Back around 1998, when I wrote the letter to physicist David Bohm in the UK, as mentioned in a prior post, I did not know he was already deceased. The topic of the letter was something I call “the sound phenomenon.” This refers to statements I hear that may be jumbled from reality. This poor hearing may date back to loss of hearing and perhaps brain damage associated with strong prescription medication use in the 1980s. Or it may be a form of ecological or illogical communication.
In any case as an example, someone may utter a statement like “I am going to the restroom.” What I may hear is “There is no restroom….” So either due to damage in my hearing capabilities or due to some form of “hearing voices,” I hear the statement that has been uttered or better said perceived in a non-logical light. I call this event “the sound phenomenon” and also attribute it to ecological versus logical thought.
The letter to David Bohm in 1998 asked for the development of a double-blind study in which “the sound phenomenon” would be studied. In the letter, I also described a dream I had involving Einstein in which he and I were arguing about a topic (potentially time) and that I felt very self-assured in my opinion and in challenging him. I also talked in the letter to David Bohm about my thoughts about linear time versus circular time. In my view at the time, linear time is the time of chronological events. Circular time is the time of dreams and of the subconscious. Somehow this differentiation is associated with matter and anti-matter.
Understanding “the sound phenomenon” is something that continues to occupy my thoughts some 20 years later after writing the letter to David Bohm. I continue to try to listen to what is said but not give it too much credence in linear time if it does not “make sense.” I tend to think of utterances in “the sound phenomenon” as similar to a Freudian slip where the world of circular time may be butting into the world of linear time. Yet, I have no real explanation as of yet for whether this is an accurate assessment of “the sound phenomenon.”
I don’t believe “the sound phenomenon” is the same as hearing voices though it might be. I have had that experience early on in my mental health history. In that case, what was or is heard is typically something that is not grounded in reality at all but is discernible to the ear. With “the sound phenomenon” I hear maybe half of the idea communicated directly with the other half miscommunicated or garbled into nonsense and rather not discernible to the ear.
I find that “the sound phenomenon” occurs in any number of places – out in public, in the home, at church, watching TV – which logically might indicate that these occurrences are due to hearing failures on my part due to inadvertently or potentially “over-using” anti-psychotic medications in my twenties. I really do not know the answer and have accepted to date that I really don’t know the explanation for these events. What I have added to my behavior is asking the person who said what I perceive of as an illogical statement to repeat him or herself. Usually that involves clearing up the hearing “mistake” and a repeat of a more logical statement. I find that asking the person talking to repeat him or herself makes me realize that this is either a hearing fault on my part or some sort of temporal miscommunication like a Freudian slip.