I will start off this discussion by stating the following:
All of the following is purely a pouring out of my recent research into ESP, Super ESP and its relevance.
I am also not a fantastic linguist, but i will do my best to explain the hypothesis as best to my ability
OK i will start by setting up a situation.
Person X is the 'customer' of the medium.
Person Y is the subject of discussion, a deceased relative/friend of X.
X visits a medium, and gives no information about Y, the medium then appears to communicate with Y and describe Y, give 'evidence' to indicate that
said medium is genuine, and basically convince X that they are communicating with Y in some sort of 'chat' with Y. (a medium gets information from
an ostensibly deceased individual. The information is not known to the medium,only to X, but is later verified as true. There exist such cases.)
A skeptic's approach to describing this phenomenon is to say it is purely 'ESP' (Extra sensory perception) or Super ESP, Lets examine exactly what
ESP is a wholly negative term used to describe our LACK of knowledge, it is a word that basically say 'the person gained information about Y, not
using any of the 5 senses, hence using a '6th sense',it does not tell us how they detect such knowledge, it only tells us that we know they do not
use the 5 known senses. Skeptics who attempt to disprove mediums believe that their is no life after death, that consciousness/spirit is purely
biological and can only exist in a living body, however, ESP tells us that a person can somehow gain knowledge that existed in a brain that is no
longer functioning, so the medium must be mind readers right? WRONG. As you will be able to verify through further reading, scientists have proven
through rigorous,detailed and contained experiments, that genuine mediums can 'operate' in exactly the same manner, and attain this information
whilst being miles away from X, and thus surely not able to 'mind read' from this distance right?
Slightly off topic, lets put this 'Super-esp' thing to bed, Super ESP... 'The person really really doesn't use the 5 senses' The whole idea of
so-called Super ESP is useless, its is identical to describing someones ability in a sport as 'useless' and then 'super useless', it only
exaggerates 'useless', as does Super-ESP.
Back on to the topic i wish to discuss, and hopefully enlighten people about. I have recently spent a lot of time reading about how skeptics attempt
to disprove mediums, one hypothesis is that mediums can pick up on brain waves which can somehow carry information, again this is disproved via the
distance method, since 'brainwaves' must comply to the law of physics, waves strength weaken over time/distance, and the fact that mediums can
provide accurate information from considerable distance, completely removes the 'brain waves' thing from our discussion. I will try to rediscover
the websites which detail the experiments further for those of you who refuse to take my word for it.
Strictly speaking, a skeptic cannot call the retrieval of information beyond the use of the 5 senses “mind-reading”, because he does not believe
that mind has any existence apart from the brain. So to be consistent with his own position, he should talk about “brain-reading”. A consistent
materialist position would have to assert that the brain of the medium is able to retrieve information stored in the brain of the sitter. Brain waves,
presumably, would be the mechanism by which this information is retrieved.
So, to recap;
Super ESP is a load of crap
ESP tells us only that we don't know how the person detected such knowledge, only that they don't use the 5 senses, so it simply CANNOT be used to
disprove a mediums 'talent' as i suppose it could be described.
The whole 'brainwave' theory used by skeptics is also a load of crap, the scientifically proven test which i will try to re-discover and provide a
link to, proves this using simple, basic physics.
I now have to sleep, this thread is FAR from finished and will be expanded upon in due time, i appreciate that it probably does not make a lot of
sense so far, but i can guarantee you that everyone who reads this thread will at least gain some knowledge into the world of mediums and how they
retrieve their information, unless of course you where the person who created the webpages i have been using to research further into the subject.
ALSO, one or two of the paragraphs in this post are taken directly from a page, *(i will leave a link to this below)*, purely because it describes the
hypothesis in a way i cannot communicate, it is fantastically written and i recommend people start here if they have further interest in the subject,
for now i will leave this thread as it is, I'm aiming to complete the thread (and possibly further threads born from my initial interest in the
subject) by the end of this week, just in time for Christmas!
I appreciate massively, anyone who has taken the time to read through this thread, again i will state i'm not a fantastic linguist but i have done my
best and in places, used direct quotes to describe what i wanted to say in a more detailed in-depth way.