Whether you call it coincidence, chance, fate, or having a sixth sense, why is it that sometimes the person you were just thinking about calls you? Or what does it mean when you just have a feeling about something happening and, lo and behold, it does happen??
The explanation to this could be something called “collective consciousness”. Scientists use this term to describe the act of the sharing of ideas and behaviors with each other telepathically by both humans and animals.
A 2010 report was written and in it, it claimed to have proven that this collective consciousness does in fact exist, and may have even proved that psychic abilities in people are possible.
A French sociologist named Emile Durkheim was the first one to introduce the collective consciousness idea back in 1893.
Durkheim, however, did not necessarily mean it in a psychic manner. She meant it more in relation to humans sharing a mutual understanding of morals and what is socially acceptable, and how humans tend to copy each other in that regard, even going so far as to pass those manners to other people they interact with.
Her theory of collective consciousness took on a different meaning in the 1970’s though. This happened because scientists began proposing the idea that this collective consciousness could possibly have began and grown within species via telepathic or other ‘supernatural’ ways.
In 1975 a ethologist and zoologist from South Africa named Lyall Watson and an author named Lawrence Blair came up with an idea called the ‘Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon’.
They used the behaviors and actions of Japanese macaque monkeys to support their claims.
It was discovered that macaque monkeys on the island of Koshimi were observed in the 1950s and they were seen washing sweet potatoes before eating them. They would also pass down this behavior to the youngsters in their group.
Watson and Blair believed that the act of washing their food before eating it was somehow spread to other islands that neighbored Koshima and soon other macaques who had never had any interaction with the original monkeys were doing the same thing they did.
The two men attributed this behavior to the idea that the monkeys were all sharing a collective consciousness, also known as a ‘hive mind’, or a ‘shared mind’, and that the actions were somehow shared telepathically, without the monkeys needing to physically communicate the behavior with one another. Instead, the neighboring monkeys just kind of “knew” that this new way of doing things was for the best.
Blue tit birds have been observed doing something very similar. In this instance, the birds were able to teach themselves how to get into closed milk bottles and drink the cream at the top.
This was first seen in the Southampton area in 2011 but then discovered that birds as far as Europe and Asia had began to do the same thing, even though both groups had never once interacted and despite the fact that these types of birds never migrate away from their home.
Professor Daryl Bem, who is a physicist from Cornell University, published claims in a science journal in 2010 in which he stated that he was able to prove that human beings have comparable psychic abilities as the ones observed in the monkeys and birds.
Through a series of nine different experiments, Professor Bem began his quest to investigate parapsychology, also known as ‘psi’.
The experiments were comprised of several different tests. In one of them, he showed a group of students a list of words that they needed to memorize. He later asked them to remember as many as they could and were then given a random selection of the words to type out.
Not surprisingly, the students were able to recall specific words over others, but what was surprising was the fact that the words they remembered ended up being words that they were later asked to type! It was almost like an event that hadn’t even happened yet had somehow affected their ability to remember things.
In a different experiment, a computer screen with the image of two curtains was shown to students and the students were told that behind one of the curtains was an erotic picture. According to Professor Bem, ‘more often than could be explained away by chance,’ the students chose the curtain that concealed the erotic picture.
It is important to note also that the location of the erotic picture was assigned randomly by a computer and that it didn’t make it’s decision about where to place it until after the volunteer had already selected one of the two.
To the people that believe in the paranormal realm, this experiment suggested even more that the students were actually influencing future events. The odds against the results being caused by chance alone or being a statistical coincidence were quoted as being 74 billion to one.
Professor Bem conducted nine different experiments and used more than 1,000 different volunteers and out of all of them, only one did not support his psychic theories.
In a different part of the world, a scientist named Rubert Sheldrake has been carrying out his own experiments that also test this collective consciousness and telepathy theory both online and by phone.
In his opinion, it cannot be merely a matter of coincidence that thousands of people from all over the world all have similar psychic feelings, one for example being the feeling of being watched. He is currently working on more extensive studies and experiments.