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"Studies that record the activity of single brain cells find that particular cells fire when someone is staring right at you, but—amazingly—not when the observer's gaze is averted just a few degrees to the left or right of you (then different cells fire instead)."
"Think of a time when you were out in public somewhere and you could sense someone was staring at you, without you even having to look in that person's direction. What information was your (peripheral) visual system using that led to this awareness?"
originally posted by: Mike Stivic
a reply to: Sillyolme
You can add one more too the list..
You always make me put my palm on my forehead....
I have experienced this phenomenon quite often. There is a theory that hair length is a factor. It's definitely strange.
originally posted by: Newt22
I can attest to this in a very significant manor.
First time I relied on the sensation to aid in keeping danger away was when I was a soldier, but, this experience is not what you think.
I'm a northern boy so I need my trees and green spaces, but, I was stationed in the desert... not cool. Whenever I could, I'd hit the road and and go camping in the Mountains, back among the trees. I always brought my bros with me, a tight knit group.
Well, one time we hit this particularly remote place with barely a little town to mark it. We needed some eggs, but, the one gas station didn't have them. They gave us an address where you could buy farm fresh eggs and off we went. We get there and the place is owned and operated by these 3 or 4 ladies. It was a real farm, nothing else. The women were nice, older.
Us young guys were polite and we bought our eggs and tried to move on... There was a lady in the way.. Turn around and there's another. By the time we got loaded in my truck we had one woman jumping on the side bar, hanging on, when we were moving. Needless to say it was some crazy shiznit.... it gets better because it gets worse.
Later, around midnight, we are all sitting around the fire having a few beverages, talking . All the sudden I feel that heavy feeling in the middle of the head, the cross hair feeling in the shoulders. Looking at my bros and can tell they feel it too. Two of us stay talking loud while signing that we are all going to hit the woods, straight back, because something is watching us. Signal was a can thrown in the fire.
We break hard and fast. You don't mess with soldiers. We coral 3 of the 4 women from the farm. I kid you not... The women were in the woods stalking us. The other one was fast enough to get away but we called out to come back and collect her friends and leave - no harm no foul.
The yelling out got the camp ground owner up (an old widower that just loved us up there). She came down to the site, about the same time the one that got away pulled in with a ratty old pickup, and shamed those women by name... stalking soldiers like that. She said they were lucky we didn't kill them in the process... They were both lucky, and shamed, slunk away as fast as they could.
We stayed up that whole night... Dang crazy stuff. We all mentioned how we all 'knew' exactly when those women set up on us.
Did you find out what they wanted or were you guys just spreading the buff pheromones that they couldnt resist?
Tell me a story or recount about a particular time when you felt something so you looked up only to see someone staring directly at you as you peered out and up into your environment and were taken a bit by surprise. Is this ESP or something else ?
a reply to: TheAbove
According to your source its because you simply see the angle of the head and eyes in your peripheral vision, subconsciously. Its not the same as that feeling of being watched when you cant see another person. That would be ESP.