Lite snippets från den ruskigt läsvärda The Miracle Detective : An Investigation of Holy Visions av Randall Sullivan.
The most aggressive tests performed on the visionaries were conducted by Dr. M. Frederica Magatti, who tried shouting at, jabbing, and pinching the seers durring an apparition, without obtaining ”any observable reaction.” Finally, after noting that the eyes of each child had become ”hugely dilated” during their apparition, Dr. Magatti used a film projector with a 1,000-watt bulb to blast their pupils with light. None of the five had reacted, Dr. Magatti wrote; not only did their pupils remain unusually dilated, but the eyelids of each seer continued to blink at a normal rate.(…)
Father Slavko regarded the imperviousness of the children to pain, whether it be a needle jabbed into their flesh or a blinding light played across their eyes, as far less significant than the context in which this was demonstrated. ”Look at the fakirs of India, who after long hours of meditation can block all sensation of pain, who can even cut themselves without bleeding,” he told me during our first meeting. ”Then look at Jakov, who comes running in from school, throws down his books in the corner, sits to pray the Rosary, has his apparition, then five minutes later is outside playing with the other children…”
The most eminent of the physicians on Dr. Joyeux’s team was the ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Francois Rouquerol. He had been able to demonstrate a clear ”disconnection of the auditory pathways during the ecstacy” of each visionary, Dr. Rouquerol reported. He had proven that most convincingly, the doctor explained, by blaring ninty decibels of engine noise into the ears of the seers during their apparitions; none had reacted. He also reported that, while his instruments showed that the visionaries’ voices had become completely silent during the apparitions, their lips, tongues, and facial muscles had continued to function exactly as when speech was audible. Somehow, completely separate from the rest of their physical faculties, the larynx of each seer had ceased to operate during the period of silence. This anomaly was singular in his experience and could not be accounted for by any condition known to medical science, Dr. Roquerol concluded.
Like nearly everyone else who studied the results obtained by the French team, Dr. Joyeux was most impressed by the electroencephalogram tests that had measured activity in eight distinct areas of the seer’s brains during their ecstacies. All states of consciousness known to neuroscience involved some admixture of alpha (receptive) and beta (reactive) impulses. Dr. Joyeux observed that the ratio of activity in the seer’s brains prior to an apparition was exactly normal: ten alpha cycles to twenty beta cycles each second. Falling asleep or into a trance state would have increased the beta cycles while reducing the number of alpha cycles. During their apparitions, exactly the opposite occured: Their beta impulses stopped completely. The six young people were not simply awake during their apparitions, but hyper-awake, in a state of pure meditation that previously had been observed in just a handful of Trappist and Buddhist monks while deeply in prayer. And those monks has achieved this ”generalized alpha rhythm”, Dr. Joyeux noted, only when their eyes were closed, whereas the Medjugorje visionaries had kept their eyes wide open during the entire time of their apparitions.
I told the priest that I had never been able to convince myself that there were more than the three choices I had given myself at the beginning about what was taking place in Medjugorje: Either they were faking it, or they were crazy, or they were telling the truth. ”Well, I would say that those are the three categories of choice, along with the possibility of a diabolical plot,” Groeschel responded, ”but what you seem not to recognize is that these elements can be mixed. Religious visionaries can be a little dishonest or a little crazy, or both, at the same time they are experiencing and reporting genuine apparitions. It can happen. It has happened.”
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