The truth about psychic powers
A Llewellyn Educational Guide to The Truth About Psychic Powers by Donald Michael Kraig
Thinking About Psychic Powers Helps Us Think About Science
A psychic is a person who claims to use extrasensory perception ESP to identify information hidden from the normal senses , particularly involving telepathy or clairvoyance , or who performs acts that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws. Although many people believe in psychic abilities, the scientific consensus is that there is no proof of the existence of such powers, and describes the practice as pseudoscience. The word "psychic" is also used as an adjective to describe such abilities. Psychics encompass people in a variety of roles. Some are theatrical performers, such as stage magicians , who use various techniques, e.
I read everything I could find about ESP, telekinesis, clairvoyance, precognition—the whole gamut of mental abilities that stretched beyond the ordinary. I wanted to penetrate the mystery, figure out how this kind of thing could really work. So eventually I decided on the obvious course of action—I would perform my own experiments.
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This is a list of alleged psychic abilities that have been attributed to real-world people. Many of these abilities are also known as extrasensory perception or the sixth sense. Superhuman abilities from fiction are not included. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness.
T he young female volunteer in front of me could not suppress an embarrassed giggle as she sat there wearing a ski mask, wraparound sunglasses, an oversized graduation gown and a pair of white socks, a large laminated sheet hung around her neck displaying her participant number. Then things got even weirder. Professor Richard Wiseman knocked on the door to collect our volunteer. He accompanied her into a large room where she was instructed to sit in a chair facing the wall and do nothing for 15 minutes or so. Professional medium Mrs Patricia Putt was then brought into the room and sat down at a small table around 12 feet away.