For Doctor Richet, clairvoyants possess a little extra gland which will one day be discovered… For others, notably certain American biologists who study these phenomena, the voyancy organs are the thymus and the pineal gland, which they think, in former days, allowed our neolithic ancestors extra-sensory perception but are generally atrophied in modern man. This agrees with a third explanation, that of the parapsychologists, resumed by J.-H. Pollack in his work on Gerard Croiset, the famous Dutch paragnostic. For him, clairvoyants are “primitives” living in the XXIst Century. He considers that they have kept
“the extra-sensory gifts of the primitive races that anthropologists have found throughout the whole world. […] In contrast, the civilized man of today is generally conscious only of what he can see, hear, touch, taste or smell. This rational, mechanised individual has in great part lost the sixth sense which warned the primitive man of imminent dangers, permitting him to perceive the nature of the country, to communicate without words, to heal, to cope with his environment. But these strange lost powers have not totally disappeared. In varying degrees, they are latent in almost all men”.
Everyone has experienced some forms of voyancy. We call them “presentiments” or “intuitions”, but they are, in fact, embryos of precognition. Our “voyancy organs”, atrophied by centuries and centuries of slumber, function only “sluggishly”, according to Dr Richet.
Guy Breton says that he believes in voyancy since reading, among other things, the stupefying results of the famous “chair test” used for eighty years by the greatest researchers: Dr Eugene Osty, a French doctor and one of the pioneers in parapsychological research, the American doctor J. B. Rhine, of Duke University, in Durnham (North Carolina), Pr Wilhelm Tenhaeff, holder of a chair in parapsychology at the Utrecht University, Pr Hans Bender, of Fribourg-en-Brisgau University, etc.. The test is to give information about a person who will, in the future, be seated in a place randomly chosen in a theatre or conference room.
The English physicist, Eddington, a friend of Einstein, said:
“Events don’t happen, they are already in place, and we inexorably meet up with them along the line of our universe…”.