By Richard Wilkins
Psychic abilities of one sort or another are common in people from all cultures, races, locations, and even ages and genders. Psychic power tests have been developed to help understand these abilities, and identify people who portray them. There are four main groupings of psychic talents, namely, they are clairvoyance, psychokinesis (telekinesis), precognition, and telepathy. There are psychic power tests for each of these fields, as we are about to see.
Clairvoyance is when a person is able to discern information without using the 5 traditional senses. Some people who are able to do this are admiringly known as psychic bloodhounds. Psychic power tests have been conducted on this phenomenon many times. The largest and longest of these particular psychic power tests were conducted by the United States government, and ended in 1995. Essentially, the subjects were asked to relate an event happening concurrently in another place, or otherwise identify objects or locations without any previous knowledge of them, or even contact with other people who had the knowledge. The conclusion was that the success rate was higher than should be possible from random selection. Critics, in an attempt to detract from this finding, put forth that in any such psychic power tests, information may be passed on inadvertently, citing a scientific theory known as Observer Effect. More practical scientists point out, however, that the Observer effect introduces a paradox into all scientific inquiry, and should not be heavily relied upon.
Psychokinesis is the mental talent of moving, bending, or levitating objects. This is perhaps the rarest of mental traits, with only a handful of telekinetics ever to be identified and documented. One such person was Uri Geller, who performed spoon-bending for film and live audiences in the mid-1970's. There are very few psychic power tests for telekinesis, and most involve moving or levitating on object without any physical contact. Proponents argue that testing results are low because of the extreme rarity of person who are able to perform these feats.
Precognition is when a person is able to give details about an event that has not yet happened. Most people immediately think of Nostradamus when this field is mentioned. Some people who have demonstrated precognition explain that they are limited to only acquiring information about specific subjects, times, or places, and others glimpse brief moments and events in no given order or pattern. Precognition and clairvoyance both contribute to divination, and psychic power tests for precognition are common and widely varied.
Lastly, telepathy is when one person is able to experience or relate the thoughts of another person. This is perhaps the most widely talked about, and most common of all extrasensory phenomena, and there have been many psychic power tests devised to test its accuracy. Millions of people display at least some degree of telepathy, most of whom are either not aware they can do it, or pass the talent off as lucky guesses. There are many popular games that effectively test a person's ability to divine another person's thoughts, including such simple things as intuiting a phrase or number.
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