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Monique Stevenson: The Letter The Scientific Community Will Never Write

This is a guest post by Monique Stevenson

Dear psychic community,

We, the scientific community, humbly apologize for the overwhelming damage we have caused you by repeatedly trying to ‘debunk’ you. We recognize now the pain and suffering we have caused you, both to individuals and to your community, and regret it wholeheartedly.
In the days of Houdini our actions were pure ignorance. Freud was still starting to guess that homosexuality wasn’t a disorder at the time, and as you can see from that link, it took us until 1986 to officially listen to him. ‘Debunking’ psychics made sense because, well, there were scammers, and they did use the names of loved ones to prey financially and emotionally on other people.
Later, however, there was no excuse. The University College London and the University of Granada both found synthesia linked to two psychic talents, reading auras and healing through auras. No connection was ever made, but mirror-neuron or mirror-touch synthesia may also explain, at least from our perspective, the mechanics of psychic empathy. We have even found evidence that telepathy is possible for non-psychics. Of course, these are relatively recent articles, but if you look at the tone they articles are written in, you realize the problem instantly: Anything mentioning psi is mentioned in the most negative sense, with the exception of the pure analysis paper. The University College London researchers even discuss a young girl whom you would consider psychic by implying she is a more ‘valid’ test subject for not being interested in her cultural heritage.

And this, to be honest, is why we owe you an apology.  We do not know what it is like to be rejected by your parents for an inborn gift.  We do not know what it is like to have an inborn and uncontrollable ability.  And we do not know what it is like to live in a world where asking for help is in and of itself a crapshoot; where you might find help if you are alone, but you are just as likely to find someone who wants to prey financially on you, or tell you ad nausem that you’re crazy and your own experiences aren’t real. The scientific community did not have the power to stop this entirely—nothing can change the human ability for cruelty—but we have had, ever since the studies from London and Granada, the knowledge that you were neither lying nor crazy, and that you were experiencing an entirely natural phenomenon. We did not speak up. We did not confront famous ‘debunkers’, such as James Randi, who is not a scientist—you were the only ones to speak against him. We did not acknowledge that our silence gave implicit license to skeptics to deny everything you felt using our achievements and history.
At no point have we acknowledged that this phenomenon affects children, who grow up alone and afraid to speak of what they feel, because we have told their parents and friends since birth that psychics just aren’t real. A few hours spent on a psychic forum or blog could tell us that this had happened, but then, we could also just turn and ask almost anyone since most of the world has had psychic experiences. Among the psychic community, it is just as easy to find those who were left in this situation as those who, luckily, had inherited abilities from a parent. And if we asked these people, we would hear the same story over and over again: The constant fear of rejection, followed by those fears coming true, and then a long journey through denying their own abilities and living with the pain of the knowledge that those people you most love deny the existence of something as natural to you as playing the flute might be to another, culminating first in denial, and then a battle with yourself to accept something that should have been acknowledged from the beginning . We could not have stopped all of these events, but we could have prevented most of them from occurring.
We have never apologized to the LGBTQ community for the damage we caused to them. We have never apologized to the people of the world for the harm eugenics and racial theories caused. We have never even apologized to Daniel Shechtman, a researcher who discovered quasicrystals, but also served as a sudden reminder that even today, science can be more concerned with our established norms than the basic human dignity we should afford everyone. Although we have brought the world medicine, electricity, and longer life, we do not admit to our errors easily, if at all. We move on, but silently; we leave the damage we have caused for someone else to deal with.
But we want to. Scientists are as human as you.

We are sorry.


The Scientific Community

P.S.  This may not be the letter the scientific community will ever write, but in an ideal world, there would be a way for us to understand what we have done, and are currently doing to not only the psychic community, but the others we marginalize, known and unknown. For now, this fictional letter will have to do.

Monique Stevenson is proud of her online invisibility, but has created a short bio here for anyone interested.

About moniquestevenson

I used to be PinkRangerV, and post a lot of meta-blogs that really got nowhere (sorry, guys), but I've changed my name to moniquestevenson, an alternate spelling of my birth name, because I'm (hopefully) going to start up a blog on psi sometime in the next few months. I'm a twenty-year-old college student who is many hippie stereotypes, but mostly pretty boring, as I constantly tell my eight-year-old sister. Don't worry, my writing is far more interesting. If you'd like to contact me, I have a public email, but I discovered a few years ago that I accidentally made myself invisible online, and I'm trying to see how long I can go with that running. Don't worry, I'm not one of those people who never responds to anything--please, feel free to hit me up! (Unless you're spam. Then I will throw chickens at you.)

11 comments on “Monique Stevenson: The Letter The Scientific Community Will Never Write

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  2. Anonymous
    March 29, 2013

    Interesting posts from Monique and others. Monique, as a person “born” with talents in the psychic direction as well as being a thoroughly skeptical and scientifically trained individual, I have struggled for decades to consider my “abilities” in terms of classical scientific theories. I have found dribs and drabs that fit in areas like chaos theory, relativity and so forth, but I am inevitably forced to accept that there seems to be something enormous going on behind reality (including scientific reality) that we haven’t yet put our fingers on. I suspect we haven’t as yet uncovered the explanatory tools to find a way into this system. And there are two parts to the problem – there is the individual who “processes” information from the environment, and also some sort of transcendent source(s) supplying information in a non-linear, non-temporal, qualitative fashion. I realise this may sound like a creationist perspective, but this is not my intention. For example, how fast is the energy of telepathy, loosely called telergy? Is it faster than the speed of light? I suspect that many of the strange aspects of psychic phenomena could be explained by their origin outside of the speed of light (non-linear time events; communication with “people” who have passed from the physical realm, etc). This latter is a really tough one to understand, yet I have personally experienced situations which leave me in no doubt that this does in fact occur. It is difficult though, to put into words. It’s like inheriting a gift (e.g. musical ability) and then trying to analyse it. There’s really no need to apologise, thanks though. We’re a mighty tough lot, us weirdos!

    • moniquestevenson
      March 30, 2013

      My feeling is that, except for mediums\long-range telepathy, most of our abilities are going to be pretty obvious stuff. For example, psychic empathy might well be an extension of face-reading and body language, or visions might be an REM cycle our bodies undergo while waking (i.e. falling asleep with your eyes open). But at this stage, who knows? We only know a little…but that’s what makes it fun! 🙂

  3. Thomas Bryson
    March 14, 2013

    I find it highly ironic that the author is proud of being invisible, as if to say: Look at me, don’t look at me.

    • moniquestevenson
      March 14, 2013

      LOL. To be honest, there is a practical side to my invisibility: I’m always going to be the candidate who *doesn’t* have drunken FB photos when I go in for job interviews. :p

      • Peter
        March 15, 2013

        Perhaps there should be an oath taken by scientists the continued violation of which would result in the loss of scientific credentials.

        It could start with a nod to the Hippocratic Corpus’s ‘First, do no wrong’, perhaps something along the lines of ‘First, be curious, ask new and better questions, because all that you think you know is partial, if not wrong.

    • Peter
      March 30, 2013

      When the time is right, the teacher appears.

  4. Peter
    March 14, 2013

    So the problems lies in logical errors that could be cured with a knowledge of Venn diagramming and in fear of the unknown and/or the different which could be cured with a knowledge that we are not isolated entities alone in a hostile universe but rather, thanks to that quantum coherence discoveries of Fritz-Albert Popp and those of biophysicist Mae-WanHo among others, that we are such an integral part of the cosmos that there is no “us” but rather merely certain spots of denseness of wave function.

    How do we treat those scientists, skeptics, Athiests and others who insist on retaining a very heavy consciousness resistant to change and proper logic and fraught with fear and defensiveness? Should they be allowed positions of influence? Should they be treated as mentally ill?

  5. David
    March 14, 2013

    I have some empathy for scientists trying to study psychic matters. For me telepathy is chiefly related to emotion and state of mind sharing, not image projection. As I understand the issue most testing has consisted of having test subjects look at flash cards and a recipient guessing the data on the cards. I don’t know how emotional bonding over distance would be tested, but to me that would be an area of first study.

    • frankmat
      March 20, 2013

      Interesting concept David.. not sure I agree but worth looking into. It is not so much guessing the data on the cards but matching up the information you receive with what matches closest.

      eg: The recipient (without any cards or images) will sit isolated in a room and say out loud the thoughts and images they get in their head (eg: grey, africa, big). At the end of the “telepathy” session they then are played back what they said at that time and shown a card with 4 images. They then select the image that was closest to describing the information they saw (eg: elephant).

      So it’s not guessing so much as it is matching up data you received “telepathically”.

  6. Sandy
    March 14, 2013

    That was awesome! 🙂

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