In our modern world the idea of psychic ability is fringe, to say the least. Goblins and dragons are essentially packed away in the same box as this theory; right along with those who claim ownership of an experience of that kind. Today we live in a world that prioritizes bank accounts, retirement funds and governmental politics. However, what if the reality we inhabit is entirely more complex than we could imagine? What if psychic abilities are an actuality?
Hypothetically speaking let us say that psychic abilities exists amongst the human race. What would it be? And no, I am not talking about friends sharing thoughts through the ether sphere, or telekinesis. I mean logistically, how would the inner-workings of something so complex that allows two human brains to communicate actually work?
Rupert Sheldrake, an English biologist, theorizes about what ESP could be in humans as well as all of the animals around us. He calls the concept “morphic resonance.”
“The resonance of a brain with its own past states also helps to explain the memories of individual animals and humans,” said Sheldrake. “There is no need for all memories to be ‘stored’ inside the brain. Social groups are likewise organized by fields, as in schools of fish and flocks of birds. Human societies have memories that are transmitted through the culture of the group, and are most explicitly communicated through the ritual re-enactment of a founding story or myth, as in the Jewish Passover celebration, the Christian Holy Communion and the American thanksgiving dinner, through which the past become present through a kind of resonance with those who have performed the same rituals before.”
For a more polished example Sheldrake also sites behaviors of the bird known as ‘bluetits’ in the United Kingdom; but more commonly referred to as chickadees, here in America:
“The best documented of these is the behavior of bluetits, a rather small bird with a blue head, that is common throughout Britain,” said Sheldrake. “Fresh milk is still delivered to the door each morning in Britain. Until about the 1950s, the caps on the milk bottles were made of cardboard. In 1921 in Southampton, a strange phenomenon was observed.
“When people came out in the morning to get their milk bottles, they found little shreds of cardboard all around the bottom of the bottle, and the cream from the top of the bottle had disappeared,” continued Sheldrake. “Close observation revealed that this was being done by bluetits, who sat on top of the bottle, pulled off the cardboard with their beaks, and then drank the cream. Several tragic cases were found in which bluetits were discovered drowned head first in the milk.”
Skeptics may return with questions of what makes this unique from all other natural animal activity? The fact that the birds themselves learn to steal resources is not the most fascinating part of this example. The events following are what give credibility to Sheldrake’s theory.
“This incident caused considerable interest; then the event turned up somewhere else in Britain, about 50 miles away, and then somewhere about 100 miles away,” Sheldrake said. “Whenever the bluetit phenomenon turned up, it started spreading locally, presumably by imitation. However, bluetits are very home-loving creatures, and they don’t normally travel more than four or five miles.
“Therefore, the dissemination of the behavior over large distances could only be accounted for in terms of an independent discovery of the habit,” continued Sheldrake. “The bluetit habit was mapped throughout Britain until 1947, by which time it had become more or less universal. The people who did the study came to the conclusion that it must have been ‘invented’ independently at least 50 times. “
Sheldrake believes that the observations of the bluetits could be an example of morphic resonance. His reasoning is not because of the unusual spreading of the behavior, but the unexplainable speed of the behavior.
Sheldrake also cites that the behavior continued to spread throughout parts Holland even after the age of free milk for the bluetits. Because these birds have a short average lifespan it is impossible for any of the younger birds to remember that free cream is available.
Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, commented on if there was any evidence that humans exhibit the same behavior. And from a psychological standpoint, she surprisingly affirmed the suspicions.
“There are a couple of studies that have tried to test Rupert Sheldrake’s theory with humans, and they had people look at actual Chinese symbols and things that resembled Chinese symbols,” Simmonds-Moore explained. “But there are studies with ESP that have been undertaken since the end of the 19th century that demonstrate that something is going on. So yes it does seem as if there is evidence that ESP can occur.”
In theory, the idea of morphic resonance in biology translates clearly into the idea of ESP in the realm of psychology. The defining question is whether or not human consciousness behaves the same way. Human consciousness is likely extremely more complex; however, the basis of psychic communication or ESP is relative.
The pinnacle of human potential is could be on the verge of receiving a boost, according to Simmonds-Moore.
“I think there are some interesting advances being made,” Simmonds-Moore said. “Everyone talks about quantum, and I am not a physicist but Dean Radin is doing some really interesting work fusing physics with parapsychology. He suggests that consciousness plays a role in what we see, he shows support for observational theories of reality. I think that more theories will be coming out, and I think that the process of fusing parapsychology and physics will bring a new perspective of reality to the world.”