Weird Tingly Woo-day

By Michael Edmonds 13/04/2011

Having been temporarily relocated to the University of Lincoln due the the February 22nd earthquake, it now takes me an extra 15 minutes of travel to get to work. This extra time listening to the radio has led me to discover a veritable fountain of woo on Wednesday mornings.

Around 7.40 am each Wednesday morning, the ZM Morning Crew present a segment called Weird Tingly Wednesday where they tell “real” stories of ghostly phenomena and get callers to phone on with their own stories. While I find such encouragement of woo quite irritating, it is interesting listening to the stories and trying to work out a rational explanation for the supposed “supernatural” events.

Many stories involve young children seeing ghosts, which are then “linked” (often through leading questioning in my opinion) to departed friends or relatives. One of this mornings stories involved a bridge in the USA where a busload of children apparently perished when the driver lost control. Apparently if you go to the middle of the bridge, and leave your car in neutral, ghost children push your car off the bridge, leaving hand prints behind. I can’t help but wonder if perhaps a more logical explanation is that the bridge is actually on a slope and that the suggestion of hand prints leads to confirmation bias – turning random marks on the car into hand prints? I think many ghost stories work this way – once a susceptible person is told about a ghost, background noises and movements are interpreted as supernatural.

0 Responses to “Weird Tingly Woo-day”

  • ghost children push your car off the bridge – on first reading I interpreted that as pushing the car off as in ‘over the edge’…

  • “ghost children push your car off the bridge – on first reading I interpreted that as pushing the car off as in ‘over the edge’…”

    Nasty little buggers. 🙂 Yes, I could have phrased that more clearly.

    Thanks for the snopes link.

    There is something quite primal about ghost stories – although I am a skeptic they still have the ability to send a shiver down my spine.

  • I guess it’s that fear of the things lurking outside the circle of firelight in the mouth of the cave…

  • The seeing of ghosts was covered in a recent article in New Scientist – apparently it’s our brain over-actively correlating events and inputs around us into a feelings possible predators. Fascinating stuff..

  • Firstly, these earthquakes are about shaking up and off the old system of energetics on the earth plane. If the effect of that is you having to change your travel arrangements then blessed you are – you have been rerouted from the old way, congratulations.
    Secondly, you would be advised to try and do this differently – a scientific trick you might know, if you keep coming up with the same result – change your application – instead of finding the “encouragement of woo quite irritating” – try flipping it on its head (metaphorically) and when you feel that “irritation” – make believe (kids will teach you if you forget how to (also a good scientific (investigative) technique you may have forgotten) – make believe that it soothes and calms you – this will scramble the once set neurological pathways created around that “mental/emotional data” – giving you a more scientific vision, as opposed to a skeptical stranglehold.

    The children (albeit “ghost children”) are trying to warn us. We are about to see a spate of bridges collapsing in the USA – again, a symptom of the crumbling “Old World” – the Old World being the old state of things on this earth – which is undergoing a metamorphosis to the “New World”.

    Not “New” meaning all lovey-dove and utopian – you’ll still have many keeping their heads in the sand to their true nature. New meaning a clean, fresh slate energetically. The Mayan prophecy of the “end of the world” is just that – a reset of the energetic etcher-sketcher that supports all creation within time/space.

    Children (with or without bodies) symbolize teaching and learning (among many other things – like an open mind and heart). Even the presence of people talking about this is enough presence to teach the willing (and even the unwilling – once we learn something – not even our head in the sand can help us unlearn it – just ignore our own truth if we so choose).
    These children are teaching us to take care on these bridges, and to bring about change. They don’t judge that the message comes through the voice of the “lower vibrational skepticism and sensationalism that surrounds human beings fascination with the “weird/spooky” nature of things metaphysical – they know this to be a symptom of an unconscious humanity – and this is just how most humans roll just now.

    “once a susceptible person is told about a ghost, background noises and movements are interpreted as supernatural.” – a healthy skepical tort – is really to say that “once a susceptible person is fed skeptical opinion about a ghost story – interactions with spirit are interpreted as random unscientific ramblings of people in need of something else other than themselves life and death.

    If you study most skepticism in this light, and truly apply scientific approach to the skeptical argument itself – you’ll see that skepticism relies largely on manipulating fear and limits itself to mind and rationality – which are parts of the ego – mind must be transcended to open the heart to the truth that offers itself to you so compassionately that it is in complete acceptance that you seek not the truth – the truth waits for eternity without judgement.

    Having reread my above rant, i’ve just realized that i ‘m actually skeptical about skepticism itself – skeptics take mention of “ghosts” and “psychics” and paint them as “spooky” and “flukey”, all the while ignoring the tomes of empirical evidence, and scientific revelation about the true nature of time/space, quantum physics and the nature of mans relationship with the “unseen”.
    Sorry, kids, I need the skeptics to jump through hoops and show some evidence that ghosts are nonsensical fancy *yawn*.

    ps:you can tweet your skeptical conclusions, and hoop jumping hypotheses to @TheGoodSource