According to a new study, it could be possible that most people have some sort of psychic powers, such as the ability to predict the future and influence events before they happen.
Sounds more like a plot of a fantasy movie, doesn’t it? Psychic powers like precognition remain a controversial topic that tends to not be taken seriously in scientific circles. Still, the human brain remains a mystery, and who knows what incredible abilities it might be hiding.
A study conducted by an American psychologist suggests that most people could have hidden psychic powers that allow them to foresee the events that are going to happen in the future.
The experiment with words
Most people, including those who believe in these kinds of phenomena, think that it is impossible to prove whether humans have psychic powers. There have been a number of experiments conducted by different scientists in different time periods, and the results have always been inconclusive and received tons of criticisms.
Now, professor Daryl Bem of Cornell University, New York, conducted nine different experiments involving more than 1000 volunteers. The scientist claims that everyone, except one person, appeared to have psychic powers (PSI), or anomalous processes of information or energy transfer.
In one of the experiments, the volunteers were asked to memorize a list of words and then to recall them. After that, they were given a random set of words to type out. As a result, the volunteers recalled some words with more ease than others, which indeed were the words they were later asked to type.
For this reason, professor Bem concluded that their ability to memorize could have been affected by a future event as if the participants knew what would be asked of them in the future.
The experiment with hidden images
In another experiment, the volunteers were asked to choose between two hidden images on the computer screen, many of these images being erotic or pornographic in nature. There were no violent images, only adult consensual images of intimacy. According to Dr. Bem, each participants’ guesses had around 50% accuracy.
The really interesting part is that the tests were taken over and over again, with the accuracy rising above half. The non-erotic pictures were guessed a little less accurately, around 48%, which is primarily normal and seems more like chance.
“They have chosen the correct picture so many times that it can not be regarded as a coincidence“, claimed Dr. Bem.
There were 36 images in all, and the position of the image was randomly changing each time when the volunteers were asked to make their decision. According to Bem, this means that the test subjects could read the “intentions” of the computer.
Psychologist Joachim Krueger believes that the claim that human possesses psychic powers is ridiculous. But after studying the results of Bem’s research, he acknowledged that “frankly, everything seems to be correctly connected to each other“.
So, are the results of Bem’s experiments conclusive?
Unfortunately, the results of Bem’s experiments could not be repeated by other researchers. This leaves the room to question whether or not these results can be considered trustworthy and indicative of the possibility that psychic powers truly exist.
But Bem’s experiment is certainly an interesting one and gives hopes to the people who believe in the hidden powers of the mind and tend to think that these kinds of results are “more than just a coincidence”.
What do you think? Do you believe that there indeed are psychic powers like precognition or is it just a fantasy of the restless human mind? We would love to hear your thoughts on this controversial topic.
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