Stephen Hawking & Shadow People
Supernatural Shadow-Like Figures

Stephen Hawking & Shadow People
Supernatural Shadow-Like Figures

Stephen Hawking talks about difference dimensions and the possibility of shadow people existing, war, the existence of god and global warming. A quote that he says that stands out for me when he speaks of global warming is.... "We might end up like Venus, boiling hot and raining sulfuric acid" - Stephen Hawking

Shadow people (also known as shadow figures, shadow beings, shadow men, or shadow folk) are supernatural  shadow-like figures of both modern folklore and paranormal popular culture that believers describe as dark humanoid forms or evasive specters that are seen mostly in peripheral vision.

Several principles based in science can be used to explain reports of shadow people, including optical illusions or hallucinations brought on by physiological/psychological circumstances, drug use, and the interaction of external agents on the human body.

When a specific region of the brain called the left temporoparietal junction is stimulated, it can create the illusion of a shadow person.

Images seen in peripheral areas of vision can be caused by pareidolia, a condition in which the brain incorrectly interprets random patterns of light/shadow or texture as being familiar patterns such as faces and human forms.

The same condition can also be observed in macular vision in low light conditions, or when viewing a complex but random image.

A common example would be perceiving a shadow, thrown by an item of furniture in a darkened room, as being a person.

Hypnagogia, also known as "waking-sleep", a physiological condition in which a person is part-way between sleeping and waking, can also account for such perceptions.

During hypnagogia, a person can be conscious and aware of their environment, but also in a dream-like state where they can perceive images from their subconscious.

People experiencing waking-sleep commonly report the sensation of lights or shadows moving around them, as well as other visual hallucinations. A feeling of dread is also a sensation that occurs when experiencing hypnagogia.

Hypnagogia is sometimes known as 'the faces in the dark phenomenon' because those who experience this state commonly report seeing faces while experiencing waking-sleep.

Similar hypotheses have been put forward linking this condition to a number of other apparent paranormal experiences, including alien abductions, paranormal nocturnal visitations, and religious experiences such as contact with angels or demons.

Shadow People: Dark humanoid forms or evasive specters that are seen mostly in peripheral vision. They are commonly regarded in modern folklore and paranormal popular culture as malicious or evil spirits.

Science of Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis is paralysis associated with sleep that may occur in normal subjects or be associated with narcolepsy, cataplexy, and hypnagogic hallucinations.

The pathophysiology of this condition is closely related to the normal hypotonia that occurs during REM sleep.

When considered to be a disease, isolated sleep paralysis is classified as MeSH D020188. Some evidence suggests that it can also, in some cases, be a symptom of migraine.

The original definition of sleep paralysis was codified by Dr. Samuel Johnson in his 'A Dictionary of the English Language' as "nightmare," a term that evolved into our modern definition.

Such sleep paralysis was widely considered to be the work of demons and more specifically incubi, which were thought to sit on the chests of sleepers.

In Old English the name for these beings was mare or mære, hence comes the mare part in nightmare. The word might be etymologically cognate to Hellenic Marōn (in the Odyssey) and Sanskrit Māra. Folk belief in Newfoundland, South Carolina and Georgia describe the negative figure of the Hag who leaves her physical body at night, and sits on the chest of her victim.

The victim usually wakes with a feeling of terror, has difficulty breathing because of a perceived heavy invisible weight on his or her chest, and is unable to move i.e., experiences sleep paralysis. This nightmare experience is described as being "hag-ridden" in the Gullah lore. The "Old Hag" was a nightmare spirit in British and also Anglophone North American folklore.