A few years ago I was employed as a researcher on a ganzfeld experiment. For those that have never heard of this particular parapsychology experiment, it basically involves a form of sensory isolation (participants wear ping-pong balls over their eyes and listen to white noise). A 'sender' in a different room watches a video clip, which they try and telepathically send to the 'receiver' (who is ping-ponged up). The claim is that there is a correspondence between what the sender is watching and the imagery that the receiver experiences.
I recently found a newspaper article which was written about our study, by a local reporter. An extract:
PERHAPS is the word that clings to this subject like film on a ham. It comes with a shrug or a careless raising of the eyebrows from the sceptics who refuse to accept that any human experience can slip the grip of rational explanation.
What they see is true, what they touch is material, what they smell are granny's gum-boots, releasing a green steam in the pantry; and what they hear is the wind in the trees, not the melody of lost souls.
Outside Louie Savva says: "Perhaps we'll find something"
Well, if you've read my post on why I quit up parapsychology, you'll know exactly what I discovered. That the smell, really just is, granny's gum-boots!Go Top