LETTER FROM JORDAN
The following is a letter we received from Dr. J.N. Hussein, Ph.D., Director of the Paramann Programme Laboratories, dated 28 August, 1995.
We are compiling the first ARABIC directory of societies and research centers and institutes from around the world which are interested in studying anomalies, paranormal and parapsychological phenomena, subtle energies, bioelectromagnetics, exceptional medical phenomena, complementary and alternative therapies, energy medicine, and relevant subjects. One main aim of this work is to support the growing interest in the scientific research of these non-mainstream nontraditional subjects in the Arab world and to encourage the young research centers in the Arab countries to maintain permanent communication with their older and more experienced counterparts in the West.
We are endeavoring to make this directory as extensive as possible, yet our success in achieving this depends very much on the cooperation we receive from you. We would therefore ask for your kind and most appreciated cooperation in providing us with information on your Institute/Society.
Please send the information to our address: P.O.Box 310087, Al-Mahatta, Amman-11131, Jordan. Fax 962-6-635950
A brief report on the study of the Deliberately Caused Bodily Damage phenomenon by Dr. Hussein is presented on later in this issue.
DCBD: Deliberately Caused Bodily Damage Phenomenon
Jamal N. Hussein, Ph.D., Director Paramann Programme Laboratories P.O.Box 310087, Al-Mahatta, Amman 11131, Jordan
Needles to say, such abilities are well beyond the capacities of the human body in its normal condition. The implications for medicine of such impressive control of pain, bleeding, and infection, and exceptional healing of major wounds are invaluable. That's why these abilities are worth studying given their importance for advancing medical knowledge. It is worth noting here that there are many unanswered questions in wound healing medicine!
DCBD phenomena also bear on the ongoing and continuously growing debate on human consciousness and the nature of the mind-body interaction. An important experimental fact that should be pointed out here is that the person who performs DCBD feats need not be in a special state of mind. The dervishes that we experimented upon do not enter any altered state of consciousness before, during, or after their performances. This was confirmed by the normality of their EEG recordings. DCBD phenomena seem to suggest that mind-body interaction can take place on a much subtler level than sharp alteration in consciousness.
Some of the questions that DCBD feats of the dervishes raise are: Why does the body invoke its extraordinary reactions only when deliberately injured? Why does it react extraordinarily only when the dervish intends to demonstrate his DCBD feats for a specific religious purpose? Why does the body seem to encourage the dervish to practice DCBD feats by responding on call with unusual immunities?
Another interesting aspect of DCBD feats is that they seem to be transferable by some talented individuals. Some of the dervishes can practice DCBD feats using other peoples' bodies. That is to say, they drive the sharp objects into others' bodies and force them to respond with the typical extraordinary immunity to pain, bleeding, and infection, as well as exceptional healing. The persons who participate in these demonstrations need not be dervishes themselves or have any unusual abilities. In these cases the dervish seem to be in total control of the body of the other person.
These are some of the extraordinary features of DCBD phenomena. They reveal the extent to which the investigation of these phenomena can help in deepening current knowledge in several fields.
DCBD phenomena do challenge the central dogmas of medical science. Standard medicine finds DCBD phenomena quite incomprehensible. They are completely incomprehensible from a conventional biochemical view, though they are beautifully testable by standard scientific methods. The dominant paradigm in orthodox science, the metaphysics of which is far from being the outcome of its very scientism, should be encouraged to face the challenge posed by DCBD phenomena by applying its rigorous means of experimentation to them. DCBD phenomena do face the conventional biomolecular view of the human being with such challenges that mainstream medicine would not easily overcome. DCBD phenomena do not fit the existing paradigm of physiology. We believe that all those who might explain these phenomena as a placebo effect, which works through suggestion or distraction, should first account for the success we have met in research on experimental animals or the field-found cases of children, far too young to be suggestible, and yet can perform the same DCBD practiced by their parent or other people.
We are very interested in pursuing the investigation of DCBD phenomena as we believe that these phenomena are potentially able to provide answers to questions that have long lived in man's mind, questions of a universal nature the domain of which surpasses by far those that DCBD phenomena seem directly to touch on.
We would be grateful for any comments or suggestions you might have as to the lines of research that are worth pursuing in studying these phenomena.
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