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(Dr. W.) Okay all you smarty-pants, who are convinced I went off the deep end when I suggested any credibility for pet psychics, listen up.

Let's set aside for the moment the fact that you believe in all kinds of things you do not even begin to understand and only can know indirectly.

The unseen forces of gravity and magnetism are but two familiar examples. Everyone believes in these forces, sees them at work everyday but nobody has ever seen or felt the actual forces or has a clue as to their origin...
Take infinity? We believe in that but can't even begin to comprehend it. Or how about the fact that all of matter is more than 99.9999999+% empty space, not the touchy-feely "reality" you think it is? Or what about the fact that all of this perceived physical world which materialists believe to be the sum total of truth must have had an ultimate origin, yet we have no idea what that was?

Don't get me wrong; I don't have it all figured out either. But I do know that there is lots of figuring left to be done. Materialists, on the other hand, swagger around as if they have all the answers. They pick and choose the phantoms they wish to believe in. Yet, they have the hubris to ridicule any thinking outside their box that may afford explanations, regardless of the merit of the documentation.Here's another cog in the materialistic wheel.

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is the author of the seminal concept of morphic resonance. It is a theory designed to explain idiosyncrasies in biology. To some, his thinking is as revolutionary as Darwin's. In fact, it explains some of the conundrums of evolutionary theory. But that's another topic (see my book, The Creation-Evolution Controversy).
His research has also led him to examine the phenomenon of foreknowledge and other psi-like phenomena in animals. To take just the matter of dogs knowing when their owners will come home, he has carefully analyzed 585 reports.

Whenever Peter Edwards returns to his farm in Essex, his Irish Setters are at the gate to greet him. He works irregular hours and usually does not let even his wife know when he is returning. But the dogs know.

Then there is the matter of the Coast Guard Buoy tender stationed 20 miles away from home. Jackson, the family dog, always anticipated the return of the kids on the bus, but Teresa, the mother took little note. When Jackson would get excited, wanted out, go to the end of the sidewalk and wait for her husband who just it so happens got in port some 20 miles away, she paid attention. His schedule was not at all regular. She would even primp and prepare a meal timed with Jackson's behavior.

Similar accounts come from others who have irregular schedules such as lawyers, taxi drivers, military personnel, midwives and airline workers. Distance is not a factor, nor is sound, wind direction, time spent away, nor schedule. 

In carefully tracking the simultaneous actions of the animal and those of the owner, the trigger was found to be when the person DECIDED to come home. It was the thought-action that the bonded animal perceived and responded to. If an owner changes his/her mind, the pet settles back into its pre-alerted demeanor.

The "Skeptical Inquirer," the publication that scientifically examines claims of the paranormal, put Sheldrake's data to the test and came up with the same conclusions.

Pay attention to your own pets and you will likely see similar behavior first-hand.

This is yet more powerful evidence that there is more to things than meets the eye. We, and the creatures around us, are more than the summation of our atoms or mere genetically programmed machines. Understanding this is the beginning of wisdom and the key to open-minded inquiry. From there we can be led closer to truth, the goal of any thinking person and the prerequisite to a healthy mind, body and that something else.

Further Reading:
The Creation-Evolution Controversy
More Weird Stuff
Pet Psychics

Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong. 

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