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Psi, or paranormal may simply be illusory

Many people believe in the reality of paranormal perceptions such as telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis. Indeed many websites such as Skeptiko, the blog of Michael Prescott, and the books of Dean Radin, and countless others assume that the reality of Psi has been proven again and again.

Nonetheless this is not quite true. Psi and the paranormal have been intensively investigated since the founding of the Society for Psychical Research in England in 1882, and the Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory in 1935. Yet for practical purposes, most of the world parapsychology remains a fringe popular belief with no practical applications. Indeed, if it exists, it is one of the strangest of human abilities -- practice normally makes people better at any ability, but practice and continuous use of psi abilities actually causes a reduction of psi abilities!

Contrast the start of serious psi research during 1882 to that of the demonstration of radio waves by Heinrich Hertz during 1886. The use of radio wave apparatus is now so ubiquitous, we cannot miss things like mobile telephones, microwave ovens, radio, television, etc, etc.

The contrast is enormous. Psi must first be demonstrated to occur consistently, if at all, before any theories involving psi particles, quantum entanglement, trans-dimensional tachyonic quantum flapdoodle can be proposed.

The book "Anesthesia & the Soul" discusses this problem in detail, coming to the conclusion that if such information transfer, or abilities exist, that they will have properties, and be very different to what has been investigated until this time.

Many people believe in the reality of paranormal perceptions such as telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis. Indeed many websites such as Skeptiko, the blog of Michael Prescott, and the books of Dean Radin, and countless others assume that the reality of Psi has been proven again and again. Nonetheless this is not quite true. Psi and the paranormal have been intensively investigated since the founding of the Society for Psychical Research in England in 1882, and the Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory in 1935. Yet for practical purposes, most of the world parapsychology remains a fringe popular belief with no practical applications. Indeed, if it exists, it is one of the strangest of human abilities -- practice normally makes people better at any ability, but practice and continuous use of psi abilities actually causes a reduction of psi abilities! Contrast the start of serious psi research during 1882 to that of the demonstration of radio waves by Heinrich Hertz during 1886. The use of radio wave apparatus is now so ubiquitous, we cannot miss things like mobile telephones, microwave ovens, radio, television, etc, etc. The contrast is enormous. Psi must first be demonstrated to occur consistently, if at all, before any theories involving psi particles, quantum entanglement, trans-dimensional tachyonic quantum flapdoodle can be proposed. The book "Anesthesia & the Soul" discusses this problem in detail, coming to the conclusion that if such information transfer, or abilities exist, that they will have properties, and be very different to what has been investigated until this time.
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