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by Dr. Cliff Pickover,
"People afflicted with certain eye diseases give similar reports of beings from parallel universes."
People afflicted with Charles Bonnet Syndrome see beings from another world.
Many scientists would call these beings hallucinations. Others call this syndrome a portal to
a parallel reality.
People with Charles Bonnet Syndrome (or "Bonnet-people") are otherwise mentally sound.
The beings appear
when the Bonnet-people's vision deteriorates as a result of eye diseases such as age-related
macular degeneration -- or when patients have had both eyes removed.
Charles Bonnet Syndrome is more common in older people with a high level of education.
Bonnet-people report that they see apparitions resembling
distorted faces, costumed figures, ghosts, and little people.
Most Bonnet-people see beings wearing hats. For example, one very sane woman
was sitting quietly at home when she suddenly saw several two-inch-high,
stovepipe-hat-wearing chimney sweeps parading in front of her. (ref 2.)
She tried to catch one, but could not. Her only medical problem
was that she had poor sight due to macular degeneration.
Magnification of head region of previous image.
One patient described how a friend
working in front of a tall privet hedge suddenly disappeared, as if
he had suddenly put on a cloak of invisibility. "There was an orange
peaked cap bobbing around in front of the hedge and floating in
space by its own devices." (ref. 1)
Fifty percent of Bonnet-people see
a disembodied or distorted face of a
stranger with staring eyes and prominent teeth.
Sometimes the strangers are seen only in an outline or cartoon-type form,
which reminds me of the images seen by
people taking the psychedelic drug DMT.
The faces "are often described as being grotesque, or like
gargoyles". (ref. 1)
Some of the beings have blank eye
sockets. (This image is also reported by people using the hallucinogen
Special K. One person e-mailed me and told me that while under
the influence, everything was normal except that people in the room
had no eye sockets, just a black void, and he saw light being sucked
into the void from around the periphery of the eyeballs.)
(Click to magnify the vortex.)
Bonnet-people also see serene landscapes and vortices.
Many Bonnet-people will see entire new worlds, such as
landscapes or groups of people, which are either life size
or tiny (ref 3.)
Perhaps when vision deteriorates, the brain's visual cortex is starved
for information, and the brain is free to access parallel
Sometimes the imagery can be complex, almost comical, like two
miniature policemen guiding a midget villain to a tiny prison van,
ghostly (translucent figures floating in the hallway),
people wearing one big flower on their heads), as well as beautiful (a shining angel,
wonderful group of flowers).
Further magnification of head region of previous image.
A Swiss philosopher named Charles Bonnet first described this condition in the 1760
when he noticed his grandfather, who was blinded by cataracts,
describing birds and buildings that Bonnet could not see. (ref. 3)
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Further Reading on Charles Bonnet Syndrome
1. Roger Highfield, "Ghosts and witches on the brain"
2. Dr Stephen J Doyle and Maggie Harrison, "Lost in Lilliput"
3. Royal National Institute of the Blind on Bonnet Syndrome
4. Robert J Teunisse, Johan R Cruysberg, Willibrord H Hoefnagels, André L Verbeek, Frans G
Zitman, "Visual hallucinations in psychologically normal people:
Charles Bonnet's syndrome"
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