Sunday night I finally got around to watching the movie The Men Who Stare At Goats. When it first came out, I simply paid it no attention and had no idea what it was about. It basically dealt with a journalist investigating the U.S. Army's use of New Age ideas and paranormal activities to fight in combat. The question that resurfaced in my mind was, are superpowers real? Do we all have mind powers locked away inside our brains and just don't realize it?
I tucked away this idea for a possible future article. The next day, the local paper (the Marin Independent Journal) did a write up of a professor (Jeff Kripal) that says "X-Men-like superpowers may be latent within us." As a professor of religious studies, he now believes we could have the ability to transform ourselves into real-life superheroes. Could he be on to something?
== TEASER ==
The professor (and author of the book "Authors of the Impossible") will be the star speaker at a two day conference this weekend (sadly, I will be unable to attend due to a prior commitment). Could he be on to something?
"It's the notion that the capacities the X-Men display - precognition and telepathy and perhaps even psychokinesis (moving objects with your mind) - may be powers that haven't fully evolved in us yet, but show up as signs of our future human nature. Perhaps these are signs of where our species is going in the future."
There's always been that myth that we only use ten percent of our brain and if we could access other areas, we'd all have telepathic or telekinetic abilities. Unfortunately studies say this is just a myth, at least the ten percent part. It's been proven that we do use one hundred percent of our brain throughout the course of a day.
This may not completely rule out the possibility. It could be a matter of learning how to do certain things. Remember before you knew how to whistle (for example)? Not everyone can whistle the same. Some people are way better than others. Do we just need to learn how to use our super powers?
You've also probably heard about the 'real life' superheroes. Ranker even made a list of " The 12 Greatest Real-Life Superheroes Of All Time" (check them out). We've reported on a couple of these. Some are people dressed as familiar heroes while others have made it their mission to create their own identities in performing their call of duty.
Perhaps one day we will all be using our superhuman abilities. Have you witnessed anything out of the ordinary?