Alternative World |New perspectives on autism, shyness, literature and history, psychology and science, life, the universe and everything

Yes, this is the new title of this site. Though I'm still fond of 'Shy Highway', the title I've used since 2007, my interests obviously are too far-ranging. Since I was a boy entering school, my view of the world around me has been different from that of anyone I've met. That wasn't always positive. … Continue reading Alternative World |New perspectives on autism, shyness, literature and history, psychology and science, life, the universe and everything

Paranormal World | Barbara Ehrenreich |Living with a Wild God

Recently I came upon Barbara Ehrenreich's 2015 book Living with a Wild God: A Non-believer's Search for the Truth about Everything. Although she was born a few years before me, Ehrenreich was a prominent anti-Vietnam activist and a key figure of the '60s enlightenment. She and I have been living in parallel for decades, each … Continue reading Paranormal World | Barbara Ehrenreich |Living with a Wild God

Paranormal World |Children who speak of Past Lives| Puti Patra and the After-Life

Something I haven't mentioned in previous posts about the children investigated by psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, is that they don't talk of an after-life. They simply remember a past-life before this one, nothing in between. Except that there are exceptions, and one of them is the fascinating little girl Puti Patra, born in 1964 to a … Continue reading Paranormal World |Children who speak of Past Lives| Puti Patra and the After-Life

Paranormal World| Calculating the Unknown | Birds vs Mathematicians

I'm sceptical of the attempts to calculate the probability of paranormal phenomena, especially those strange or "meaningful" coincidences that psychologist C. G. Jung called 'synchronicity'. For example, in his book Synchronicity, Jung discussed the research of Dariex, Richet, and Flammarion who used 'probability calculus' to determine a probability of 1 : 4,114,545 for telepathic precognitions … Continue reading Paranormal World| Calculating the Unknown | Birds vs Mathematicians

Paranormal World | God likes Tolstoy more than me

There is a type of paranormal phenomena that no one seems to talk about anymore, maybe because it's so difficult to talk about. Here is an example. One night I was having a discussion with my adult daughter about the lamentable lack of interest in literature today, especially among young men. I was referring not … Continue reading Paranormal World | God likes Tolstoy more than me

Paranormal World | Children who speak of past lives |Rajul Shah and the Mountain

Rajul Shah was born in Vinchhiya, India, in the state of Gujarat, on August 14, 1960. She would become another child who psychologist Ian Stevenson would examine in his life-long investigation of the phenomenon of children talking about a past life. One day when she was 2 1/2 years old, Rajul came running into her … Continue reading Paranormal World | Children who speak of past lives |Rajul Shah and the Mountain