I’m reaching the breaking point here. The whole goddamned New Age scene is going to make me age prematurely. I was sitting in a restaurant when the person with whom I was lunching picked up a magazine called “New Age News”. On the cover, among the rest of the cagal, were the words “Aura imaging”. I was dismayed that this intelligent person would be taken in by this nonsense, but there you have it. No amount of rationalization could ever convince her otherwise. Not even a refutation of Kirlian photography and assorted pseudo-scientific claims could make her change her mind.
This is where I am going crazy. This person, along with many others I have met, claims to be able to see auras around the human body. There’s a lot of aura-watchers out there who are absolutely convinced that they can see auras (the more gracious ones admit that they do not see colours).
My questions: are they seeing auras because they have grown up with all sorts of crap in their minds about auras and therefore imagine them? Are they all just lying to me? Or do they really see some kind of luminescence around the human body? Is this possible or is it an optical illusion? I know the human body generates a small electric field, but last time I checked our eyes could only see a small band of the electromagnetic spectrum called visible light. What wavelength are auras supposed to be? Is there a widespread visual disorder that afflicts New Agers and makes them see glows and halos around objects? What in the heck is going on?
“For what is myth, but the deconstructive prose of a missing literary critic who lisps?”