A Venture Into The World Of Psychokinesis
Psychokinesis or telekinesis is the ability to move an object by simply putting the thought of it in your head. Simply put, it allows a person to put physical things in motion without physically touching them. Although numerous people like to believe in psychic ability, the existence and scientific evidence about having this ability remains to be proven. The phenomenon is generally regarded as an example of pseudoscience.
Henry Holt, an American author, coined the word “psychokinesis” in 1914 in his book ‘On the Cosmic Relations.’ The term psychokinesis came from Greek language ‘psyche’—the mind, soul, spirit, or breath, and ‘kinesis’—motion or movement.
J.B. Rhine, an American Parapsychologist, coined the term “extra-sensory perception” to describe paranormally receiving information from outside sources. He used the term psychokinesis to describe the ability to influence objects using the mind without physical interference. His first experiments involved influencing the outcome of a falling dice.
The phenomenon of psychokinesis was divided into two by the parapsychologists: macro-psychokinesis where a large-scale effect can be seen by the eyes, and micro-kinesis, which requires the use of statistics to be distinguished. Levitation, materialization, psychic healing, thoughtography, telekinesis, retrocausality, and pyrokinesis are al; examples of psychokinesis.
In 1846, Angelique Cottin, otherwise known as “Electric Girl” in France was thought to be a generator of activities involving psychokinesis. She and her family stated that she had the ability to move pieces of furniture and scissors across the room by producing electric emanations. Frank Podmore wrote about the ability being fake. Several witnesses noticed the movement of a frame produced by Cottin they were so rapid that they were hard to detect.
An Italian medium in the person of Eusapia Palladino, also a spiritualist medium, claimed to have PK abilities that enabled her to move objects during séances. She was noted using her foot to levitate a table. Most claimants were tainted by fraud and trickery, making it hard to prove the real existence of telekinesis.
In the early 20th century, Stanisława Tomczyk claimed to be able to perform several acts of PK. A photograph of her was taken with a pair of scissors floating between her hands. This photograph is often seen in books and publication that illustrates telekinesis. Scientists have suspected her of using a fine thread or hair to suspend the said object in the air. This was confirmed after researchers observed the presence of thread in her performance.
A yogi skilled in controlling his heart functions, Swami Rama, was studied in the spring of 1970 at the Menninger Foundation. He was seen to have an ability to move knitting needle for as far as five feet. Among the observers, one physician was not convinced. The physician claimed that Rama moved the needle using breath or body movement. However, it should be noted that Rama wore a face mask and a gown.
An American martial arts expert and psychic, James Hydrick, was known for his ability to turn the pages of a book using his mind. He could also spin pencils on the edge of a desk using his mind. Magicians later revealed that these tricks were possible due to electric currents. He was found to move objects by blowing them in a “highly deceptive” manner. Hydrick confessed that they were really tricks and he just wants to see how dumb America and the world was.
Jean-Pierre Girard, a French psychic claimed that he could bend metals through psychokinesis. In 1970, he was tested but failed to give paranormal effects in scientifically-controlled conditions. On the 19th of January 1977, he underwent an experiment in a laboratory in Paris. It was directed by Yves Farge with the presence of a magician. Another experiment with him was conducted in June. Both tests failed to prove that he had the said ability.
These experiments prove that man’s curiosity pushes him to explore the mystic of the unknown. And why not? It is always wise to have an open mind to endless possibilities. Although it might be too early to know the secrets of PK, more studies about the world beyond would be an interesting feat to explore.
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