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reply to post by Bleeeeep
science will always try and explain away spiritual things. They're stupid.
Given that the OP seems opposed to getting answers to his question which disagree with the interpretation he has already come up with, I realize my time is probably wasted, but for those that may be legitimately interested, here it goes.
One of the users who initially replied, BardingTheBard, was on the right track. We -constantly- take in information subconsciously. About people, places, objects, whatever. We get "vibes" about places all the time. Sometimes they are correct, sometimes they aren't. But if one believes that they are sensing good (God even, apparently) and evil, that can have a physical effect on your body.
The phenomenon is known as Phosphene.
This part in particular could explain away this whole thread, but who am I kidding?
“Seeing stars” is another common phosphene or visual effect that can occur, and is most common immediately after blowing your nose, intense laughter, a sneeze, a heavy cough, a blow to the head, or standing up too quickly. However, these phosphenes are usually the result of mechanical or metabolic stimulation, as opposed to spontaneous activity. Low blood pressure, low oxygenation or a lack of glucose are most common causes of metabolic stimulation.
Rule one about investigating the paranormal is to rule out all natural explanations for a situation before assigning a supernatural one.
Edit: A star for Defcon5. Didn't see the third page when I replied. You hit the nail on the head.edit on 23-9-2013 by Morgenstern89 because: (no reason given)
What a lot of people don't realize is that your body has a sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. This includes the Vegus nerve which controls your heart. That is why its not uncommon for people to have a heart attack when they strain while going to the bathroom. You can stimulate your parasympathetic system without even being consciously aware of it, and it in turn can effect your heart rate, which in turn effects your blood pressure, and again in turn can cause various hallucinations. There are quite a large number of posts on ATS claiming paranormal abilities or events, that can be attributed to a list of medically known hallucinations. As Morgenstern89 is stating, you have to eliminate what is obvious before you can claim something is extraordinary.
So how do you suggest eliminating those obvious possible reasons? Is just a one off medical and optician's check up enough (showing blood pressure and retinas ok) or do you feel blood pressure needs to be recorded frequently throughout day over a certain amount of time to prove that what is being seen is not related to blood pressure? Basically, I'm wondering how much the skeptics need before they will consider a possible paranormal cause?