In a recent column in the Daily Express, Kevin Baldeosingh made a harsh commentary on the absolute, completely fraudulent and unsubstantiated nature of all paranormal activity. In his usual style, Baldeosingh’s derision was plainly spoken, and I felt unwarranted in the face of human history — something I notice he too readily and regularly disregards in favour of his own opinion.
I’m the first to admit disgust towards charlatans and con men, who claim paranormal powers and seek only to fleece believers in the same. However, I have to disagree with his assertion that these ‘things’ don’t exist. I guess people like myself, who don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all yet and are not members of the Council of the Universe, leave God to know what is and isn’t. Not terribly sophisticated and intellectual I know, but since I can’t prove the paranormal exists, I don’t attempt to prove via my opinion that the paranormal doesn’t exist. I find it comes a little to close to declaring myself openly as a member of the COTU, and I sorry oui, I not that fast with myself just yet.
Far be it for me to suggest that Mr. Baldeosingh is NOT the creator of the universe; in fact I feel he must have considerable knowledge of the inner workings of the time-space continuum. Only one with such knowledge could so authoritatively dismiss all of anything as ‘crap’. How very scientific, empirical and institutionally minded of Mr. Baldeosingh. Quite stunningly so.
What I would like to suggest is that there is more that is unseen than seen in our universe. Human history is filled with enough stories of things that defy our very limited human understanding, to warrant an open mind. Being that we only use a small percentage of our brain matter (10 per cent) it seems a trifle obvious. Assumptions that these are all lies and plots simply to con people out of their money, is in part buying into the greatest lie — the one humans create to limit and truncate our potential in fear of our own power and the very things that make us a part of something tragic and magnificent all at once. Some of them are lies surely, but I am hesitant to write them ALL off as such.
With support from journalists like Mr. Baldeosingh, with space to fill in their respective papers and cynicism alive and well certainly the pervading Judeo-Christian attitude of modern science have a winning support team. I suppose there is nothing but emptiness beyond Pluto, Mr. Baldeosingh, hadn’t you heard?
The Indigo Girls sing “Galileo’s head was on a block; His crime was looking up the truth.” Certainly, any method of measuring the paranormal, using science’s very limited language and precepts, often proves nothing more than human immaturity in the face of all that the Universe contains. Galileo was righter than rain, and merely echoing the knowledge of Ancient Ethiopia, Egypt and Sumer, but he was still a heretic until a few short years ago.
Although they claim to be impartial and nonjudgmental, scientists live in society and are subject to its norms and attitudes. In fact, many of them are subscribers to rather rigid world views — like the Catholic Church in relation to our friend Galileo — and have a tendency to dismiss all study into what is considered paranormal, and as such determine the opinions of men like Mr. Baldeosingh. However, the more scientists discover and declare it becomes apparent how much they do not know or are not declaring.
Men like Einstein, who spent his life searching for truth and is one of physics most original and creative thinkers, found his own Theory of Relativity limiting and gave his support to the work of Pibram, Bohm (his protegee) and Bohr, physicists who challenge the way we think of the very fabric of the Universe, the paranormal and seeming superhuman behaviour. I would suggest Mr. Baldeosingh a fan of absolutes I am sure, pick up a copy of the book Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot. In it he may find an also alternate way of interpreting the paranormal and its reality and unreality an couched in the science that Mr. Baldeosingh so readily defers too. Or more likely, dismiss it as ‘crap’ as well. Too much of a challenge to step outside the box; too much like a call to mental emancipation I suppose.
Einstein said, “The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder at it, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.”
At the very least, Mr. Baldeosingh should consult the COTU before dismissing something so completely in print. I personally think, to invalidate reported human experience based purely on the actions of a those who are exploiting it for money, is nothing short of deliberate myopia. Aren’t these actions merely advertising someone’s ignorance and fear rather than their balanced view of life of the world as it is, rather than as it should be?
Because we lack the knowledge and language to explain these activities, doesn’t necessarily mean these ‘things’ do not exist. It just means we’re human and don’t understand… at least not yet.
First published when this blog was a column in the Wire newspaper, Trinidad, January of 2003.