Recently I encountered the little book, Agnosticism – A Short Introduction , by Robin Le Poidevin, one of many new 'short introduction' editions produced by Oxford University Press, books so small and slim that they will fit in any pocket, yet they're well-written, interesting and informative. Le Poidevin demonstrates that often only the agnostic stands … Continue reading Rescuing Science |Agnostics vs the Big Bang
There are paranormal phenomena that seem to defy any explanation – for example, Sugar the cat.In 1950, the Woods family in Anderson, California had to move to Oklahoma. They had a beige cat, Sugar, who was a tough customer – he routinely fought with dogs – but he had a phobia of riding in cars, … Continue reading Paranormal World | Sugar the Cat
In her 2008 book, Autism – A Very Short Introduction, psychologist Uta Frith discussed the "weak central coherence" theory. This is related to the tendency of autistic people to focus on detail. Walking through a forest an autistic person will see the trees and things on the forest floor – ferns, horsetails, fungi, insects, tiny … Continue reading Autism | Weak Central Coherence | Who can’t see the forest?
Hoping to escape from the depressing events and ongoing outcomes of the Covid 19 corona virus pandemic, I returned this week to thinking about those remarkable children who speak of past lives. Among the cases studied by psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, there is one that stands out for me because of something unique about the memories … Continue reading Paranormal World |Reincarnation | Dolon Champa Mitra
Yes, this week Toronto closed down our playgrounds and off-leash dog parks. Day after day our political leaders seem to be falling over each other trying to think up new restrictions. We're told that these things have to be closed down because medical experts say so. Well, show me the science that says a child … Continue reading Rescuing Reality|Covid 19 |Closing playgrounds and off-leash dogparks
The older I get, the more I realize how improbable I am. Each of us is a product of a meeting between two people. You might think the way in which people meet or don't meet, connect or don't connect, should be governed by chance, but something else often seems to be at work. For … Continue reading Paranormal World | How improbable are you?
Now that the Covid 19 corona virus outbreak has been declared a pandemic, stock markets are plummeting around the world, pro sports stadiums are closing their doors and face masks are proliferating in the streets, I think it’s time for a bit of a reality check. Look at these current estimated wild world populations of … Continue reading Rescuing Reality |Covid 19 corona virus pandemic
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
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