explained by a scientific theory, it might be helpful to follow the advice of Albert Einstein: “A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American psychological horror film, written and directed by M Night Shyamalan.

Sokoloff, Alexandra. 2009. The unseen. New York: St Martin’s Press [p205]

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