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Paranormal Meets Science

Marie D. Jones, author of "PSIence" – science explaining the unexplained


Marie D. Jones

Marie D. Jones, author of "PSIence"

AS A CHILD who had mystic experiences and was the daughter of a scientist, perhaps it was her destiny that Marie D. Jones would as an adult write a book investigating the connections between science and the unexplained. In PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena, Marie gives us an entertaining, highly accessible view of some of the most “out there” discoveries being made by mainstream physicists and their connections to many aspects of what we call the “supernatural.” From ghosts and poltergeists to UFOs and time warps, Marie tells us that real science may be getting close to explaining how these “unreal” manifestations have become part of our reality.

In this interview, Marie tells us how science and the paranormal are coming together.

Q: For many years, “paranormal” and “science” could not be uttered together seriously in the same sentence. Your book and others now emerging are attempting to tie the two together. What has changed or what is new that is allowing this?

A: I think it’s a matter of timing. With the release of the movie What the Bleep Do We Know?! and books like Dr. Wayne Dyer’s The Power of Intention and Lynne McTaggart’s The Field, among many others over the last ten years, the links between quantum physics and metaphysics have finally become mainstream enough to allow for other books, like mine, to hit the marketplace and get the dialog really cooking. People on both sides of the fence – the science side and the paranormal side – are more willing to look for similarities rather than focus on differences, and to be more tolerant, open and professional about the entire process.

It is also getting harder to separate the two areas of study, because there are some maverick scientists who themselves are interested in exploring the paranormal, and they are writing books and becoming more vocal about their ideas and theories. And of course, there are paranormal researchers who are interested in applying the scientific method to their own studies, when they can.

You can only ignore the similarities between science and the world of the mysterious for so long, and it seems the tipping point has been reached in favor of “coming out of the closet” and being able to approach the paranormal from a far more serious perspective, even, dare I say, a scientific one.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to tie science and the paranormal together?

A: I firmly believe that science can explain everything we as humans experience. It’s just that modern science has not yet caught up with the mysterious and enigmatic world of the paranormal, but it’s getting closer and closer. Everything has a “science” or a structure to it, a how and a why. Everything – and that includes a ghost or a UFO sighting or even a spectral black dog roaming the moors of England – has a valid and understandable explanation.

Now whether we have the scientific terminology right here and now to explain those things is the greater question. But the potential is there, just as it was hundreds of years ago when a small, select group of people set out to prove the Earth was not flat, and indeed did, despite overwhelming disbelief and opposition. There were those who simply could not wrap their minds around the possibility that the earth revolved around the sun, and yet a few brave souls said, “Yeah, it does” and the entire scientific paradigm shifted permanently.

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