Uncovering The Third Man Essay

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While many things distinguish people from one another, there is one thing that links every human being together: destination. No matter how different two people may live their lives, they will both end it with death. Although it is impossible to avoid this destination, could prolonging it be a capability of all human beings? A phenomenon taking over the globe is doing just that, allowing people to see another day even after looking into the eyes of death. Better known as a guardian angel, this phenomenon of what has become to be known as the third man is just that, a guardian angel. As the documentary “The Angel Effect” explains, the name of this miraculous survival tool came from the first ...view middle of the document...

He gave up hope of surviving and curled up in the snow to die” (Blake 1). While Sevigny thought this was the end for him, the third man had other plans for him. As he threw in the towel of life, an odd sensation came over him, and he felt someone behind him. Following this mysterious sensation was a voice that Sevigny told CNN said, “No, you can’t give up. You have to live” (Blake 1). According to Sevigny, the voice was warm and nurturing as it gave him practical advice necessary to survive. While the voice told Sevigny several things, such as, put on your jacket, get water, leave a blood trail, and constant encouragement, he was led by the presence back to his campsite. After arriving to the campsite, three skiers were able to bring Sevigny to safety. As he was rescued, the presence left Sevigny. Looking back on the situation, Sevigny says, “If it wasn’t for the Third Man, I would be dead. There’s no way that I would have the strength to get up and walk across that valley and do the things I did to survive” (qtd. in Blake). While Sevigny owes the continuation of his life to a mysterious presence, he is not alone. In fact, according to a new study of the nation’s religious beliefs shows, “55 percent of adults- including one in five who say they have no religion- believe they have been protected from harm by a guardian angel” (Grossman 1). Over half of America’s adults have prolonged their lives with the help of someone or something, but the world still has yet to discover how this presence is created. Multiple supernatural and scientific theories have been produced to try and describe this phenomena of the third man, but none have been proven. Although there are many possible explanations for why a “third man” appears in life or death situations, it is most likely that a presence appears due to the heavy amount of stress put on the body.
One theory, as to where the third man comes from, is that when the human body is in life threatening situations, the third man is revealed as a survival tool that one’s brain has until this moment hidden. Possible evidence regarding a “switch” in the human brain was once revealed by Dr. Olaf Blanke, director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics. Within the documentary “The Angel Effect,” Blanke describes how he came across this hidden part of the human brain, which has come to be known as the angel switch. Blanke was treating a patient by sending electrode waves into different portions of the patient’s brain when he accidently came across the switch. Whenever Blanke would flip the machine’s switch to start the flow in the temporal lobe, the patient would suddenly exclaim that there was someone between her bed and the floor beneath her. However, when he would turn the switch off, the presence would vanish. In “The Angel Effect” documentary, Blanke says, “It was strange… when we stimulated it [the temporal lobe] we could induce a feel of a presence. Almost like turning on and off a light switch”. Just as a...

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