Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
Psychic ability is essentially a field effect. It’s not like a beam directed from a person towards another person or object, but more like a zone of influence. There is already a great deal of scientific evidence to support this and it’s often the only way to explain some of the results that are seen. There are many very curious things about psi field effects and it’s quite difficult to sort them all out. In particular, what constitutes a “field?” In other words, how does consciousness differentiate between various entities to form specific fields?
This isn’t a trivial question. At the most basic level, quantum physics demonstrates that the universe is non local; that is to say, we are all completely and utterly connected to one another at all times. So how is it that some connections are stronger to the point of having measurable results and others are not measurable at all? To put it another way, why is my connection with my mother so much stronger than with an iguana in Mexico?
Quantum physics tells us that these connections are substantially identical, yet they are not. Under some conditions these fields seem to have physical limitation and under other conditions they do not. The Global Consciousness Project records changes in random event generators (eggs) around the globe as a means of measuring simple changes in human consciousness (order vs. randomness) When a major event occurs, such as a major train wreck in India, the disturbance is not felt world wide, but is somewhat localized. Similarly, meditation efforts specifically designed to affect the “eggs” were carried out at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and sure enough, the effect was strongest locally and got weaker as the geographic distance increased.
Yet studies have shown that distance is not a barrier for telepathy. And they can be very specific. Certainly there is some sort of field between twins, even those who have never met. So why does distance matter in one situation, but not another? There appear to be fields that occur as a result of biology. That is to say, each species has its own field. But there are more temporary fields, such as a stadium full of people having a measurable effect on a game. While we are part of some fields permanently, such as our own families, we are also temporarily in other groups, such as in sports teams. There seems to be a great deal of overlap in consciousness fields and fields within fields within fields.
What causes fields of consciousness to spring into existence? What extinguishes them? I don’t know. But there seems to be gradations of strength, size and duration. When contemplating the existence of consciousness fields, we assume that consciousness is a fundamental property of physics and that our minds tune and refine it, but do not create it (and it cannot be destroyed.) and that it is in everything. But for this discussion, we’re going to stick to the most easily understandable creature: humans. Consciousness appears to be partially, but not completely tuned at a biological level. So as humans we are in the human’s consciousness field, and not an iguana’s. As such, we tune in far more readily and relate better to other humans and don’t normally relate all that well to iguanas.
This is the basic idea behind Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of Morphic Resonance. The more closely related the humans, the stronger this consciousness field will be, with identical twins being the strongest of such fields. (It is highly likely that some insect species use clone armies to create a tight consciousness field that allows vast numbers of workers to fight and build in nearly complete cooperation.) I often wonder if the spread of personalities in the population, as described by the MBTI is a situation where consciousness forms at a larger level by distributing different personalities within a population. In other words, in a tribe of, say 125 people you will find all sorts of different personalities and together they have all sorts of different ways of thinking which can help to tackle all sorts of different problems.
I would guess that you could test this by giving the MBTI to various known groups which don’t discriminate in a way that excludes certain personality types. If the distribution of personalities remains unnaturally even in each group that’s tested then it’s an indication that people are unconsciously self selecting to be the missing personality piece when they join larger groups.
In the course of our lives we give attention to various groups of people and when we associate closely enough with one or more of them, we will begin to either form or join a consciousness field and bond with those people. Marriage is a type of consciousness field between two people, but it can be much larger. For example, I am in an international speaking organization: Toastmasters. I have been for many years.
Mostly, my connection is just to the one club that I belong to. I’ve known some of these people many years now and for most of us Toastmasters is the only place we associate together. Yet Toastmasters is huge and when we have events that comprise other clubs, there is a certain sense of connection with other members whom I have never before met. It’s not just the psychological part of being in the same organization, it’s an ineffable sense of belonging. I am included in this “Toastmasters field effect.”
So it appears that there exist consciousness fields based in both biology and free choice. I am most interested in free choice consciousness fields because they are the most malleable and therefore the most interesting. For example: is there a way for a sports team to modify their field to create better overall team performance? There are certainly many examples of teams that have had outrageous success with seemingly mediocre players because they all functioned better as a unit than they ever could as individuals. And there are an abundance of examples of sports teams loaded with great players that could achieve only mediocrity. Is there something about mixing the right sorts of personalities and mentalites together that is a winning combination? how does that work?
I could probably write a paper on this subject, but for now, it’s just something to think about.