Is psychokinesis or telekinesis real?
What is psychokinesis / telekinesis?
- psycho comes from the Greek ‘psyche’, meaning spirit, soul, mind, heart, or breath
- kinesis also from Greek and means movement or motion
- psychokinesis literally mind-movement and is sometimes abbreviated as PK
- also known as telekinesis from Greek which literally means distant-movement, and is sometimes abbreviated as TK. It refers to the direct influence of the mind on a material object
Psychokinesis – Is the Force with Us All?
Is psychokinesis really possible? Can we really affect our environment using nothing but the power of the mind?
Uri Gellar claims as such, as have many other people. Their claims range from being able to change the temperature of water slightly to upsetting your grandmother by twisting her favourite cutlery set out of shape. Psychokinesis has also entered the realm of science fiction and the majority of us will likely remember a young Luke Skywalker trying to lift his X-Wing Fighter from the swamp with the help of a little green fellow that had difficulty with sentence structure. In fact, the Jedi’s had an arsenal of mind tricks that allowed them to pretty much cheat their way through their adventures but is it all just a matter of science fiction, or could it be science fact?
Back here on planet Earth, psychokinesis is a branch of parapsychology that allows us to manipulate our environment using nothing but our mind. Within the field of psychokinesis you will find telekinesis which is, more specifically, the ability to move objects using nothing but thought.
Of course, with science being unable to resist the urge to have a poke about and find out more, it has decided to have a look into this particular realm of the unexplained. As a result, there is mounting evidence that ‘the force’, or something resembling it, may not be restricted only to Jedi Knights and Sith lords after all. In fact, some say we can all learn telekinesis.
It’s all very well taking the word of those that make extraordinary claims or fantasizing about possibilities in a galaxy far, far away but most of us want hard evidence and the good news is that we have it.
At Princeton university Dr Robert G. Jahn, now retired, spent 25 years amassing an enormous database of empirical data on psychokinesis that clearly suggests the phenomena is very much a reality. He founded the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) group which undertook countless experiments under controlled, scientific conditions to measure the effect of the power of the human mind using a range of instruments.
The instruments used were Random Event Generators (REGS), machines that are designed to give a completely random output such as random numbers. With no physical attachment to the machines whatsoever, subjects were then asked to attempt to influence the output of the machines using nothing but their mind. In the case of a random number generator, for example, they were asked to influence the next event by willing the next number to be higher or lower.
The project didn’t see test subjects picking up furniture and rearranging the interior decorating, the results were actually very small. So small that they would normally be disregarded and even go unnoticed but when compounded over the thousands upon thousands of snippets of data acquired they actually amounted to something really quite significant. It is important to remember at this point that this is not a knee-jerk reaction to a slight anomaly in just a few tests but a synopsis of a vast amount of data collected over a quarter of a century of controlled experiments. Such a vast amount of empirical data that has been gathered under scientific conditions is hard to deny.
Mind Power on a Global Scale
Also working at PEAR was Dr Roger D. Nelson and he took Dr Jahn’s work to another level entirely with the Global Consciousness Project. Instead of testing just one individual at a time he used the same methods to test groups of people and the results were very impressive. Working in group meditations to begin with, Dr Nelson then stepped up his research by connecting 70 REGS in locations around the world to his computer at Princeton. For the most part the charts showed nothing out of the ordinary at all, until an extraordinary event occurred.
What made the monotony of watching a graph with all the action of watching paint dry worth it was what happened during major international events such as Diana’s death or 9/11. When events of this scale did occur, the graphs would go through the roof. It was even possible to predict heightened graph activity when a major event was approaching. When New Year celebrations were approaching, for example, it was known beforehand that the charts would go through the roof and it was even possible to follow different celebrations getting under way across the world as midnight swept across the globe’s different time zones.
Some might choose to disregard the project as ramblings from a megalomaniac mad scientist hell bent on world domination and a penchant for assistants with a bad back. This is simply not the case for the global consciousness project however as the project was not overlooked by Dr Nelson only but was also contributed to by 75 well respected scientists from around the world. It is also the longest running and most thorough single experiment into any paranormal subject undertaken. When such a large group of respected scientists present findings from their experiments, it is wise to listen to what they have to say.
The Scientific Community
Those behind the investigations remain adamant that the science is very real with Dr Jahn going as far as to say: “If people don’t believe us after all the results we’ve produced, then they never will.”
Physicist Dick Bierman said of the Global Consciousness Project that the effects were very real and the only thing in dispute is what the results actually mean.
It would be easy for some to dismiss the work done by Dr Jahn as worthless due to the lack of peer reviews but that does not tell the whole story. The fact is that many in the scientific field simply dismiss the subject as preposterous without even looking at the reports. Others think that lending their support to something considered to be mumbo jumbo is a risk to their credibility and would rather avoid it so as not to harm their own career prospects.
If research into Psychokinesis continues and the experiments continue to show similar results then there will come a point when the scientific community on the whole will have to begin taking it seriously. Perhaps one day with a better understanding of the science behind ‘the force’, a little boy’s wish of becoming a Jedi Knight could be more of a career move than a wild fantasy.
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