Do you believe in the paranormal? Are you a good judge of risk?
My guess is that if you answered ‘yes’ to the first question you should answer ‘no’ to the second. And in a recent study that’s just what we found.
The idea is simple and goes back to experiments I did many years ago when I was a parapsychologist investigating telepathy, clairvoyance and other paranormal claims. The more research I did the less convincing the evidence became. I began to think that the reason so many people believe in the paranormal is that they misjudge the probability of ordinary events and end up misinterpreting coincidences as psychic phenomena.
Here’s a common example; you wake up in the morning from dreaming you were driving a red sports car across water. Later that day you see exactly the same kind of car driving through a puddle in the road. Or, more seriously, you dream of a friend who has died and the very next day you hear that it was true. Few people can resist jumping to the conclusion that the dream was a precognition. Yet we know from simple probability calculations that death-dream coincidences are bound to happen by chance to someone, somewhere, many times a day.
About 2 months ago, I was sitting in the dinning room of my home eating lunch alone. minus of course our 4 dogs. All of the sudden, midway through my sentence I noticed out of my peripheral vision that my water cup moved a little bit. My friend didn’t notice, so I brushed it off as seeing things and continued finishing my sentence. THEN, as soon as I finish saying whatever I was telling myself, we very clearly saw my water cup slide from one side of the table to the other all on its own. fast too, much faster and farther than the previous movement. I began laughing hysterically eyes were wide open, jaw to the floor. Every time I mention it to someone else though, they don’t find it as interesting or brush it off as I initially did. Anyways I just wanted to share this odd experience, and see what other experiences people have encountered.
I tried using the search bar and going back a few pages, but didn’t see anything that was specifically like this. After reading the “Dope YouTube channels” thread, I went down the rabbit hole on a few recommendations. This lead me to reading a bunch of posts on reddit (I know most are BS and probably made up) but the one that really intrigued me was the stories from the search and rescue worker.
I’m a total creature of habit and I do the same routine every morning (well I was doing the same morning routine for myself at the time). Anyways, my alarm goes off and I wake up immediately. I worked second shift at the time (second shift for our company was 2-11pm) and was going out to the bar after work for 2hrs before they closed. Most people would probably have slept in or be groggy/hungover and might have missed their alarm or snoozed a bunch of times, but not me. Once I’m awake, I’m up and don’t go back to sleep. I wake up as soon as my alarm goes off and hop up immediately. I never hit snooze. I got up, had a cigarette, took a 5 min shower, got dressed, and headed off to work.
I’m about 10 mins from work and a coworker calls me. He’s kinda laughing and asking where I am. I tell him and ask why he’s bugging me. He says “you’re 45 mins late!”. I look down at the clock in my car and sure enough, it’s 2:45pm. I go silent as I’m realizing I can not account for the 45mins I was late. I woke up right when my alarm went off. I did not snooze for 45mins. I took my normal, 5 min shower, got my shit together, and left. I usually was pulling out of my driveway at 130pm as I only worked a half hour from home. On the way there I did not hit any traffic or stop at any stores. There is no way I took a 30 min shower or again, slept in or hit snooze a bunch. I get to work and my buddy who had called and my boss, could tell something was wrong. I explain the situation and they find it funny. Can’t say I blame them or wouldn’t have felt the same.
All day I replayed my morning and for the life of me, can not figure out what happened to me during those missing 45 mins. Since I don’t have any paranormal stories, I’ll tell my brothers. He was in 5th or 6th grade at the time. He was sleeping over at a friends house for the first time. At some point late in the night, they are watching TV and it suddenly goes out. Well not out, but it went to static. They went and checked another tv and had the same thing going on. They were about to wake up the parents to let them know the cable was out. All of a sudden, both TVs got really really loud. To the point that my brother and his friend where thinking the parents would hear it and wake up and get pissed. Well the tv’s got as loud as they could go and then both went back to working. Still wondering what was happening, they woke up the parents. When they went into their room, their TV was on and they where both awake. Their son said sorry the TVs got so loud, but somethings wrong with the cable. The dad asked what they where talking about. My brother asked them if their TV got all black and white and fuzzy, like the reception was going out, and really really loud. They both looked at my brother and their son like they were crazy. They said they had been in bed the whole time, and nothing happened with the TV. They even said they could hear my brother and their son a min or so before they came in their room, so it’s not like there was a lot of noise coming from the room they were in. When my brother was a little older he ran into the kid (he had gone to a different school either at the start or after a year of middle school, so my brother hadn’t seen him in a few years). Turns out this and other weird stuff started happening a lot more. Cabinets opening, lights turning on and off, and some other creepy shit. The kid did some research and had found that the house was built on an Indian graveyard.
What was your paranormal experience, or do you believe in the after life?