Anyone who has visited this site for more than a week will know that I’m a hardcore sceptic. As far as I’m concerned, everything has an explanation, and if something is unexplained, it’s because nobody has yet worked out the answer, not because some hobgoblin cast a spell to make it happen.
I think invoking the supernatural is the laziest way possible to avoid thinking about things. Never mind how it happened. ‘Twas by magic, as the Pooka McPhellimey once remarked.
Magic, and the supernatural mean only one thing: we made up some shit so we wouldn’t have to work it out for ourselves.
Therefore, when I tell you about something I saw as a child, I don’t want you thinking I sudddenly believe in ghosts and fairies and God, and other such comforting fantasies.
I do not.
However, it would be very good if some informed person would explain to me in broad outline the physics that made this thing possible.
When I was a child, maybe 8 or 9 years old — it’s true! I was once a child — I happened to be at home in bed, pretending to be sick, reading my huge collection of superhero comics when I noticed a small ball of light floating in through the window. I’m telling you for a fact that I saw this. I wasn’t hallucinating due to my illness, since there was nothing wrong with me apart from a severe aversion to school. It was about the size of a tennis ball, and it glowed, though not particularly brightly. It floated slowly across the room, and eventually it stopped at the bedside lamp where it disappeared with a soft POP!
I saw this. I know what I saw. It was not a ghost or a fairy or a poltergeist. It was some kind of physical phenomenon, and I would very much like to know what it was.