Sunday, May 8, 2011


In the quirky 1996 film, The Frighteners, the strange FBI agent keeps trying to do things 'through the power' of his mind.  Science tells us we only use about 10% of the potential of the human brain. In the 1970's, a group of Canadian researchers sought to explore the role of the mind in the concept of the ghost.  Beginning with a hypothesis that the mind can generate a "spirit" through  the powers of the mind. Thus using expectation, imagination and visualization, the members of the group created a ghost, gave him a history and a name, Phillip. Strangely, the group was able to 'summon' the ghost and have the ghost demonstrate its presence via 'table movements' and 'rappings.'

All of this brings into question the current state of paranormal activity as revealed weekly on numerous entertainment programs and on websites by  groups dedicated to ghost hunting. Do we generate just what we expect to find?  Do we - through the power of the 90% mind - reproduce the sights, sounds, or smells associated with a 'haunting'?  Can this mind power be strong enough to implant itself on electronic audio or visual equipment?

Or, is that 90% mind we seldom utilize amusing itself at our expense? 

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