Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sixth Sense

Do we really have Sixth Sense?

Humans have five basic senses, which enable them to interact with the outside world. These are: hearing, smell, sight, taste, and touch. Many people seem to possess a sixth sense (psychic sense). This (sixth sense) helps people to sense information beyond the domain of five senses, and have claimed to predict the future, sense spirits and read others mind.
The term sixth sense was coined by the German scientist Dr Rudolf Tischner in 1920. He defined this as an Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) which include telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, retrocognition and psychometry.

Telepathy refers to mind-to-mind communication. Clairvoyance is the ability to see things not available by known senses. Precognition is the power to foresee future events, Retrocognition is the strength to see past events and psychometry is the power to know the history of an object.
Every person has experienced sixth sense at some point or other during his or her lives. The degree varies from individual to individual. It is still not known how the sixth sense operates, and it is not associated with any of the body organs. This leads to the conclusion that the process is entirely mental involving human soul or the subconscious mind.
Scottish researchers claim to have found scientific proof for communication among spiritual mediums. Prof Archie Roy concludes that mediums communicate using more than the five normal senses. In his experiments the communication was established using a microphone and the identities of all involved were physically separated in different rooms and kept confidential. The research is still on to prove how the medium actually transmits this information. If there is an emotional tie between two individuals, the medium can pick the signals. This can be compared to the transmission of radio signals.

The only person who can certify this phemomenon is the one who actually receives the message. Researchers at Germany’s Freiberg University seem to have evidence in support of the existence of sixth sense.
Some researchers refer sixth sense to be an instinct. Animals and the insects use it all the time. The intuitive human mind wants empirical evidence for all the traits. Further, the empirical evidence is not separated from other five senses.

There are lot of examples, like radio waves, where we cannot perceive things with our five senses. Certain high pitch voices are there, which only the dogs can hear. It took years of research to prove that there exist things called "germs". These are beyond the purview of the five basic senses. We cannot see, taste, feel, hear or smell germs on our hands.

There are number of evidences, where the dogs have warned their masters of some potential mishappening. Many animals get nervous before an earthquake is to occur. This may be attributed either to their sixth sense or vibration sensory powers, more sensitive than humans.
It has been reported that the animals’ "sixth sense" saved them from recent tsunami disaster. Sri Lankan wildlife officials have said the giant waves that killed over 24,000 people along the Indian Ocean island’s coast seemingly missed wild beasts, with no dead animals found. The waves washed floodwaters upto two miles inland biggest wildlife reserve of Srilanka, hosting hundreds of wild elephants and leopards, but not a single body of any animal was found. There are many reports of birds detecting impending disasters.

There are numerous stories of people having dreams that later came true to some extent. Abraham Lincoln is said to have dreamt of his death, days before he was assassinated. A completely blind Britisher has been shown to possess "sixth sense" which enables him to recognise emotions on people’s faces. Brain scans of the blind person revealed that when the man looked at faces depicting emotion, it activated a part of his brain called the right amygdala, which responds to non-verbal emotional signals.

The research to prove the existence of sixth sense is going on. For verification, the phenomenon must be measurable and repeatable. The drawback with sixth sense is that it is impossible to repeat experiments with it. The more the person attempts to use his sixth sense, the less it seems to work.

All the medical explanations have failed for near death experiences. "Cybersense" has already emerged as a weak link between the five senses and the sixth sense. The inventions of modern times were research topics a few years back. The research on sixth sense will pave the way for facts and conclusions related to this intuitive sense.

With Spl.Thanx to Deepak,


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