posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 10:15 AM
This isn't a paranormal thread, so mods, please read before you send it over to the Paranormal Forum.
So, last night, I went to bed as why wife was watching some late night guilty-pleasure TV (one of those bridezilla type shows that she actually enjoys
every now and then, if she's in the mood for obviously dumb TV). At 5:00 this morning, she wakes me up, after being troubled by something that
happened to her downstairs a few hours before.
"I heard a voice downstairs," she said. "It came out of thin air."
"Okay," I said, "did you recognize it?"
"No. It was male, but I didn't recognize it as anyone I know."
"What did it say?"
She paused, and prefaced the quote, so as to give it proper context. "I was getting ready to gather up my sofa litter and had just turned off the TV,
when this voice, clear as a bell, said 'Go...'. Just 'Go...'. And it was as loud as a normal person's voice would be and crystal clear. Not like
a whisper, but as if someone was standing right in front of me and saying it in a normal voice. Only it was a voice I didn't recognize as being
anyone I'm close to or deal with on a regular basis."
I waited for more description, but then she added. "What does it mean?" As if "Go..." might have some deeper significance than what such a
statement generally means if uttered by a person, as opposed to coming out of thin air at 2:30 in the morning.
"So, that was it," I said. "Just 'Go...'."
"Well, yeah. It startled me. There wasn't anyone else in the room."
"...and if there'd suddenly been some strange guy in the room....that would've been better?"
She looked at me, her eyes squinting slightly. "Are you serious? I would've been terrified."
"Exactly," I smiled. "So, why does this word "Go...." have to mean anything?"
"Well..." she paused. "It came out of thin air. There wasn't anyone in the room, and yet there it was. And it was clear. I didn't imagine it. It
has to mean something."
At this point, I realized that she was looking to me to make sense of it, since this sort of incident is pretty much right in the center of my
"professional wheelhouse" - so to speak. I asked her if it was okay if I take my time in explaining what might've happened, and she agreed to allow
me what time I needed. Then I asked her if she'd stay awake as I explained it, and she promised. This has not generally been the case, since this
topic hasn't ever been a particularly compelling topic in our home. Not for her, anyway. So, I sat up in bed, and I began.
"The human brain is not even as simple as modern science makes it out to be. And considering how insanely complex it's been presented as being, that
statement is something to consider. That said, the human brain is only part of the cognitive system that the human being employs as a survival suite
of applications. The other major player in this system is the human mind - the existing result of all previous efforts of the human brain to maintain
its own physical existence. Yeah, that human Intellect still exists, and being as it's as aware of itself as you are of yourself (in fact, exactly as
aware, and in the same exact manner, since what you experience as awareness is the immediate experience of that Intellect as that experience is being
loaded into your short term memory) it is just as interested in its own ongoing development as you'd assume it to be. And this is where humans differ
from other, less intelligently aware, animals on this planet. Are you still with me?"
"I'm still here," she said.
"Okay. What you experience as awareness is a quickly engineered mixdown of residual information (long and short term memory), external stimuli (from
the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, nerve endings) , and - in some cases - stimuli that is rarely slipped into the data stream by other, less perceivable
data sources (chemical responses, dynamic information sources, environmentally stored residual information, event trajectory calculations performed as
immediate survival responses by parts of the brain and directed subconsciously into the data mixdown to help with reflex response initiation) All of
this is ongoing and it never ends. To suggest that the fact that it works at all is akin to a miracle is an understatement. To suggest that it should
always work perfectly, is to present quite an expectation. The truth is that it doesn't work perfectly all the time, and even in the healthiest
"That male voice did exist, but very likely, it only existed within that short term memory data stream mixdown at that moment. Now, this isn't to
suggest that you imagined it. This is to suggest that the presence of it, within the flood of other information clusters, could've been the result of
a myriad of potential initiation sources. Lets look at just one.
"The long term memory system is packed with every data cluster that your brain has ever configured - but only as representative "residual
information", and not as the actual dynamic data itself. That dynamic information (Intellect) still exists, but not within the brain's carbon data
storage system. The brain stores representative data as part of the survival system, with most of it on speed dial so that you don't have to relearn
everything again and again, as you're simply trying to survive each instant of corporeal existence. That data is accessed constantly, and your brain
uses it to set a tool tray out (in a sense) to help you meet each new challenge with relevant experience to better manage each new challenge as they
confront you. Simple to understand and completely reasonable. Hell, who doesn't believe that we learn from experience, and that this knowledge
improves our ability to survive. It's obvious.
"Now, that voice - its timbre and tonal quality - may exist within that system, even if it never said "Go..." to you before. Even if you don't
recall it. The data isn't stored in indivisible clusters. Each unit of data is accessible, configurable with all other units of information by the
brain itself. That voice, saying any combination of syllables is very much what the brain is capable of configuring, and it's what the brain is all
about - creating new and unique data clusters from information units that it has in storage. The introduction of that voice, into the incoming data
stream, is certainly a plausible event - especially when you consider the amazing amount of stuff being inserted and rejected from that stream from
instant to instant.
"Now, that it was as clear and real as it was, is a bit of an anomaly, but then, perception is the result of more eliminated data than included data,
so what's anomalous, when dealing with perception? A quick disembodied voice saying "Go...." is pretty mild, considering the possibilities."
She frowned. "I thought it might mean something."
"Maybe it was just a chance for me to explain this stuff to you without you getting irritated with me?"
That made her smile, and we slept in until I got up a few hours later. I thought about it, and decided to share this with you folks. A lot of you look
for deep answers as a result of very brief and inconclusive experiences. I just thought I'd let you in on how I feel compelled to view such anomalous
instances. A chair lifting off the kitchen floor and taking out all the dishes on the sink board is one thing. A quick disembodied voice is something
quite different. Just thought I'd share this bit of perspective.