Monday, 7 September 2015

A new class of strange experience?

Crows in a treeA large number of paranormal reports turn out, on investigation to be xenonormal. That is, they appear paranormal but actually have a natural explanation. The word xenonormal means 'foreign normal'; in other words 'the unfamiliar but natural'. It is all about witnesses seeing something but thinking it is something else. With misperception, for instance, someone might view a poorly-seen tree as a human figure. Or a witness unfamiliar with Chinese Lanterns might see them as alien spacecraft. In the first example, the witness obviously knows what a tree looks like but does not recognise it due to poor viewing conditions. In the second example, the witness has never seen a Chinese Lantern before and so does not know what to make of it.

I mention this because my acquaintance (MA) who has microsleep with REM (MWR) episodes reported something new, along these lines, recently. MA was on a short trip by train. MA does this trip frequently and so is very familiar with the scenes from the train window. But while coming out of a MWR on this particular trip, MA looked out of the window and was momentarily completely lost. The scene was utterly familiar, and yet at the same time completely unfamiliar. The state of confusion only lasted a second or two but it was disturbing. MA has never had this experience before, despite having microsleeps frequently on trains.

Although the 'unfamiliar' scene turned out to be completely familiar, it felt utterly foreign for a second or two. The incident happened during the transition between MWR and full consciousness and was, presumably caused by that transition. Although I can think of no obvious set of paranormal reports that correspond to this type of phenomenon, it seems highly likely other people ARE experiencing it. Such an odd experience COULD certainly be reported as paranormal or at least strange. It seems possible, if unlikely, to be a 'new' class of strange experience. If anyone has come across an incident like this, I'd be interested to hear about it.

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