Many intellectuals lazily proclaim that there is no scientific evidence for psychic abilities without looking at the facts.
By Freelance Writer, Sally Perkins
The Empirical Evidence
There is convincing evidence of psychic abilities provided by a long list of empirical studies. For instance, in 2011, Daryl Bem published a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that featured nine experiments with over 1,000 subjects. Significant statistical evidence for premonition and precognition were found in eight of the experiments. Bem’s results caused a huge commotion since they were published in one of the most respected academic journals around. Yet, his results were successfully replicated time and again.
The Quantum Physical Evidence
Materialists believe that telepathy and other similar phenomena go against the laws of physics and therefore cannot exist. We would need to revise our understanding of how the universe works completely if psychic phenomena existed, they argue. This may be true for macrocosmic, Newtonian physics, but telepathy is entirely possible under microcosmic quantum physics. For instance, quantum entanglement is a phenomenon in which particles that are seemingly separate are interconnected and react to each other’s movements.
The Philosophical Evidence
Materialist scientists would have us believe that our current vision of reality is objective and fairly reliable. They claim that the world is roughly the same as we perceive it to be. Therefore, there are no phenomena, natural laws, or forces that we are not aware of. This is simply arrogant and foolish. From ants to humans, every animal is limited in its awareness of reality. For example, we are aware of the concept of death and time, whereas ants are not. And, though it may appear that we are much more “enlightened” than ants, it is highly unlikely our understanding of reality is complete.
The Anecdotal Evidence
Anecdotal evidence is generally ignored by scientists. And, it should not be used as “proof.” Yet, when used in conjunction with more solid evidence (see above), it can serve as an excellent supporting argument. This is especially true when it comes to psychic abilities. You do not have to look far to find reports of psychic experiences. It is hard to explain away reports of precognition, clairvoyance, and telepathy that are well-documented in different cultures throughout history.
So, what is the answer?
All the evidence, whether it is scientific, philosophical or anecdotal points to one thing – that there is vastly more to the world around us than we realize. It is false logic to conclude that just because we cannot understand psychic abilities, that means they do not exist. Ultimately it is a question of when, not if, the secrets will be unlocked to us.