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Archive for Thursday 18th March 2004 - Unexplained Powers: Telepathic Tunes by Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake image Many readers have found that they seem to pick up the thoughts of people they know well. Rebecca, in London finds this often happens with her mother: "I often tell her what she's thinking or answer questions out loud that she has merely thought and not asked."

People in love can be very closely attuned, as Karen is with her boyfriend. She says, "We communicate without words. We look at each other and catch the gist of what the other is thinking. Sometimes we complete each other's sentences, and sometimes one of us will do what the other was just thinking about."

Some people find that they are literally attuned, and pick up melodies. Elizabeth, in Egremont, reports, "On several occasions I've thought of a tune or song while my husband has been in another room. I've been amazed to hear him whistle or hum the same tune." Alfred, in London, says. "I have experienced humming a tune, and having my wife exclaim that the same tune was in her mind."

Such experiences seem to happen most often between partners and between parents and children. When Nadine was driving along with her young daughter in the car, she saw some flowers that made her think of the nursery rhyme "Ring a ring of roses." A few seconds later her daughter started to sing the same rhyme. When Nadine asked her what made her sing that song, she replied, "You did, Mummy. You were thinking it."

Several people have told me that they have thought of a tune for no particular reason and then switched on the radio and heard it playing. This could just be coincidence, of course. Popular tunes are played often. It could also be a form of precognition, anticipating music that will be heard in the immediate future. But it could also be telepathic, with an influence from the many people who are already listening to the tune on the radio. I do not know how common it is to anticipate what is on the radio, and would like to find out if it goes beyond mere chance.

Rupert Sheldrake would like to know if readers have thought of tunes for no apparent reason and then heard them when they switch on the radio. Email Rupert Sheldrake's researcher, with subject heading: Rupert Sheldrake.
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John Michell is a prolific author. Below are just two of John's books which might interest you:

The Rough Guide to Unexplained Phenomena
John Michell and Bob Rickard - A fascinating collection. Look up anything from urban legends to recorded unexplained phenomena - to the existance of ghosts. All presented in an organised, easy to follow manner, in related categories. A complete index and accompanying pictures with each entry. Excellent reference - excellent read.
Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Was the most famous poet and writer of all time a fraud and a plagiarist? Was Shakespeare the "upstart crow" described by Greene as strutting in borrowed feathers, or Jonson's "Poet-Ape" who patched plays together from others' work? John Michell's witty investigation of the theories and claims reads like a series of detective stories. By the end of the book even the most faithful disciples of the Bard will find themselves asking, "Who Wrote Shakespeare?"

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