Have you ever had an experience of something not known to or accepted by the scientific community? It is so bizarre to know something is possible that is considered impossible by mainstream sources of information. I'm confident that it will be studied and accepted in the future but due to the stigma of my position I would not disclose the experience to those outside of my closest confidants.*
*In an effort not to seem paranoid, woo, or spiritual, I will disclose that I'm not getting probed by aliens, seeing Bigfoot in my backyard, communing with ley lines, or self-diagnosing "morgellons disease."
That's all I'm asking. :-)
I've had the exact same experience as you, on exactly the same day and time as you did...but I can't talk about it because...well...you know..."the stigma" and all...but it's good to know there are "others" out there who know the truth.
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The supernatural is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.
I should also say the supernatural is a synonym for the invisible, and the invisible and the non-existent are very much alike.
That sounds like a pretty standard fight or flight adrenalin situation. Your ability to read the minds of others was just a state of your mind short cutting the decision making process rather than spending time second guessing the potential reactions of others. When those decisions were wrong they were just discarded and new evaluations were made in one shot without second guessing. It only seemed that you were anticipating their every move but in reality you just weren't taking the time to record your errors or doubt yourself
I understand that a lot of people might think I'm "woo" for saying I could read their minds while in "fight or flight mode"...but here's my real question/challenge: Let's assume for a moment that I am correct that I was in fact reading their minds...My curiosity is: What is the scientific explanation behind that? HOW could I read their minds. I would really like to know if anyone has a scientific answer to this for me.
The scientific explanations always come back showing that there is no mind reading going on. The belief that mind reading is going on is a psychological phenomenon based on a number of 'flaws' that help us through stressful events. The primary contributor to that belief is confirmation bias - as I said, you don't take the time to survey your hits and misses and certainly don't have time to pay attention to misses, you simply update a new guess and move forth without a second guess - again because you don't have time to second guess. This leaves you with a series of events wherein you act on impulse after impulse without pause - which statistically is often better than wasting time lamenting errors and double guessing next steps.
Why should we speculate about HOW a phenomenon happens before it's been established that it DOES happen?
Okay, try this. Let's assume that I can turn into a fierce black leopard after sundown (the idea behind the movie Cat People). Explain how that could be.
Now, don't you think that's absurd without some sort of proof that I actually can turn into a leopard?
Hey Unseen, Laugh all you want my friend, but check this out:
See almost the last sentence under "Psychology of the stress response." and I quote:
"There may be a period of heightened awareness, during which each animal interprets behavioral signals from the other. Signs such as paling, piloerection, immobility, sounds, and body language communicate the status and intentions of each animal."
Heather, I really like your explanation. You're probably right. But I am interested in seeing if anyone can explain this to me though. If it were a matter of "hit or miss," I would be dead. Obviously I'm still here, so I think there must be something more to it. I have always believed that there is, but I don't understand the science behind it.
I was in a car crash a couple of weeks ago, and I experienced the "time slows down" feeling, which I've been trying to rationalise (oddly, no fear involved).
So lets hypothesise. If time actually does 'slow down' for you, then imagine the expressions and body language of someone else gives off say ten points of reference, but normally its so fast that we only pick up on on two or three of those. Now with time seeming slower (adrenaline related) you can actually pick up and process all ten points. Perhaps, equipped with those ten points, you can far better assess the other persons mental processes, giving rise to the feeling of mental communication.
This is a very interesting story. I had the same feeling during a wreck. I was calm enough and had enough "time" to recall advice on how to prepare myself for impact-closing eyes, tucking tongue away from my teeth, and relaxing my muscles. It seemed like I was waiting for time to pass, but it couldn't have been more than 2 seconds. Isn't the body amazing!?