Scientific Look At Psychic Phenomena

Many regular people and most scientists would scoff at the idea that there is any veracity to claims of psychic phenomena. However, there are researchers who not only believe that these phenomena are very real, but that there is strong scientific evidence for them as well. Though this may surprise many people, a considerable amount of scientific research has gone into psychic phenomena. And, many scientists are researches continue to be convinced many psychic phenomena are real.

One of the biggest proponents of this idea that psychic phenomena is real is psychologist Charles T. Tart. Tart is known for his work on the nature of consciousness and stance against materialism. In his book The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together psychic science and courses Tart presents a compelling argument for the reality of five psychic phenomena. Tart feels there is enough scientifically verifiable research to conclude that five psychic ‘paranormal’ phenomena should be accepted as proven realities. The five psychic phenomena Tart argues are real are: Telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, and psychic healing. Tart calls these phenomena ‘The Big Five’.

The Big Five Psychic Phenomena
Telepathy: Telepathy is the first of our Big Five psychic phenomena. Telepathy is the simple idea that minds can communicate with one another in a non-physical way. In fact, telepathy was originally called ‘thought-transference.’ Telepathy involves the ability of thoughts, be they words or images, to somehow travel from the mind of one person to the mind of another. The crux is that this communication can not involve any physical interaction whatsoever. Though the exact mechanics and physics of how thought can travel from one person to another (or perhaps from one living thing to another) is not understood, this should not preclude the evidence that strongly suggests that telepathy is a real physical phenomena.

Clairvoyance: Clairvoyance, which literally means ‘clear seeing’, is similar to telepathy but does not involve communication between minds. Rather, a person who is clairvoyant has the ability to perceive some area of the physical world where they are not themselves present. It can not involve the use of any normal physical senses or other ways of picking up on information. Only the mind of the clairvoyant can be used to receive information about a certain physical location. This type of clairvoyance is often called ‘remote viewing’ and was at one time studied by the U.S. CIA as a possible means of gathering intelligence. Those who claim to have ‘clairvoyance‘ also feel they can go beyond just accessing information on the physical plane, but also tap into spiritual realms.

Precognition: Precognition literally means ‘to know before it can be known’. Precognitions is the ability to see into the future. Precognition only counts, however, when there is no rational or physical way that certain events could have been otherwise be predicted or known. For example, when meteorologists predict snow in two days time based on known whether patterns, they are not using psychic abilities. Someone truly able to practice precognition will successfully predict events or know about future events that could not have otherwise been known through any sort of physical means. (You might check out this Free Precognition Test).

Psychokinesis: The word Psychokinesis combines two ancient Greek words. ‘Psyche‘ (meaning mind, soul, spirit, heart, or breath) and ‘kinesis’, (meaning motion, movement). Psychokinesis is also traditionally called telekinesis. This particular psychic phenomena is the ability to move object or cause some other effect in the physical world using only one’s mind. As with the other Big Five, there can be no known physical causes involved. A true psychokinetic must be able to cause verifiable effects by force of will alone. Tart admits that cases of true psychokinesis are rare but that there are nevertheless some instances of psychokinetic effects which cannot be ruled out.

Psychic Healing: Psychic healing is the newest member into what used to be Tart’s ‘Big Four’. Anyone familiar with alternative and New Age circles should be no stranger to ‘Psychic Healers’. These are people who claim to be able to heal others with only the power of their intentions and mind, using no physical or even psychological remedies.

As mentioned, Tart is not the only scientist arguing for the scientific verifiability of particular psychic abilities. Fellow researcher Dean Radin has also written several books about the issue. In his books The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds, Dean Radin surveys a large amount of the available scientific literature on the subject of psychic phenomena, citing numerous studies that he believes demonstrates the reality of some of these phenomena. Interestingly, Dean Radin has been a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), an institute co-founded by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell, which is dedicated to studying human potential, including meditation, consciousness, alternative healing practices, spirituality, psychic abilities and survival of consciousness after bodily death.

There is also Neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, in his book The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul also discusses psychic phenomena and documents his own research on altered states of consciousness. The ranks of scientists who now feel that science should take psychic and spiritual possibilities more serious was recently joined by Dr. Eben Alexander, an academic neurosurgeon, who was teaching at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eben is putting forth his own scientific proof of the afterlife based on his personal near death experience in a book Proof Of Heaven

At the heart of many of books mentions is the concept that science has limited means to explore and test for psychic, paranormal and spiritual phenomena. To explore and understand non-physical realities, science itself, as a method for finding out what is true, needs to expanded.

The above resources are crucial for anyone interested in deciding for themselves whether there is a case to be made for the reality of psychic abilities such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, and psychic healing. Much of the modern world looks to naturalistic and material explanations for strange and mysterious phenomena, and psychic explanations are usually written off without a second thought.

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Nevertheless there are many people out there, including several scientists, who would argue this point. Either through personal experience or because of looking at experimental data, these people believe that psychic phenomena like the Big Five should not be written off so quickly.psychic phenomena

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