Do you believe in connecting and conversing with your car, that you can talk and it listens? Is it capable of offering advice? Lots of men seem to talk to their machines, but do they listen for any response?
So here is the part you might think is flaky. I will get to the science later.
I am becoming convinced that I can delay or stop repairs on my car by talking to it. I had an incident 2 or 3 years ago where it all of a sudden it had strong jerks and hesitations. The check engine light came on. The local garage thought I needed a new engine but I was in a small town so I drove it for 5 hours back to my current home base, and along the way I talked to it and imagined it fixing itself. I made it back.
No one could find the problem. They thought it might be wiring or sensors, or whatever. I left it at the repair shop for 2 weeks and rented a car to go away. It never happened again and the check engine light disappeared.
Now 3 years later it has happened again, twice in 1 month. The transmission light comes on but no codes come up. The garage just cleaned some wires, and told me to keep driving it. It happened again. We just turned the car off for awhile and it has been fine for the last few weeks. I imagine it all cleaned up, happy and ready to motor.
Another side to this is actually having a conversation and getting information from the car. My car has told me that it needs to get out more. I let it sit in the driveway a lot. It says it has caused these recent problems because it is reacting to my fear of getting out there (I have had a general anxiety since I moved to a new part of the country, where I don’t know anybody).
I have noticed a change in me since this message from my car, in that I am not terrified to drive it. I am more willing to go out, for the most part, and trust that I will not be left stranded or that I will be taken care of somehow. I am more relaxed, instead of freaking out because there “might” be a problem. I am letting go of some control and worry. Maybe there really is an exchange of energy between the car and myself, which affects the operation of both of us?
On a scientific level, is there any evidence that metal has consciousness?
In the book Blinded by Science, Matthew Silverstone writes about experiments conducted by Sir J. C. Bose. Apparently Bose developed machines to measure the minute responses of plants, animals and metals. He concluded that they all responded in similar ways to various stimuli, including poison. Now I don’t know the details of how this was done, but it is intriguing. What poison would a metal react to? And I assume it would be different poisons for each, plant, animal or metal.
So who knows, but there is so much we don’t know. The idea that even inanimate objects have consciousness fits with the aboriginal view that everything has a consciousness, including rocks.
There is so much to explore and wonder about isn’t there? And why not imagine it all anyway? Why not feel more connected to everything around you?
Do you ever talk to your machines and see results? If you’re really skilled at this, and/or mechanics, maybe the car will tell you what is wrong with it? What about washing machines, cell phones, tractors? Let me know. I imagine some of you may have some fascinating stories.