In chapter 1 we learned that the ability to perform lightning-fast calculations is not a special talent limited to the few. Anyone can achieve this as long as the potential of their right brain is developed from young. We also learned that imaging plays an important part in the development of the right brain.
Chapter 2 talks about extra sensory perception (ESP). This is probably where all the controversy erupts from. It reads almost as fantastically as something out of Ripley’s Believe it or Not. As much as I wanted to be open to it, I confess that a part of me read the chapter with a great deal of skepticism. Despite the fact that I grew up embroiled with stuff on ESP, telekinesis, and comic book heroes, and the fact that I always dreamed of being able to do such amazing things, I still found it difficult to keep the skepticism at bay.
My physics teacher once said that if our brains were simple enough for us to understand it, we wouldn’t have the mental capacity to understand it. Although we’ve come a long way in understanding the brain, there are still a lot of things we don’t fully understand about it so why should it be so difficult to believe that there is a scientific explanation for ESP and that it is an untapped ability that everyone has the potential to achieve?
ESP is something most of us associate with random odd individuals capable of mind reading, predicting the future, moving objects with their minds, etc. It’s the stuff of fantasies, magicians and charlatans. However, in Shichida’s book, he talks about ESP from a scientific perspective. Just as the left brain has 5 senses (taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing), Shichida refers to ESP as the right brain’s senses (telepathy, clairvoyance, tactility, precognition, and telekinesis). Because very little is understood about the right brain’s senses, it is often referred to as the sixth sense – intuitions and mysterious flashes relating to paranormal phenomena. Shichida, however, has a scientific theory and evidence for it.
I’m not going to cite the evidence here because I don’t believe I could do it any justice. My recommendation is to either accept the fact that Shichida has scientific reasons for believing in ESP, or to buy a copy of his book and read it for yourself. Alternatively, you can also pay a visit to Mr Toshihide Hisamura who runs a coffee shop called “Andersen Fruits Parlor”. It is near Kawadana station on the JR Omura Line in Nagasaki, Japan. Three times a day, at 1, 5, and 8 o’clock, Mr Hisamura demonstrates how ESP works. Mr Hisamura’s ESP abilities include telekinesis and telepathy, among many other amazing feats.
Shichida believes Mr Hisamura’s abilities to be a function of the right brain. Some believe him to be an extraordinary, supernatural, paranormal phenomena. Others, I’m sure, think he’s a charlatan, not unlike the “magicians” of our world who are masters of the “sleight of hand” rather than true masters of magic. Which category you think he belongs in, I’ll leave you to decide for yourself.
I figured that if someone of Mr Hisamura’s abilities did exist, then surely there must be other stuff written about him. I googled him and found that he has also been mentioned in the book “Supernatural and Mysterious Japan: Spirits, Hauntings and Paranormal Phenomena” by Catrien Ross. You can read more about it for yourself in Google books. It is pretty similar to Makoto Shichida’s description of his experience as Mr Hisamura’s audience.
What is the scientific explanation of how the right brain senses work? It has to do with energy waves and the vibration of particles on the subatomic level. The human body functions through electrical energy – the nerve structure is like an electronic circuit that transmits information from the brain to the cells of the body. The brain cells transmit impulses that we call brain waves. Since all matter is made up of vibrating particles that transmit energy waves, there is a connection between us and everything around us.
In Pamela Hickein’s book, this is similar to what she says about how young children are able to learn new things without seeming to pay any attention to what is being taught. This is how 360 degree and peripheral learning works – through the transmission of energy waves. Since children are absorbing energy waves from everything around them, it makes sense to choose carefully what we expose our children to regardless of whether or not they appear to be paying any attention to it. We should think about the sort of programs that is playing on TV in the background, the sort of music we are listening to, the things we say, and even the pictures we post up around the room. All of it matters, and that’s my take home message from this chapter.