|My name is Brian Cocksey.
I am a scientist. I was trained as one over forty years ago and I still
work as one, but now I am also a heretic. I can now see that the methods of
conventional science are too limited in their application. Too many important areas of
human experience are excluded because of the limitations both of science and of the human
mind. Conventional science cannot provide adequate answers to many of the experiences
which have occurred in my life and doubtless in the lives of many other people.
I was led into what has become a lifetime study of the paranormal through a strange train of events in my personal life in 1984. At first
glance it may seem just to be chance but could chance maintain coherence over nineteen
years? For much more on my journey of discovery see
An Odyssey in Paraphysics
My wife' s name is Jenny and we met
through a series of coincidences in 1986. We have pursued this research together and
shared very many moving and thought provoking experiences over the past seventeen years.
She also does all of my typing and helps me with editing, and for this help I am eternally
I talk of the paranormal. I do not use the term '
parapsychology' because my research results suggest that these experiences are not
artefacts of the mind. For, the mind is merely the instrument or channel through which the
experiments appear to be conducted and through which conclusions can be drawn. However,
the events to which the experiments relate are very much in the real world of space
The term parapsychology was coined
quite a long time ago, in a rather futile attempt to gain acceptance for
this field of study amongst the closed minds of the academic world.
Some twenty one years ago, Renee Hayes wrote an interesting book
The Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1982 A History.
In the chapter 'Fact Fraud and Furor Scholasticus, she says
'and we all know what the 'will to believe' can do. The 'will to
disbelieve', less widely recognised, is equally important..........
And this is where the problem lies.
Those who have been brought up with either a scientific world view or a
materialistic world view simply do not want to believe. They do not want
to look at evidence which cannot be easily explained away by their own
belief systems. Often their explanations for well documented experiences
are even more fanciful than the claims of the people they are trying to
ridicule. Renee Hayes refers tellingly to 'those whose
deepest-rooted and most comfortably settled convictions were
What is more, people with a fixed
mindset are unlikely to have any personal experiences which may cause them
to wonder. This has been noted as the 'Experimenter Effect'. This
makes them even less likely to accept the genuineness or the validity of
the experiences of others. I used to be a conventional scientist
until I encountered things that I could not explain in any scientific way.
Then, unlike most so-called scientists today, I saught to understand.
I pursued the matter further. I investigated. As a result I came to a
greater understanding. I did not have the arrogance to say. 'I cannot
explain such a thing, therefore it cannot be. I'll just ignore it and get
on with what matters, ie what I can explain. It can only be chance, error
Our own personal experiences provide evidence for the interaction between the
human mind and sources of intelligence totally separate from it which appear to transcend
space and time. Sometimes, these sources of intelligence appear to be the spirits or souls
of people from the past. But sometimes, the messages appear to come directly from a much
greater Source of Intelligence. Physics is concerned with the laws of space and time. I
have no doubt now that these sources of intelligence are real. However, they are beyond
the physical or material world of space and time. Hence, I consider the term
' to be a more accurate description. However, paranormal is a sufficiently neutral
term and it is already in widespread use..
Train of Events
Sands of Time