For the majority of the population, the world is a rich visual palette that gives depth and texture to the things we see around us. The panoramic explosion of color in a a fireworks display, the muted tones at a formal gathering, or the riot of hues on display at a Mardi Gras celebration, these are all examples of situations in which color is such an integral part of the experience that one cannot imagine anything different. So as far as colors are concerned, we can already see all there is to see… right?(more…)
Empathy is the “intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.” But claims exist that some individuals take this innate human capacity a step further into the paranormal, and are able to precisely synchronize their emotional state with that of another person, or alternatively, project their own emotions onto the psyche of others around them. This is distinct from telepathy, in which an individual is believed to literally read another person’s thoughts, much as one would read this article. Paranormal empaths would be individuals who are able to forcibly alter someone else’s emotional registry. Can any evidence of such a phenomenon be found?(more…)
Human beings have evolved a highly sophisticated capacity to receive and process information from their surrounding environment. While most of us take our traditional five senses for granted, there are individuals who function with fewer than five, yet what they are able to achieve with the senses they do possess borders on a precociousness that seems superhuman.
Death imparts an irreversible finality that human beings have developed many ways of addressing. Rituals surrounding the end of life have been an inseparable part of human civilization, with traditions spanning centuries around the world. From the embalming practices of the ancient Egyptians, to the modern day interment of the deceased, people have devised many methods of preserving bodies and memories of loved ones and honored fallen. Indeed, memories are typically all that are left behind, while the empty human shell decays over time. But in some instances even that does not happen…(more…)
Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are more terrifying if they’re not in your closet. It is estimated that there are hundreds of undiscovered species out in the wild, but the stories that captivate the most interest describe creatures that are the most elusive… and sometimes dangerous.
If you’ve ever had to be in two places at the same time, you’ve probably wished there was a way to accomplish that. Outside the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy, however, that remains a distinct impossibility… or does it? Some mystic traditions from around the world have reported such a phenomenon, and as unbelievable as it sounds, witnesses provide corroborating stories that raises both intrigue and skepticism.
Fans of fictional characters such as Cyclops from the X-men, or Sookie Stackhouse from TrueBlood will appreciate the fantastic human ability to generate light, whether as concussive optic beams, or ambient mystical flashes. Nothing quite this spectacular exists in the real world, but humans may have evolved a subtle, but complex system of light detection and generation beyond what is normally expected.
In literature, foretelling death is the kind of ability alternately regarded as a curse or a blessing; the former because seeing the end without being able to avoid it drives home the sense of inevitability, the latter because there is always hope that premature death can be guarded against or postponed. Though methods of predicting human death have evolved from mystic to scientific, there still remain some unexplained phenomena which suggest that being able to sense impending death could be an intrinsic human ability.(more…)
Watching a gymnast demonstrate their acrobatic ability, or a parkour cruise effortlessly over urban obstacles, or a martial artist maneuver around opponents as if dancing always leaves a spectator amazed at the range of human athleticism. But imagine if an individual, never having trained or practiced any of these skills, suddenly was able to perform any of these things after watching someone else do it…(more…)
Communicating with another human being is an ability that is never truly appreciated until a person finds him or herself in a foreign country with no knowledge of how to speak the resident language. For some, knowledge of languages other than their mother tongue is a consequence of choice or circumstance and gives rise to multilingual individuals. But is it possible to suddenly develop an encyclopedic and comprehensive knowledge of all languages?(more…)
Imagine the surprise and confusion of looking at your notebook, only to realize that you have no recollection of what you have just written. This is not a simple case of nodding off during a lecture and having your penmanship trail off the page. Nor is it an instance of falling asleep on your keyboard and then waking up to three pages of repetitive gibberish.(more…)
You know you’ve been in that situation before- scratching your head, wondering where you’ve put your car keys. Or clicking on folder after folder on your computer, knowing that you just left that document in an “easy-to-find” directory. Such memory lapses are something that everyone has experienced, and would not come as a surprise to many. But for some, memory lapses are rare events, if not completely foreign to them.