In our current world, fewer people believe that the paranormal doesn’t exist when compared to those who believe, either based on their own research and investigations, or because of cultural upbringing. According to a 2005 Gallup poll it was found that approximately three out of four Americans believe in the paranormal. The list of 13 experiences tested in the poll is eclectic, ranging from Halloween- and occult-oriented phenomena such as ghosts and witches, to mental experiences like ESP, clairvoyance/clairaudience, and psychic or spiritual healing. While that might make our numerous paranormal research teams, psychics, intuitives, and investigators feel justified in their findings, the news only gets better.
What happens when physics and physicists begin exploring the very real possibility that the paranormal may well be a result of the multiple universe theory?
Brian Jesephson is a Nobel-prize winning physicist who has studied the human brain and the paranormal for more than 30 years. In a 2002 interview titled Pioneer of the Paranormal, Jesephon states that most physicists today have an “irrational prejudice against unorthodox areas of research.” Josephson is best known for his groundbreaking theoretical work on superconductivity, which led to the invention of the Josephson junction and earned him a share of the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physics. Josephson junctions are the key components in superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) which are widely used to make extremely sensitive measurements of magnetic fields. Of late, however, Josephson is the director of the “Mind-matter unification project” at the Cavendish located in London. He spends his time thinking about how the brain works, investigating topics such as language and consciousness, and pondering the fundamental connections between music and the mind. Most controversially, as far as physicists are concerned, he carries out speculative research on the nature of paranormal phenomena, a field known as parapsychology.
Recent developments in cosmology and particle physics suggests that there very well may be a basis for paranormal activity that many perceive to exist. Research suggests that there could be many other universes (or the multiverse) which might also go so far as to explain the origin of our own universe and why it is fine-tuned for the development of life. But are speculations about other universes that can never been seen, based on theories that may never be testable, philosophy or science? This theory of the multiverse has polarized physicists since first introduced. However, more and more lauded scientists theorize that quantam physics can ultimately explain the paranormal, called Paranormal Theory, of which the idea of the multiverse is part of. Quantam physics also supports in theory that time is not linear but exists all at once. Because our brains are only able to perceive time in a linear fashion, we believe, perhaps erroneously, that times unfolds linearly.
An example of this might be a man in civil war garb seen walking in a house or building before vanishing into a closed door or wall. Or perhaps he is seen traversing a field upon which he once upon a time fought in an all too real war. Are we seeing another reality in motion or are we instead perceiving energetic memory, a recorded playback of energy that typically takes the same path each time it’s replayed?
The First Law of Thermodynamics, or the law of conservation of energy, states that the total energy of an isolated system (our “souls,” for instance, which are thought to be a form of energy that is bound to our physical forms) is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed. In short, it’s thought that our souls or spirits detach from our bodies at the moment of physical death, but is not destroyed. It is converted to another form of energy. And what if that converted energy takes the form of an apparition that’s able to interact with our human forms in accordance with quantam physics, or that the vison of the civil war soldier endlessly looping in the multiverse is energy that has become trapped between realities?
You may be familiar with the “Skinwalker” Ranch located southeast of Ballard, Utah, which is a site of many paranormal and UFO-related events. It’s nickname is derived from the skinwalkers of the Hopi nation legend. In one account, the occupants of the house heard strange sounds coming from beyond their house and went to investigate. Peering through binoculars toward where the sounds emanated from, the man claimed to see a dazzling bright light hovering just above the ground. Fearing that it was some sort of alien craft, the other man turned to hide inside the house, but was stopped when he heard his friend say, “It’s not a light, it’s a tunnel. A tunnel of light.” By their reports, a black figure appeared in the opening, and crawled out.
“It looked like a black-furred sasquatch,” one of the men later stated. It looked at the two men then lumbered off into the night, the tunnel of light disappearing behind it.
Now owned by the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDSci), teams of research professionals and investigators hope to study anecdotal sightings of UFOs, bigfoot-like creatures, crop circles, glowing orbs, and poltergeist activity reported by its former owners.
Popular culture has long held the paranormal as a source of endless fascination. Witness the stunning popularity of Stranger Things, a streaming tribute to childhood in the 1980s that contained many instances of the paranormal. Stephen King writes prolifically about all things supernatural and paranormal.
What does our understanding of such theories mean for our perception of the paranormal? Our world is full of mysteries, but as we push further into the age of technology, that shroud is growing thinner. As our investigative technology becomes more sensitive to energy fields that exist all around us, we become better able to connect with these multiple realities and the inhabitants which dwell there.