Supernatural & Paranormal.

Isn't it funny how we humans always try to tell nature how it works. I would have thought it would be the other way around. Humans should take the time to learn how the world actually works.

It is impossible for something to happen that is not normal and natural in the system of nature. These two words are a huge cop out. Just people saying we don't know how it works so we will just pretend it's not normal. Supernatural and paranormal are labels given to things we don't understand but are too dishonest too own up too it.

Lets look at human mental ability and in particular some of the perfectly normal, perfectly natural things savants can do.

 

"In a story called 'The Abominable Mr. Gunn', Graves offers a practical example. When he was at school, a fellow pupil named Smilley was able to solve complex mathematical problems merely by looking at them. Asked by the master ‑ Mr. Gunn ‑ how he did this, he replied. 'It just came to me.' Mr. Gunn disbelieved him; he thought he had simply looked up the answers in the back of the book. When Smilley replied that the answer got two of the figures wrong, Mr. Gunn sent him to be caned. And he forced him to do his sums 'the normal way' until Smilley lost his strange ability."

 From Atlantis to the Sphinx.   Colin Wilson.   Virgin Books.

There are certain numbers called primes, which cannot be divided exactly by another number ‑ 7, 13 and 17 are examples. But there is no simple mathematical method of finding out whether a large number is a prime, except by painfully dividing every smaller number into it. Even the most powerful computer has to do it this way. Oliver Sacks has described two mentally subnormal twins in a New York asylum who can sit swapping twenty‑figure primes.

From Atlantis to the Sphinx.   Colin Wilson.   Virgin Books.



Daniel Tammet is talking. As he talks, he studies my shirt and counts the stitches. Ever since the age of three, when he suffered an epileptic fit, Tammet has been obsessed with counting. Now he is 26, and a mathematical genius who can figure out cube roots quicker than a calculator and recall pi to 22,514 decimal places. He also happens to be autistic, which is why he can't drive a car, wire a plug, or tell right from left. He lives with extraordinary ability and disability.

Autistic savants have displayed a wide range of talents, from reciting all nine volumes of Grove's Dictionary Of Music to measuring exact distances with the naked eye. The blind American savant Leslie Lemke played Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No1, after he heard it for the first time, and he never had so much as a piano lesson. And the British savant Stephen Wiltshire was able to draw a highly accurate map of the London skyline from memory after a single helicopter trip over the city.

There are many theories about savants. Professor Allan Snyder, from the Centre for the Mind at the Australian National University in Canberra,, for instance, believes that we all possess the savant's extraordinary abilities - it is just a question of us learning how to access them.

The Guardian

One day we will stop calling perfectly normal abilities extraordinary, and then perhaps perfectly normal people will be able to do perfectly normal things.

There's a trick to it of course. Do you really think profoundly mentally ill people have extraordinary abilities? There are thousands of collective programs running on the virtual brain. Every mathematical formula has one. Then there's days & dates, weather histories, names and places, songbooks, musical skills, every trade and profession that had ever existed, If more than one human being has ever thought about something, and at the same time wondered if anyone else in the world might know, then there is a collective program for that topic. Mentally ill people, particularly the autistic and those suffering dissociative identity disorder, mostly lack a strong self generated identity program. In it's absence, they can sometimes develop the trick of basing their conscious self on a collective knowledge program rather than their own personality program. And if that's the only time they get any real recognition of themselves it's no wonder they keep doing it all their lives and thus get more skilled at it.

But please, do not try this at home. Professor Snyder is correct - there is a little savant in all of us. But anyone who has seen the movie Shine will know the risk of externalizing it. " In London, David Helfgott enters a Concerto competition, choosing to play Rachmaninoff's difficult 3rd Concerto, a piece he had attempted to learn as a young child to make his father proud. As David practices, he increasingly becomes manic in his behavior. David wins the competition, but suffers a mental breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he receives electric shock therapy."(from Wikipedia). To play the Rachmaninoff, he had to call more and more on his "inner savant" - the collective knowledge and skills of all piano players. During the performance, isolated at his piano in an otherwise hushed room, he slowly took on the collective pianist program as his own personality program and played brilliantly. However, when his performance ended and the audience stood and applauded, his own personality program did not restart. Instant autism - or catatonic trance. And sadly, the therapy that follows never seems to be able to put things back the way they were. More examples can be found in the movie "A Beautiful Mind", and books like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and k-pax.

If you want to unlock the incredible, and perfectly normal, powers of the collective brain, all you have to do is will away the virus's. As you embrace the reality of life on earth, you will slowly realise that all of these programs are now working for you. But if you want to play the piano like David Helfgott, no matter how much you embrace the collective program, you will still have to practice as much as he did. And no matter how closely you embrace the collective, if you want to beat Daniel Tammet's record of reciting Pi prepare to spend 25 years practicing.

There are also some useful, practical day to day skills demonstrated at the savant level. A few years ago I was studying Computer Science at university. We were given assignments in C Programming at 11.00 am. We had 4 weeks and 2 days to complete them. Must have been difficult. I read quickly through the assignment before putting it in my bag, and forgot all about it. That night, I would get the assignment out and sit down at the computer and simply type out the program. It took about an hour, mostly because I have poor typing skills. The next night I would do the same thing with the "challenge" portion of the assignment. If you had a working program you could take on the challenge of adding additional features to the program for an extra 20% mark. It seemed weird getting 120% for each assignment. And a bit like young Smilley above, eventually my tutors and lecturers told me I could never be a good programmer because I would not be able to work as part of a team because no one else would know what I was doing.