Telekinesis, the ability of the mind, from a distance, to move small objects, such as atoms, molecules, grains of sand and salt, numbers on a dice or in random generators, has fascinated the world for centuries.
However, it wasn’t until the late 19th and early 20th century that a serious scientific effort was launched to study telekinesis, psychokinesis and other unexplainable paranormal phenomena in laboratories on university campuses throughout the United States and Great Britain.
For centuries, people have been fascinated by the abilities, whether fraudulent, magically entertaining, or supernatural, of some to move objects, lift people and chairs, bend spoons, predict the future, communicate with spirits, discus reincarnation and near and after-death experiences and other scientifically unexplained phenomena that have been placed under the umbrella of parapsychology.
Although many scientists had dismissed the study of paranormal phenomenon as “kook, pseudo, or fake science”, not worth the time and effort of real scientific study, there have been some scientists that have held the belief that parapsychology, particularly telekinesis, is an “embryo science” that needs more scientific experiment and that may lead to scientific development that adds to the laws of physics and quantum mechanics.
Dr. Brian Josephson, a retired physics professor at the University of Cambridge in London and a former Nobel Laureate, along with the late astrophysicist and popular author, Carl Sagan, believes there is enough scientific evidence to support the existence of some parapsychological phenomena and that scientific research should continue in these fields.
At the time of his writing, Josephson expressed the view that the quantum theory of mechanics was merging with theories of information and computation and this merger may lead to an explanation of phenomenon not understood by conventional science, such as telepathy, an area where Britain was in the forefront of research, he wrote.
According to Dr. Josephson, there was a lot of evidence of telepathy, but research papers on the subject had been rejected by the scientific community. The late Dr. Sagan, suggested there were claims in the field of parapsychology that had experimental support and deserve “serious study, as they may be true.”
One area of parapsychology that Dr. Sagan referred to as having scientific experimental promise involved telekinesis and experiments conducted at Princeton University’s Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory, PEAR, that closed its doors in 2007, after 28 years of study.
Through the years, scientists have experimented with telekenesis by attempting to control and move objects, from a distance, through the concentration of the mind on the object. This was done on large objects, macro-telekinesis, such as cars, chairs, people, washing machines, and on small objects, micro-telekinesis, grains of sand, atoms, molecules, dice and numbers.
At Princeton, Dr. Robert Jahns, the founder of the PEAR project, used a true random number generator, based on electronics and electricity and on radioactive noise, to produce a data stream that was recorded and analyzed by computer software. In Jahn’s experiment, people attempted, by focusing their minds, to change the pattern of randomly generated numbers. This experiment is similar to flipping coins and defying mathematical probability by concentrating the mind and its energy to change the outcome of the random numbers.
After using meta-analysis, a statistical technique, over a 28-year-period, Jahns found a small and consistent, but overall positive effect, that the concentration of the human mind on generated random numbers was statistically significant and that by using telekinesis, humans can alter randomly generated numbers.
Despite Jahns findings, criticized by many in the scientific community, the scientific experiments on American college campuses with paranormal phenomenon came to an end in 1988. After 130 years of scientific research, the United States National Academy of Scientists reported that there was no scientific evidence that paranormal and parapsychological phenomena exists.
Today, Great Britain and 30 other countries, along with private institutions, fortune tellers and astrologists and modern practitioners of psychokinesis and telekinesis, continue experimentations and practices of paranormal abilities.