Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
Hat tip to Don Salmon for bringing this to my attention.
It is amazing to me what happens when you start looking for consciousness. The information comes cascading in. This time it’s cellular memory phenomenon. You may remember an article I did a while ago titled: Consciousness At the Cellular Level: The Experiments of Cleve Backster. Another relevant post I did was: Consciousness is Part of Reality, Not a Trick of Evolution
Backster demonstrated that consciousness occurs at the cellular level. And while it was fascinating and it demonstrates the far reach of consciousness, it wasn’t until I ran across cellular memory phenomenon that a picture developed of how much this affects us, which is apparently a lot.
Cellular Memory Phenomenon is a term doctors coined for the personality changes that people undergo after organ transplants. Here are some stories:
Cheryl Johnson received a kidney.
Cheryl Johnson, 37, says she has changed completely since receiving the organ in May. She believes that she must have picked up her new characteristics from the donor, a 59-year-old man who died from an aneurysm.
Now, not only has her personality changed, the single mother also claims that her tastes in literature have taken a dramatic turn. Whereas she only used to read low-brow novels, Dostoevsky has become her author of choice since the transplant.
Miss Johnson, from Penwortham, in Preston, Lancs, said: “You pick up your characteristics from your donor. My son said when I first had the transplant, I went stroppy and snappy – that wasn’t me.
“I have always loved books but I’ve started to read classics like Jane Austen and Dostoevsky. I found myself reading Persuasion.”
An annoymous post on a message board:
I had my transplant oct 2005… long story short it worked out, eventually. My problem is that I WAS an honor roll student in all my life until after this surgery. Then (9-11th grade) I dissappointed my family over and over again by failing in school, being mean… or lazy…. and its not me. I seem to be more controlling, and argumentative. but thats not the real problem at all.
I used to be the annoying (sometimes funny) kid from 1st grade -8th, but now I don’t even talk in school. The part that concerns me is that I dont care that im not talking, I dont want to talk to anyone because people make me sick. they are just overall useless, I could go on for days about it, but thats not the point. It worries me that Ive lost faith in humanity and myself.
I also cant enjoy all the things I used to do, for example I cant play Halo 3 because I shake and can never truly improve at the game.
Claire Sylvia from this article:
Claire Sylvia who received a heart and lung transplant in the 1970’s from an eighteen year old male donor who had been in a motorcycle accident. None of this information was known to Sylvia, who upon waking up claimed she had a new and intense craving for beer, chicken nuggets, and green peppers, all food she didn’t enjoy prior to the surgery. A change in food preferences is probably the most noted in heart transplant patients. Sylvia wrote a book about her experiences after learning the identity of her donor called A Change of Heart.
And one more from People magazine:
Bill Wohl was a hard-driving self-described type A executive until cardiac disease nearly killed him in 2000. A heart transplant at the University of Arizona medical center saved his life—and transformed it in ways he could never have imagined. Weeks after his operation, Wohl, now 58, heard a song on the radio by the British vocalist Sade. “I just started crying and rocking,” he recalls. Odd, since before the surgery, Wohl hadn’t heard of Sade and was not the type to mist up over a torch song. Later he contacted the family of organ donor Michael Brady, the 36-year-old Hollywood stuntman whose heart he had received, and made an intriguing discovery. Sade was one of Brady’s favorite singers. “It was,” says Wohl, “really, really freaky.”