As I grow older, the “monkey mind” aspect of my inner life annoys me more and more. Reference here is to the teaching of the Buddha, who described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said, with dozens of monkeys all clamouring for attention.
One particularly loud monkey constantly screeching for attention in my own mind is the one that says “Skeptics are so stupid! Look how stupid they are! And ignorant! And dishonest!” Much as I try to ignore this racket, the screeching often triggers a train of thoughts in which I get lost, up to the point when I realise what I am doing and, with a considerable effort, I force myself to stop.
The pattern of such thoughts is typical: I review pieces of evidence from psychical research, I work myself into a rage wondering how on earth a normally intelligent, sensible and intellectually honest person can possibly ignore or deny the validity of that anecdote, that investigation or that laboratory experiment.
It so happens, then, that yesterday, as I was panting my way up the very steep side of a Scottish hill in preparation for my upcoming mountain climbing vacation in the Alps, I went through exactly the same pattern.
The particular piece of evidence I was thinking of is a very little known documentary on one of the most important personalities in Instrumental Trans-Communication, Marcello Bacci. The reason why this excellent documentary is little known is that it was produced by the Italian branch of the Swiss national broadcasting company. Switzerland is not a big country to begin with, and Italian is the least spoken of the three national languages in the country, far behind German and French. The intended audience for this film, therefore, was rather small. Add to that the fact that the subject itself – two-way communication with discarnate personalities through technological means – is highly controversial, and you will realise how this is truly a hidden gem. Fortunately, however, a kindred soul from the island of Malta took upon himself to translate the whole 30-minute documentary and make a subtitled version publicly available on YouTube.
For me, there is not much else to say. I believe that most of my readers, upon watching this 30-minute movie, will feel much in the same way as I do. What kind of person can look at this – just this, just this one, individual piece of empirical evidence about ITC – and invoke fraud, deception, misperception, pareidolia, “desire to believe” or any other of the silly, demeaning “explanations” that are regularly put forward?