Psychokinesis (PK)
Since the beginning of time occurrences of psychokinesis has been recorded. The term itself is taken from the two Greek words psyche (“breath”, “life”, or “soul”) and kinein
(“to move”.) Psychokinesis is a technique of mind over matter such as moving objects, bending metal objects, or knowing the outcome of future events, all with ones mind.
Such occurrences of PK have been found in the Bible and have also been recorded from people throughout the ages. One such incident is of D.D. Holmes, who lived during the 19th century, who was known to levitate. Another is Nina Kulagina, who could alter the course of objects in motion, leave impressions on photograph, and she was even seen affecting the heart of a frog. She changed the heart rate and also stopped the heart and started it again. There are also pictures of her levitating objects. Researchers have not proven some of these occurrences to be fraud and also have not found a direct cause of PK. Many researchers believe that psychokinesis falls in the category of quantum physics. Dennis Over bye believes that psychokinesis belongs in this category because, “the world has less to do with reality than with our perception of that reality.”  It has been determined that psychokinesis occurs within necessary conditions and with patterns, but these patterns have not applied to all circumstances. J. B. Rhine, an American parapsychologist at Duke University conducted an experiment with a gambler who claimed that he could predict the outcome of the fall of the dice. His results concluded that PK “doesn’t seem to connect with any physical process of the brain, or to be subject to any of the mechanical laws of physics.” To J. P. Rhine, pyschokinesis was a nonphysical force of the mind that cannot be explained by any laws of physics. Rhine’s experiments and research lead to other studies. One physicist, Helmut Schmidt found PK in animals as well as humans.
Other types of psychokinesis have been researched and have been thought of with skepticism. One such activity is of poltergeists, such as flying objects, breaking of dishes, and unexplained sounds. These activities are normally associated with children or young adults.
Although the evidence of truth to psychokinesis is insignificant at this point in time, it is believed that one day psychokinesis with be proven to be a reality. “When you focus your mind on a physical device, some aspect of yourself becomes identical with some piece of matter,” states Albert Einstein, implying the partial reality of psychokinesis.
Works Cited
“Psychokinesis” http://theskepticistdictionary.html
“Psychokinesis: Studies & History.”
“What is Pyschokinesis?”
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