It may surprise you if I say there’s no such thing as “paranormal.” What people consider paranormal is really “normal” if we consider other-dimension realities.
Things are called paranormal only because they cannot be explained by conventional or mainstream science, such as telepathy, spirit manifestations, teleportation, bilocation or telekinesis. But these phenomena are normal and not supernatural.
Mind-to-mind communication or telepathy, for example, is natural and has been documented as occurring between two or more people since the beginning of recorded history. The same thing with ghostly manifestations. They exist whether we believe them or not.
As for bilocation (to be in two places at the same time) and teleportation (the disappearance of an object from one place and its immediate appearance in a distant place) takes place naturally in the subatomic or quantum level of matter, according to quantum physicists. These are not considered supernatural or paranormal.
But because it is the more familiar word, even if many people I’ve talked to could not define it, such occurrences or phenomena are labeled as ‘’paranormal.”
In the West, there are university programs leading to the academic degree or certificate in Parapsychology, meaning “beyond” or “beside” psychology.
There is no such course in the Philippines. That’s why I cannot call myself a parapsychologist, although a good number of foreign parapsychologists and psychic researchers consider me to be one, given my extensive research and the numerous books and articles I have written on the subject.
It is my hope that local scientists and academicians would someday look deeply into this field to see if it is worth studying further and, perhaps, eventually include it in the curriculum.
The only time Parapsychology was included in the academe was in 1982 when I taught it at De La Salle University as an elective in Sociology for one semester, and again from 2005 to 2007 when I taught New Age Philosophy and Parapsychology in the Philosophy Department at San Beda College (now university).
But one government school of higher learning awarded me a Ph.D (honoris causa) for my extensive contribution in this field. This is the Marinduque State College, now university.
I did not realize it was more difficult to get an honorary Ph.D degree than go through a two-year graduate study.
The great inventor and genius, Nikola Tesla, once said, ‘’The moment science studies nonphysical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than all the centuries of its existence.” It is difficult to argue against this enlightened view.
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