Researchers discover previously unknown body system. Declare it a potential cause for extra sensory perception.

This news story focuses an article, published December 15th, that details how researchers have made an interesting discovery, turning years of scientific and medical dogma on its head.

“In the article, researchers at Albany Medical College, the University of Liverpool and Cambridge University report that the human body has an entirely unique and separate sensory system…”

Researchers noted that: “Surprisingly, this sensory network is located throughout our blood vessels and sweat glands, and is for most people, largely imperceptible.”

Well, finally. Good grief. Can we finally drive a stake through the hearts of all those scientists, doctors, laymen and outright skeptics who called these people “crazy”, “malingerers”, “neurotic”, “attention seekers” and worse?

For years, these poor people have been hounded by established science; a system that has been known to close ranks and stifle dissent among its own. The scientists and medical professionals who suggested possible theories supporting the claimants were labeled quacks and frauds. Meaning, if you believed the “crazies”, you risked your career, because you were obviously crazy too. If you wanted to keep your job, you toed the party line.

And perpetuating the abuse: misguided unquestioning followers of scientific dogma, who insist that because science hasn’t proven it, or in their parlance: developed a consistently testable theory, it can’t possibly exist.

People have lost their families, been fired from their jobs, have been denied medical attention, simply because they insisted that they had experiences that no one could explain or prove by any scientific rational.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people, including family, friends, scientists, physicians and even disinterested bystanders, reported that these folks were obviously experiencing “something” even if science couldn’t prove it. These reports were dismissed as unworthy of consideration. In other words: anecdotal evidence.

So, after all these years, sufferers of fibromyalgia may finally find someone to believe them and offer some relief.

Wait. What? You thought I was talking about what?

Are you insane!? Those people are “crazy”, “malingerers”, “neurotic”, “attention seekers” and worse! Any scientist suggesting possible theories supporting these woo-woos are quacks and frauds. They are claiming experiences that no one can explain or prove by any scientific rational.

The hard facts are: like it or not, science can’t prove it, so it can’t possibly exist.



  1. Sam said,

    December 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Did you even read the article? It didn’t mention a thing about ESP. And the article was a very poor writeup of the original research. It wasn’t a completely new sensory system. It was the discovery that innervation of cutaneous blood vessels and sweat glands – e.g., in the skin, resulting in the sense of TOUCH – may be under a separate genetic/developmental control than other innervation to the skin.

    So let’s see if we can follow this chain: A. scientists discover separate mechanism for innervation of a few structures in the skin. B. Online science magazine does poor writeup in calling it a completely new sense. C. You somehow get ESP out of it. Legitimate science to poor popular writeup to crazy claim. And you wonder why scientists reject woo.

    Bet you don’t have the guts to keep this reply up.

    • December 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Sam,

      I did indeed read the entire article. If found it quite interesting in light of the fact that my doctor gave me a diagnosis of fibromyalgia about 10 years ago. He explained that he would not put it in my charts as a diagnosis because many scientists and doctors doubted the disease existed. They felt that complainers like me were “faking” or “neurotic”. So insurance companies would terminate coverage or deny claims.

      However, it is evident to me that you did not read my commentary. You made unwarranted assumptions based on your “skeptical” bias. You also made my point for me quite nicely. Well played, sir.

      At no point in the commentary did I use the terms ESP or extrasensory perception.

      In the future, it might save you much embarrassment to use a more critical eye when reading.

      I meet your challenge and offer my own: You won’t have the “guts” to apologize for your sloppy thinking and unwarranted attack.

  2. Nate said,

    December 19, 2009 at 3:52 am

    I can see how Sam is left scratching his head on this; you have not drawn a very good picture of how your argument links to this discovery. What I mean to say is I don’t have any idea of the correlation here. If you will maybe explain yourself citing the facts that support your claim and your exact claim it would be very helpful in understanding you. It seems that you are very emotionally tied to your viewpoints and that is probably clouding your vision. Don’t take this personally it happens to us all at some point.

    • December 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Nate,

      Well, as with any attempt at humor: Not everybody is going to get the joke. Yes, fibromyalgia is a serious subject. But so is the idea that skepticism can only express denial. Unfortunately this seems to be the only view considered currently acceptable.

      So a little punning, a little wordplay, a little satire are my way of dealing with the frustration of dealing with people who claim to be skeptics, but in reality are only deniers.

      Thank you for your thoughtful input, though. At least you didn’t suggest I was an idiot.

      Courtesy is always appreciated, because it is in such short supply.

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