Paranormal Experiences: A Physiological Approach to the Phenomenon

Posted: July 15, 2011 in The Paranormal
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For some, “goose bumps”, “chills”, or the “hair raising on the back of your neck” are something that occurs when it is cold outside or they have a fever. However, and for those who have been on paranormal investigations, “goose bumps” or “chills” are more than being cold. It is a homeostatic mechanism of internal imbalance that sends internal messages and elevates the senses:  an internal and external cue or warning so to speak. Have you ever thought about why you are feeling “goose bumps” or “chills” despite the fact of being cold or on a paranormal investigation? As a paranormal investigator, I believe the reason lies internally & externally relative to our physiological characteristics. This article will briefly explain how external elements influence our internal reactions with respect to feeling and seeing “goose bumps”, “chills”, or “hair raising on the back of your neck”.

What Lies Beneath

Initially, everything in this world is looked at with a superficial frame of mind. However, it takes a lot more than superficial thinking to fully understand something or someone. It doesn’t matter if you are buying a car, a house, meeting someone for the first time, buying a book, drawing, playing music, building a business, or even conducting a paranormal investigation. You absolutely cannot understand anything previously mentioned without looking deeper into its makeup. To fully understand something or someone you should fully understand the sum of all its parts. With that being said lets jump into the scientific/physiological theory behind the “goose bumps” & “chills”.

The Structure of the Human Organism

This section will briefly outline how the human organism is structured and is as follows:

1)      Subatomic Particles

2)      Atomic Particles ***(Contain, Neutron, Proton’s, & Electrons)***

3)      Molecules

4)      Macromolecules

5)      Organelles

6)      Cells

7)      Tissues

8)      Organ

9)      Organ System

10)   Complex Organism (Human Being)

The second item in the above mentioned list is very important as you will see later in this article.

Receptor Types & Sensory Impulses

In my professional opinion, three of the five Receptor Types are used during a paranormal investigation. Thy include Pain Receptors, Thermoreceptors, and Photoreceptors. The Pain Receptors deal with stimuli such as exposure to excess mechanical, electrical, thermal, or chemical energy. Thermoreceptors deal with temperature change. Lastly, Photoreceptors deal with light energy of sufficient intensity.

Sensory receptors can be ends of neurons or other types of cells close to them. When stimulation changes their membrane potentials (receptor potentials), a graded electric current is generated which reflects the intensity of stimulation. Lastly, peripheral nerves transmit sensory impulses to the central nervous system where they are interpreted in the brain. One important key factor to remember is that these impulses are electrical in nature.

What is Energy

By scientific definition the explanation of energy is the capacity to change something; it is the ability to do work. Since we recognize energy for what it can do; subsequently, we understand common forms of energy to be heat, light, sound, electrical energy, mechanical energy, and chemical energy. Furthermore, energy can neither be created nor destroyed; however, it can change from one form to another.

What exactly is EMF

EMF is the abbreviated version of Electromagnetic Fields. An EMF is a field of force that consists of both electric and magnetic components, resulting from the motion of an electric charge and containing a definite amount of electromagnetic energy. It is believed that spirits can raise and manipulate the level of EMF’s, therefore increasing their ability to manifest, move objects, or speak.

Goose Bumps and Chills

At the superficial surface of the skin most of us have shafts of hair. Even without the presence of hair “goose bumps” and “chills” still occur because the process does not change. Below the Epidermis lies the Dermis portion of the skin. Within the Dermis you have the hair follicle and a bundle of smooth muscle cells called the Arrector pili muscle which is connected to the follicle. In addition, there are several nerve cell processes which relay messages about sensory impulses and incoming stimuli. The Arrector pili muscle is situated on the hair follicle so that a short hair in the follicle stands on end when the muscle contracts. Nerve impulses, which are electrical in nature, cause the contraction of the muscles. This in turn sends signals to our central nervous system and our brain process the information, resulting in “goose bumps” or “chills”.

The Sum of All Its Parts

When a spirit tries to manifest itself, it manipulates the electromagnetic field around it. It uses that energy which is changed from one form to another to perform work. Our internal homeostatic mechanism is triggered by internal & external receptors that detect that change, thus resulting in electrical nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract, hair to stand on end, and goose bumps to rise. The human was created from subatomic particles, which then formed atomic particles consisting of protons, a neutron, and electrons. This is why the human organism can detect and is sensitive to changes in an electrical field. You are not crazy if you are feeling sensations around you that might be paranormal. It is crazy to totally discount what god has created, how we were created, and how our internal system operates relative to our external environment.

Mclennan County Paranormal Investigations Team

  1. Supercool. I particularly love your statement that you can only truly understand a thing as a “sum of all its parts.” And, maybe, as a thing that transcends that the sum of all of its parts. I really like your systematic and holistic approach to the study of this topic, it seems to be a very powerful combination that is yielding super interesting results. I’m really looking forward to reading more posts!

  2. Jake Jacobs says:

    This is a great article to help me understand what is going on with my “spidey-senses” when out on paranormal investigations. It’s as if I’m a walking, human antenna for the paranormal. And, the captures and experiences seem to compliment this reaction in a huge way. I suffer from a chronic disorder that is attacking my large and small axonal pathways, and the associated myelin. It’s kinda like stripping the insulation with some of the copper power cord. Hence, heightening my experiences to all new levels….all the time. Know anyone that could use someone like that on their paranormal investigation/research team? I’m presently on my own. Thank you. ~ jake

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