Author: innqubus-Filed under: Facts, Ghosts, Knowledge Base, Thought Provoking Wednesday
May 21, 2008-Stories of scores of breakthroughs made in science and technology cannot take away from the fact that there exist some phenomenon that we still can’t explain. Here is a list of some of the mysteries…
Spirits of the dead have long made an appearance in our folklore. People have reported seeing apparitions of both strangers and departed loved ones. Though proof of the existence of ghosts remains elusive, eyewitnesses report seeing and even communicating with ghosts.
UFOs There is no doubt that UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) exist — people see things in the skies that they cannot identify, ranging from aircraft to meteors. Whether or not any of those objects are alien spacecraft is a different matter. Investigation has found known causes for most sightings, but some UFO incidents will remain unexplained.
INTUITION Call it gut feelings, or a ‘sixth sense’, we have all experienced intuition Psychologists note that people subconsciously pick up information, leading us to sense or know information without knowing exactly how or why we know it. But cases of intuition are difficult to prove or study.
For decades, large, hairy, manlike beasts called Bigfoot have been reported by eyewitnesses across America and Tibet. In the absence of evidence like teeth or bones, support comes down to sightings and ambiguous photos. Since it is logically impossible to prove a universal negative, science will never be able to prove that creatures like the Loch Ness monster do not exist.
Déjà vu is a French phrase meaning ‘already seen’, referring to the distinct, puzzling, and mysterious feeling of having experienced a specific set of circumstances before. Cause and nature of the phenomenon itself remains a mystery.
People who were once near death have sometimes reported various mystical experiences (such as going into a tunnel and emerging in a light). While such experiences are profound, no one has returned with proof or verifiable information from ‘beyond the grave’. Skeptics suggest that the experiences are explainable as hallucinations of a traumatized brain, yet there is no way to know with certainty what causes near-death experiences.
PSYCHIC POWERS & ESP
Psychic powers and extra-sensory perception (ESP) rank among the top unexplained phenomena if for no other reason than that belief in them is so widespread. Many people believe that intuition is a form of psychic power. Researchers have tested people who claim to have psychic powers, though the results under controlled scientific conditions have so far been negative or ambiguous. Some have argued that psychic powers cannot be tested, or for some reason diminish in the presence of skeptics or scientists. If this is true, science will never be able to prove or disprove the existence of psychic powers.
THE BODY-MIND CONNECTION
Medical science is only beginning to understand the ways in which the mind influences the body. The placebo effect, for example, demonstrates that people can at times cause a relief in medical symptoms or suffering by believing the cures to be effective — whether they actually are or not. Using processes only poorly understood, the body’s ability to heal itself is far more amazing than anything modern medicine could create.
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