Telekinesis is the ability to move inanimate objects at will. Some examples include:

  • changing the direction of a compass needle,
  • moving objects in the air,
  • bending metal items, or
  • extinguishing the flame of a candle at a distance.

Among the psychic phenomena such as clairvoyance, telepathy, and others, the phenomenon of telekinesis is one of the most intriguing ones. These psychic abilities have long puzzled the human mind. They have been known to yogis, mystics of antiquity, who were believed to be able to materialize objects, move them, or lift them into the air. Do these miraculous psychic powers exist and is it possible to affect material objects without direct physical impact, according to science?

Is It Possible to Measure Telekinesis in Laboratory Settings?

Some researchers claim that the possibility of telekinesis being real could have associations with the formation of powerful physical fields (telekinesis generates a strong electromagnetic field and acoustic signals that last about 0.1-0.01 seconds).

However, even if telekinesis exists, measuring it in laboratory settings would be a challenging task. The difficulty of studying the phenomenon of telekinesis would have to do with the fact that the results of experiments would be hardly reproducible. Thus, it wouldn’t be an easy task to study telekinesis by conventional methods of modern science. People who claim they have telekinesis usually can’t explain how they do it and find it difficult to manage this condition and to reproduce it in subsequent experiments.

People who claim to be telekinetic also say that they experience extreme physical and mental stress that has tangible effects on their health. During experiments, they would experience acute brain activity, high blood pressure, and increased heart rate. Even when the experiment is over, the subject needs much time to recover and return to their normal state.

According to people who claim to have psychic abilities such as telekinesis, it often appears as a result of injury, illness, stress, or trauma. If this is true, it could hint at the hidden reserves of the human brain.

Experiments at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory

Dr. Robert G. Jahn, the head of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR), conducted a series of experiments on consciousness-related anomalous phenomena such as telekinesis, which aimed to confirm the possibility that the human mind can affect material objects.

It included thousands of experiments, which involved hundreds of men and women of all ages and professions. Subjects had to move a pendulum, placed under a transparent plastic cap. They were also asked to affect a variety of devices and liquid media, such as highly precise chronometers, lasers, electrical generators of electromagnetic radiation, and water.

As a result, some subjects did show evidence of psychic abilities, but the observed effects were too small, counting for about 0,1%. Moreover, the experiments were then criticized in the scientific literature for the flaws in experiment procedures, a lack of control series, and ethical violations.

Thus, according to psychologist C. E. M. Hansel, who assessed the results of Jahn’s experiments,

“Very little information is provided about the design of the experiment, the subjects, or the procedure adopted. Details are not given about the subjects, the times they were tested, or the precise conditions under which they were tested.”

So, unfortunately, to date, there is no confirmed scientific evidence that telekinesis exists. However, anything is possible, and it could be that future experiments may help to reveal the possibility of telekinesis.



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