Sunday, 13 June, 2010
An excerpt from a book by Sylvia Browne: Phenomenon: Everything you need to know about the paranormal.
You're in your kitchen, making a meal for your family, when suddenly the cupboard doors begin flying open and slamming shut again on their own. Appliances roar to life as the refrigerator bangs open and the food inside hurtles across the room. You escape into the living room, where the TV comes blasting on all by itself and wildly changes channels. While lights blink insanely on and off, you reach for the phone to call for help. At that same moment it leaps off the end table and falls to the floor, static hissing from the receiver.
A mean-spirited ghost trying to chase you out of your house? Maybe. But it's more likely that you've just witnessed a dramatic display of kinetic energy, caused not by some external force but by you or a member of your family who's either blessed or cursed, depending on how you look at it, with kinetic energy.
So what exactly is kinetic energy?
Kinetic energy is the unintentional, spontaneous manipulation of inanimate objects through no obvious physical means, causing its possessor to become kind of a hapless walking force field. There are several theories about what creates kinetic energy. And, of course, there are just as many skeptics who will swear it doesn't exist at all, which I'd be happy to consider if I hadn't witnessed it with my own eyes a few thousand times.
She's very rational about it:
Remember, it's no one's fault, it's not a physical or mental illness, it has nothing to do with evil, it doesn't require an exorcism, and it's not some perverse punishment from God (as if God has a perverse streak to begin with). It's only a temporary, passing spasm of innate, purely unintentional kinetic energy.