Extrasensory Perception Do we have telepathy, clairvoyance, & precognition skills or is it fiction?
Is there Extrasensory Perception? • The controversial claim that perception can take place without the senses • Popular Paranormal shows on TV portray people who study or claim to have these powers • X files • The 6th Sense • Psychic friend Network The Boy who claims to see dead People.
Claims of ESP • The following categories fall under paranormal phenomena • Astrological predictions • Psychic healing • Communication with the dead • Out of body experiences • The three most testable one are • Telepathy: mind to mind communication • Clairvoyance: perceive events • Precognition: perceiving future events
Psychokinesis • Closely linked to the previous is “mind over matter” claims. • Moving things with your mind • The movie Carrie being a prime example • A teenage girls who has the ability to move things with her mind (Fiction)
Premonitions or Pretensions • Is it a reality? • Most leading psychics accuracy in predicting events are skimpy • The fact that most of them missed big events like 9/11 & Oklahoma City bombing are telling • A 1982 analysis of psychics who help the police department showed that there help was not more accurate than guesses made by others • The fact that so many predictions are made & the occasional correct guess happens to take place can be interpreted & retrofitted to match events that provide a perceptual set for interpreting the information given.
Police & Psychics • 65% of the police departments in the biggest cities in the US do not use psychics • There are those cases however that are brought to everyone’s attention when the psychic is proven right or helpful. • John Wayne Gacy: FamousSerial Killer
Spontaneous Everyday Visions • Are everyday people’s visions more accurate • foretelling dreams • Charles Lindberg kidnapping Study • 1300 dream reports submitted • 5% reported the child was dead • 4% reported where the child’s body would be found • People have offered money for people to prove that they have these powers. ($f0,000 to be precise) Nostradamus, 16th Century psychic in a unguarded moment explained that his prophecies “could not possibly be understood till they were interpreted after the event & by it”