Messages from the secret channels of the mind, images suddenly making their appearance to warn us about the future… What abilities of the human brain still remain hidden from scientists? Yet only a small percentage of human potential has been known after years of research and much effort.
However, at times we hear about people who have more advanced capabilities and can “see” outside and beyond the material world. They perceive things and situations without using the five known senses, they see a canvas of images of events that have not yet taken place and are just pieces of the puzzle of the Future…
What exactly is this ability, why can’t we all have it? How hard is to look beyond our world? How does it work?
The ability to see things, people and events that are going to take place in the future is called clairvoyance. The person becomes aware of these events without using the known natural sensory abilities.
Clairvoyance caused much controversy in academic circles regarding what science will accommodate this phenomenon. Eventually this responsibility fell on the parapsychology, a science that does not share the same fate with the accepted sciences. Many people call it pseudoscience and do not accept even the existence of phenomena it studies. In the same way there are many people who doubt the existence of the clairvoyant ability.
Clairvoyance is a phenomenon that falls under the category of ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) which in turn is studied by parapsychology.
The term ESP owes its birth to German researcher Dr. Rudolf Tischner, who first used it in his work Über Telepathie und Hellsehen, Experimentaltheoretische Untersuchungen: Bergmann, Munich 1920 (“Telepathy and Clairvoyance, Research in experimental stage“).
The ESP is now used to express all the parapsychological phenomena that are directly related to the operation of our senses. Instead, phenomena such as telekinesis are not included within this definition as they relate to our kinetic function.
Despite the extrasensory phenomena have never been taken in serious in scientific circles, there were researchers who tried to explain what really happens in people manifesting such abilities.
In 1930 researcher J. Rhine at Duke University in the U.S tried to introduce statistical methods for measuring the phenomena of clairvoyance, intuition and prognosis. Although many of the participants of the experiment were proved to lie, there were some who could correctly guess ESP cards in more than statistical probabilities.
But this did not seem to end the harsh criticism of the parapsychological phenomena, and other scientists such as mathematician Shannon W. Weaver denied the validity of the results.
Now, in the 21st century, the only thing we can say is that the battle between the parapsychology and the other sciences still exists. The conflict between the elasticity of perception and the rigorous rationalism will continue to concern us…
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