I wrote my own 'dissertation', but it's my argument to Summerlander to prove that there is at least a shadow of a doubt and we can't close the case on this just yet. And as I write in the end, I don't mind if my argument gets torn to shreds. I like these talks.
My hypothesis is that Astral Projection is just another form of lucid dream. But I still have 1% doubt and I want to try and use science to explain it. I am not that well informed, but bare with me, and I am just banging out ideas, so read the whole thing before dwelling on any specifics.
I think I may have an argument to uphold my agnostic (wishy-washy) view on this subject. Perhaps it is not such a weak one after all. However, I feel I need a PHD to truly be well informed, and make a powerful case, but that could take a while.
It is still my hypothesis that Astral Projection is just another form of a lucid dream with a different name no matter how real it seems and how life-like the people you meet. But there is still a shadow of a doubt, and I want to explain why.
I did a little bit of research, (bare with me, I am no physicist), but there is a debate about whether atoms are particles or waves. What if they really are just waves? (Our view of reality gets turned on it's head sometimes, so I must say it is a possibility, so for the case of this argument I will imagine they are.) After all, without waves, we would not perceive anything at all. Waves give us information for our brains to decode and construct our version of reality. Maybe solid objects aren't as solid as we think they are. We can't pass our fingers through solids because our bodies are composed of 'solid' waves too. Perhaps EVERYTHING is a wave, not just sound and light, but matter too. But consciousness and perception is different (brain waves) than our physical, solid, body waves, so our reality and perception of it goes beyond 'physical' matter and what our bodies
are limited to.
Waves come in many forms, and another biggie, that is all around us, are electro-magnetic waves. Visible light is one of them, and is a big part of our reality. (Not blind people, but even they detect other waves, like compression waves (sound), and matter (if it is a wave)). For me, being a person of sight, seeing is believing, and is a big part of my brain's construct of my reality as I know it. Other animals like a Bumble Bee can perceive ultra-violet. That's just another light wave on the border of perceivable light waves, that we humans have become so accustomed to detecting with the organ we call eyes, that to see anything else would be abnormal. If you were a human with a mutated gene with a different pair of eyes, you could perceive ultra-violet too. There is a very fine line between the waves out there, and what we actually perceive. If you go beyond the ultra-violet, perhaps there are other realities existing on different wavelengths, (and just as 'solid'), and we are not familiar with them, using our 'normal' human perception.Is it possible
to detect and translate these other waves with our brain without the need to use our eyes and could it happen in altered states of consciousness and perception? It may be possible since other waves like radio waves for example in the spectrum pass through our physical bodies. It may be possible that some of these waves (perhaps some even unknown to use as of yet) influence our brains. Our brains' thoughts are electrical currents, so who knows how these other electro-magnetic waves may influence it. The same way they affect other electrical and magnetic fields outside our body they may influence our actual brains and in turn our thoughts and perception. Our brains are engineered to create a working reality from simple waves we perceive when awake. That's what it does best, so maybe they do the same thing when asleep, and in a different brain wave pattern, like the Theta wave, they translate whatever it can find and since it is not coming from our eyes, ears, or other senses, it comes from somewhere else. External waves that bounce all around us, but we never notice when awake, but our 'thinking machine' picks up on them without that 'waking noise' that we detect when awake.
What can appear as just a wave that has no influence on waking-perception-reality, may be a solid object in a different level of reality that exists in a different band width of electro-magneticism, and an altered state of perception from our bandwidth may be able to 'tune in' to the others. Hence, a different 'reality' may exist, and perhaps even possible to perceive with the human brain. ( I put it in quotes because when I think about this too much, I don't know how to define 'reality' anymore ).
The best way to prove it is to use a machine. And since that hasn't been done yet, and I must say, I have never had an astral projection (as I have defined it earlier), there is only 1% of me that thinks it is possible, but I don't feel like I have a weak argument for that 1% doubt. It's hard to prove since there are no quotes from great thinkers to support me. None that I know of anyway.
I admit I am using a lot of 'what if' scenarios, but scientific break-throughs usually start that way. I don't mind feed back from Summerlander no matter how you choose to word it. I am just talking off the cuff, unrehearsed, and have similar conversations with people face to face. When we speak on a forum like this, I feel like I need to word it just right because it's typed and becomes recorded for all to see, and I can't clarify it right away, but when I speak in real time, I don't care if I don't get it right the first time. So even I don't take everything I said too seriously. I like talks like this!
Rip my argument to shreds so I can rebuild it!
Normally they get torn down halfway through, so I am use to that.