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Collective Paranormal Experiences
Collective Paranormal Experiences


Quote:There are numerous explanations and theories regarding why paranormal experiences occur, and what they may be. Believers in the supernatural may argue that experiences are evidence of the existence of ghosts and the otherworldly. Skeptics, on the other hand, may explain such phenomena away as the result of environmental and psychological influences, perhaps even fraud or simply the ‘need’ to believe in something. Regardless of these debates, paranormal experiences are still a prevalent part of our human and indeed, social, experience.

Over the last six years my interest has been in the ‘social’ element of such experiences. It all started with an encounter of my own, and a subsequent interest in understanding collective experiences...
"Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible Sun within us."

  -Thomas Browne
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It's a bit frustrating to see that even those that claim to study the paranormal,try to reduce it to a matter of "belief".
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before..."
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(10-15-2017, 06:33 PM)E. Flowers Wrote: It's a bit frustrating to see that even those that claim to study the paranormal,try to reduce it to a matter of "belief".

If their experience - recounted in that article - is all they have to go on... perhaps it's not surprising. Her thesis seemed more like an investigation into the psychology of amateur paranormal groups, and the low-hanging-fruit experiences they have, as opposed to an attempt to investigate less-ambiguous collective paranormal experiences.

IMO the less ambiguous apparitional-type experiences are the out-of-the-blue, one-off, full on, full colour, downright shocking intrusions of dislocated information into ones experience.
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