LV The Dragon In My Garage
by Shortgoth

To begin this page, I'd like to quote a bit of Carl Sagan (If you don't know who he is, I'm legally obliged to kill you *g*).

"A fire-breathing dragon lives in my garage." Suppose I seriously make such an assertion to you. Surely you'd want to check it out, see for yourself. There have been innumerable stories, but no real evidence. What an opportunity!

"Show me" You say, I lead you to my garage. You look inside and see a ladder, empty paint cans, an old bicycle - but no dragon.

"Where's the dragon?" you ask

"Oh, she's right here," I reply, waving vaguely. "I neglected to tell you she's an invisible dragon".

You propose spreading flour on the floor of the garage to capture the Dragon's footprints.

"Good idea," I say, "but this dragon floats in the air"

Then you'll use an infrared sensor to detect the invisible fire.

"Good idea," but the invisible fire is also heatless."

You'll spray-paint the dragon and make her visible. "Good idea, except she's an incorporeal dragon and the paint won't stick."

And so on......

Now, in this case, Sagan is referring to magic, and how it is impossible to prove or disprove it, but I feel that the same arguement is applicable to "Psychic Vampirism".

I'm sure that, like me, you will have come over many mentions of psi-vamping on the 'net. Maybe you've spoken to people who claim to practice it, maybe you believe you are capable of it, I don't know, but I'm running on the assumption that you've heard of it before. In case you haven't, a basic description is using psychic powers to literally suck another person's life force (Chi, Prana, whatever you wish to call it) to bolster your own. Not only this, but many exponents also claim to be able to draw power from trees, the earth, the sun, the moon, etc. Some also claim to be able to influence the weather. try going up to one of them and saying "prove it". The general answer I get is "why should I?". Well, I'm just curious as to whether or not it's indeed possible, and the only way for me to know is if you prove it by, oh, I don't know, taking my life force. But then you get other complications. "You're too far away". "I can't do it on demand, it happens naturally" and so on and so forth. It seems that this mighty power is a very fickle one.

But, I hear you say, just because we can't prove it does work, you can't prove it doesn't. Consider the dragon in Sagan's story. Is the dragon real? Can we definitely say that there isn't a dragon in his garage just because we don't currently have the scientific know-how to catch an invisible dragon? Similarly, is psychic vampirism to be scoffed at because we cannot prove it works? The answer is, of course, no. Let's face it, you can't even prove that blood vampirism works, and that's an obvious physical act that I myself have been part of, but as opposed to psi-vampirism, the problem is that although we can prove it happens, we can't prove it works. But I digress......

To believe that this works we must first make a huge leap in faith and agree that we as human beings do have some form of psychic life force. Science would tell us that our "life force" is just electrical impulses. It's a hugely religious thing to believe that we have anything more than that. And then we must accept that if we, as the only sentient beings on the planet have psychic life force, so too do the lesser animals/birds/fish. And so too does flora (no, not the margarine, it's a posh word for plants *g*). And so too even, does the sun. And the moon? This is definitely the hardest one to accept. Apart from the fact that the sun isn't "alive" and therefore logically cannot have a life force as such, everybody knows that the moon is just a lump of rock. It takes nothing in, it gives nothing out. It just floats. And you can draw energy from this?

Energy. It's a fascinating concept. There are a few unbreakable laws of physics, but I feel that the most applicable one to mention here is this: "Energy cannot be made or destroyed. It is only changed from one form to another". What does this mean? Consider the four stroke petrol combustion engine. You put in potential energy in the form of a mix of petrol and air. You add a little electrical energy in the form of a spark from the spark plug. Out comes kinetic energy in the form of the movement of the crankshaft (which drives the wheels, duh!), and other energies in the form of the sound, the exhaust fumes, the heat generated, and vibration. In total, the energy gotten out is exactly equal to the energy put in.

So taking this as a fact, then yes, if there was such a thing as psychic life force, you could indeed "steal" it from its rightful owner and use it yourself. But how? The mechanics of the question are beyond me. For a start what sort of energy IS this? It doesn't make any noise. It doesn't move. It doesn't create any sort of electrical charge. It doesn't give off any heat. We're back to our dragon again, and still we're no closer to the answer.

So here they come. The final facts........ 1)There can be no answer. We do not have the technology to measure something that is incorporeal and is nothing like any of us has ever encountered before. 2)The probability is very low that there is any such thing as psychic life force. 3)Even if there were such a thing, the probability of humans knowing instinctively how to take it from other sources is even lower. We, as a race, have pathetic instincts compared to other creatures, we've evolved to become more civilised, less dependent on instinctive knowledge and so have no real racial memories such as 99% of the animal world has. IF it were possible and IF we ever knew how to do it, we would have lost the knack many generations ago.

You'll notice how I've totally avoided any philosophical or psychological debate. That's because I don't have enough knowledge in these two areas to offer much of an opinion. Also, these two subjects have absolutely no relevance to the actual possibility of psychic vampirism being achievable. They might explain, however, why so many people think it is possible, but thats another subject altogether.... Although I will point out one thing on this side: Occam's razor. The principal that, when two or more possibilities are there, the simplest one is invariably true. And it has to be said, the simplest answer to this is a psychological condition or purely psychosomatic responses (possibly combined with auto-hypnotic suggestion)