Saturday, September 25, 2010
Musings on ESP
I was slowly getting dressed and doing early weekend chores while waiting for a notary public to come to our house to sign some loan documents. I have some neat Massai bracelets that are a remembrance of the wonderful Massai warriors that we hosted from Kenya over the past few years. I haven't thought about or worn these bracelets for over a year. This morning I put them on my wrist in a cluster.
Imagine my surprise to find that the Notary was a young woman from Nairobi, Kenya. When she saw me she said "Oh, you know a Massai." Wow. Why did I decide to wear those bracelets today? Random coincidence or some type of precognition?
A number of animal studies have shown that dogs know when their keepers are within miles of coming home. Their behavior changes and they will go to the window or door. Could we have some of those same "intuitions" that are not completely gone from our genes?
I definitely subscribe to the rapid cognition thinking that Malcolm Gladwell wrote about in Blink. It is the thinking and decision making that happens in an instant and of which we are not consciously aware. It influences our choices or thoughts and we don't even know it.
But this is a little different. My morning experience with the lady from Kenya and my beautiful Massai jewelry choice happened before I saw her or had any knowledge of who the notary would be. What do readers think?
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 12:30 PM