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Q - To whom is this site addressed?
A - This site is addressed to curious and intelligent people, open- and critically-minded, interested in the meaning and purpose of human life from the point of view of our conscious Ego and the psychic experiences in which it (she/he) is involved during our life. To get an idea of the topics covered, you can start by reading the blog, by clicking on the Blog button at the top right of this page.
Q - Are these issues important?
A - Certainly the arguments here dealt with do not solve the many complex problems that this life involves. On the other hand, since human life is a journey with a beginning and an end, as we progress over time along this path, the curiosity of knowing if our experiences have a meaning, and if – given their complex variety – it is possible to move towards a goal, increases. In this respect, the topics dealt with here are interesting and can reveal new horizons.
Q - This site has a religious tendency?
A - Absolutely not, at least not in the conventional and traditional sense of the term. There is no reference to an anthropologically conceived deity, nor to patterns of behavior to be followed, resulting in rewards or punishments. However, the possibility that the conscious Ego may continue to exist in another dimension, also after the body's death and the brain's dissolution, is taken into account.
Q - How is the site organized?
A - The menu on the left gives access to various sections, each dedicated to a particular topic. Clicking on one of the buttons opens an introductory page to that section where another menu shows up on the right, allowing to access all that section's pages.
Q - How can I see if there's something that might interest me?
A - After these Questions and Answers, there is a summary that helps to better understanding the topics of the site. You can also take a look at the Blog, which takes up some of the themes in a more colloquial form: you can start, for instance, by reading the short story The Spirit's Tale. The topics of the various sections are explained in the following answers.
Q - What is the section Life on earth about?
A - The origin and evolution of the psychophysical instrument (the body and its brain) through which we live in this world, the way in which human social aggregations have formed and evolved, and the ways by which complex societies (like the one we live in) activate the socio-cultural conditioning that contributes to shape our functioning and behavior.
Q - What is the section The human psyche about?
A - On the basis of the current scientific knowledge about the functioning of the human brain, it considers how our sense of existence in this life depends on the conscious experience of a series of psychic events, of which we can preserve the memory, determined by mental (and therefore cerebral) activity. A person's psychic experiences are but a mere fraction of all the psychic events of which humanity can, as a whole, make experience, now or in the past. The complex of all these experiences is an evolving phenomenon that can be defined as human psyche. The reasons are also explained why it is more appropriate to consider the human brain as a tuning instrument - rather than a producer - of the psychic experience.
Q - What is the section Non-ordinary states about?
A - This section is easy, enjoyable and accessible to everyone: it examines and exemplifies various psychic experiences that do not usually come to consciousness during the ordinary waking state: in addition to the normal dreams and some particular kinds of dreams, such as lucid dreams and conscious dreams, the out of the body experiences (OBEs) and the experiences induced by the assumption of some psychoactive substances are dealt with.
Q - What is the section Near death experiences about?
A - This section too is easy to read: it offers several examples of psychic experiences that have occurred during a crisis that could have had a deadly outcome, although this has not happened. These particular experiences, certainly uncommon, often refer to an OBE and an otherwordly dimension. Some points of view, regarding the correlation between these experiences and the presumed functioning of the brain in the conditions in which they occurred, have also been evaluated.
Q - What is the section Psychic phenomena about?
A - It's about various well-documented phenomena, investigated especially in the period between the end of the nineteenth century and the second world war, for most of which have not yet been found a satisfactory explanation that match the physical laws we know. For this reason, there is still a psychic tendency to deny the very existence of these phenomena. This section contains a series of pages related to the History of a medium, with the original reports of some remarkable mediumistic phenomena occurred in a small Tuscan town between 1936 and 1952.
Q - What is the section Psychical research about?
A - This section provides an outline of the researches carried out during a century and a half of investigations on paranormal phenomena and the main theories and hypotheses advanced by the researchers to explain them.
Q - What is the section Over the life about?
A - It considers the possibility that our conscious Ego may continue to exist in other dimensions after the dissolution of the psychophysical system by which we live in this world. Some assumptions concerning agents and supports that could make plausible some form of survival of the conscious Ego have been examined, together with the consequences that such an eventuality may have for our present life.
Q - What does the section Info & links contain?
A - The Info page describes briefly the additions or variations of the site's sections or pages over time. On the Links page - inside the same section - information is provided on other sites, where specific topics are discussed, while in the Library page you can find and dowload some of the books mentioned on the site.
Q - Why so many pages of the site are dedicated to NDEs and to mediumistic phenomena?
A - The reason is explained in the Human psyche section: these psychical experiences are important to highlight some inconsistencies in the cultural orientations currently prevailing in our society. According to these programs, the existence of a human being is considered almost exclusively according to the needs of the socio-economic system of which he/she is a member.
Q - Some topics interest me. In what order should the various pages be read?
A - The topics can be read more or less like the chapters of a book, of which you can browse the pages until you find something interesting to read with more attention. You can also start from the Blog. A graphic with clear fonts was used, but good viewing also depends on the browser settings used by your computer or smartphone. The site should work well with Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.
Q - Some pages are challenging: can't you simplify them?
A - Although I did my best to be clear, the limits of linguistic communication (and also of my skills) did not always allow me to treat in a simple and effective way what can be outside the range of personal experiences and cultural information of the reader. I have created a Blog to treat some of the site's topics in a simpler way.
Q - Who are you and what's your job?
A - Apart from the fact that I was born in 1946, and therefore I have some experience of life, other news about my life would not add anything meaningful or interesting to what I wrote. I think it is important to emphasize - more than my subjective and partial human experience and the destiny that has determined my life's story - the universal desire for knowledge that acts in me as in so many other human beings.
Q - Does the site have many contacts?
A - Contacts in the last year were over 19,000 (10% of which by interested readers).
To get an idea of the purpose of the topics covered in the site's sections, you can read the last page of the section Over the life, entitled The meaning of human life and the liberation of the conscious Ego. It encloses in itself the idea that this life is a preparatory condition for the formation and evolution of the conscious Ego, so that it can continue to exist beyond the death of the body to experience other psychic dimensions. All the topics dealt with are intended to present, in an intellectually honest, shared and possibly documented way, the reasonable arguments that lead to this conclusion.
In order to better understand the meaning attributed to expressions such as «conscious Ego» and «human psyche» and terms such as consciousness, memory, intelligence, etc., it is advisable to read at once the Definitions page in the Human psyche section. In any case, all the pages in this section should be read carefully, because they help to understand the difference between the conscious Ego and the psychic experiences which involve the Ego, as well as to initiate a path of detachment of the conscious Ego from the human psyche, in order to be able to evaluate the various psychic manifestations in a more detached way. Bear in mind that in our culture the term psyche is regarded as an equivalent of mental activity, and the identification of the conscious Ego with the psychic experiences that involve it is taken for granted. This results in an excessive personalization of psychic experiences, as evidenced by the common and shallow use of expressions such as my (or your) psyche, which do not allow to distinguish between the experimenting subject, the object of the experience and the power of involvement and domination exercised by the latter on the subject.
Since psychic experiences are determined by mental activity, and therefore by the brain's functioning and the stimuli our psychophysical system receives from both the external environment and our body, the Life on earth section shows a synthetic picture of the origin of the human body as part of the phenomenon that has led to life evolution on our planet. However, our psychic experiences are largely determined by the programs that have been transmitted to us by the socio-cultural system in which we have been raised, and also by those people with whom we must continually interact within the system that keeps us alive. So in the same section some pages are devoted to the cultural evolution of human societies, and to the differences between the simplest and mainly static societies, and the more complex ones. The influence of socio-cultural conditioning on mental activity and psychic experiences is further deepened in the section The human psyche.
In addition to psychic experiences that can be considered normal or ordinary, in the sense that almost all human beings can experience them as long as their brains work regularly and the necessary circumstances occur, there are other uncommon experiences that are discussed in the section Non-ordinary states. It starts with dreams, which can be considered as normal psychic experiences (since almost every person dreams and many people remember much of the dreams they make), because during sleep some peculiar and uncommon psychic experiences may occur, such as lucid dreams, or dreams that are indistinguishable from the reality of the waking state, or body separations (OBEs). Some persons have a special talent that allows them to easily access these experiences, which are precluded to the majority of people.
Among the uncommon psychic experiences, a special emphasis is given to the NDEs, to which the Near death exp. section is dedicated. The importance attributed to these experiences is due both to the fact that they seem to refer, at least in part, to a state in which the conscious Ego is separate from the physical body, and to the critical condition in which the brain of the subject involved in the experience can be. Given that such conditions could also result in irreversible death, they are often referred to as pre-death experiences or deathbed experiences, but these expressions are inaccurate. Even the expression near death is not particularly appropriate. Indeed, in most cases, the risk of death, when the experience occurs, really exists and can be high, although it is clear that people who experienced NDEs survived and recovered their mental faculties. However, in some cases, NDEs occurred when the subject was in coma or in a presumed unconscious state. The risk of death and the critical condition of subjects who experienced some NDEs have led to consider these experiences as testimonies of the survival of the conscious Ego to the body's death: this has not been proven, but they certainly refer to a psychic dimension very different from the one that characterizes our human life.
All the particular and uncommon psychic experiences dealt with in the Non-ordinary states and Near death experiences sections are typically subjective, in the sense that there are no other witnesses that can validate them, in addition to the experimenting subject. Instead, in the Psychic phenomena section, we report unusual experiences that have undeniable objective features, since they were tested and witnessed by a plurality of subjects, and in some cases documented by recording devices. As an example, recordings of mediumistic sessions with direct voices can be downloaded and listened to from this page, in the section dedicated to the History of a medium.
The objectivity of mediumistic phenomena, and more generally the assessment of the reality and authenticity of paranormal phenomena, has given rise to a field of study which, since the end of the nineteenth century, has been called psychical research, metapsychic, and finally with today's most used term: parapsychology. Some guidelines on the orientation of these studies, the investigations carried out by Italian researchers, the results obtained and the explanatory hypotheses brought forth are shown in the section Psychical research.
The final section, Over the life, presents the conclusions that can be reached at the end of this long and complex path, and also at the end of human life. The conscious Ego has formed, developed and evolved in this life, but all of its experiences are determined by the psychic tunings that involve it through mental activity. Most of these experiences are determined by the needs of the human body, and, when they are not neutral, they carry with them an emotional component that involves the Ego either negatively, through forms of distress and suffering, or positively, in terms of pleasure, enthusiasm and happiness. Some experiences involving a minority of human beings may reveal the possibility of existing in other dimensions, where the psychic tunings experimentable by the conscious Ego are more in accordance with the needs of its spiritual and incorporeal part.