Doppelganger Phenomena, Mysterious twins
Do we have a twin in this world? Whether we can be in two places at the same time? In history, there are many records about people who claimed encounters with the shadow of himself. This phenomenon is often referred to as doppelganger.
Doppelganger comes from the German word that means “Double Walker”. This term is used to refer to the shadow self that accompanies every human being to believe in this earth.
This phenomenon is different from the appearance of ghosts. If a ghost sighting means one sees images of people who have died, the doppelganger phenomenon is to see the shadow of someone who is still alive.
In many cases, the Doppelganger is believed to be the signs of death. It is said that Queen Elizabeth I met with the shadow of his own before he died.
I do not know when this phenomenon first appeared. However, in 1691, found a note of the Doppelganger, written by Robert Kirk, who writes that this phenomenon has emerged in the stories of the people of Scotland and Ireland.
Dr.Wynn Wescott Case
On April 12, 1888, in the British Museum of London, a report created a furor among employees doppelganger museum. Dr. Wynn Wescott and the Reverend WT Lemon scheduled to meet in the reading room of the museum.
Reverend Lemon arrived a few minutes early and saw Dr. Wescott was involved in talks with a colleague who called Mrs. Salmon.
Not long after, Mrs. Salmon with a polite greeting to Dr.Wescott and leave the conversation.
He walked past the preacher Lemon and also gave greetings. Then, Mrs. Salmon turned into Dr.Wescott to tell that the Reverend Lemon has arrived. But he was surprised to realize that Dr. Wescott who had been standing had been lost.
Reverend and Mrs. Lemon. Salmon then asked the receptionist and other museum officials. They get the same answer. All did see Dr. Wescott entered the room, but no one saw him leave the room.
Startled and afraid, they check to the house Dr. Wescott and unexpectedly they found Dr. Wescott was lying in bed, sick and did not leave his bed since the morning.
Case of Abraham Lincoln
Another doppelganger case is a case of eminent experienced by Abraham Lincoln. The story is narrated by Noah Brooks who claims to hear directly from Lincoln.
Told that when Lincoln was elected president, he found “herself” with two faces in her living room. One face paler than the other. When she approached him, the shadow disappeared.
Then he threw his body onto the couch to rest and shadow reappeared. A few days later, the shadow of himself with two faces was re-emerged. But sightings are sightings the last time.
When he told his wife, his wife said that the two faces that means Lincoln will be elected as president for two more term, while a second, more pale face showed that he would not live past the term of office of both.
I do not know where his wife knew it, but the prediction proved true because in 1865, Lincoln was killed at the time of holding the second term in office.
Emilie Sagee Case
From among all the cases that famous doppelganger, perhaps this case is the most puzzling cases. This story is told by Robert Dale Owen who heard it from Julie Von Guldenstubbe, Baron Von Guldenstubbe second child.
In 1845, when Julie was 3 years old, she attended von Neuwlcke school, a girls’ school near Latvia. One teacher was a woman named Emilie Sagee 32 years.
Although Ms.Sagee known as a good teacher, rumors circulated in the school that the “twinning” Ms.Sagee often be seen appearing and disappearing in front of the disciples.
Once told that while Ms.Sagee was writing on the blackboard, identical twins who appeared at his side. Doppelganger was imitating exactly all Ms.Sagee movement, the difference is he does not hold chalk. This event was witnessed by 13 students in the class.
What is more remarkable is the incident that occurred the next day. At that time, 42 students were gathered in the hall for sewing lessons. Ms.Sagee was in the garden, visible from the window by the disciples.
Suddenly, the doppelganger Ms.Sagee appeared and sat in a chair in front of the room. A brave student who runs forward and tries to touch the creature, but he feels there is an invisible barriers that block. Then doppelganger is slowly disappearing.
Ms.Sagee himself knows this, but he also did not understand the phenomenon of what was going on. According to him, when doppelgangernya appeared, he could feel extremely tired. Even his face turned pale.
Doppelganger and Culture
Doppelganger phenomenon has many explanations vary in different parts of the world. In Denmark, there is a story that mentions a Troll (mythical creature) kidnapped a pregnant woman and then replace it with doppelgangernya to cover up his crimes.
In the Jewish tradition, every person believed to have faced similar angel seems that sometimes arise and manifest themselves.
In the tradition and trust other countries, doppelganger is simply interpreted as an evil spirit that takes the form of a human.
Theory of Dr.Peter Brugger
In the context of science, Dr.Peter Brugger from Zurich University Hospital, proposed the theory of the Doppelganger Syndrome. This syndrome, according to Dr.Brugger is a sense in which a patient can feel the return of amputations of limbs that have been lost.
In the case of Doppelganger, not just part of the body that is felt, but the entire body of “additional” is perceived outside the body and are beyond its control.
According Dr.Brugger, this syndrome can occur when the nervous shock we experience so that we will bring the internal representations of self are then transferred to the outside world. This usually happens when we are experiencing stress, loneliness or when we have injuries or brain tumors.
For Brugger, this neurological phenomenon can explain the existence of “imaginary friend” experienced by many young children.
Experiments Shahar Arzy
Dr.Brugger addition, other scientific explanations also appeared in September 2006 in the magazine Nature. The magazine released the results of experiments conducted by Shahar Arzy and colleagues at University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland.
They unexpectedly succeeded in creating a phenomenon Doppelganger using electromagnetic stimulation given to the patient’s brain.
The patients were told to lie still in bed, then, they provide electrical stimulation on Temporoparietal Junction (TPJ) in his left brain.
When the stimulation was given, the patient could immediately feel the presence of another person in the place. Thus, this experiment proves that this phenomenon may be related to disruption of brain activity.
According Arzy, this experiment might explain the hallucinations are often experienced by sufferers Schizoprenia or paranoia.
Shahar Arzy Dr.Brugger explanation or indeed may explain Lincoln’s experience, but can not explain the experience and Ms.Sagee Dr.Wescott.
For example in Ms.Sagee experience, maybe 42 people Temporoparietal impaired student’s left brain simultaneously?