Extrasensory Perception : a Supernatural

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  • Topic: Paranormal, Parapsychology, Psychic
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Extrasensory perception or ESP is the knowledge of external objects or events without using our five basic senses. People that believe that they have a kind of ESP are people such as psychics or spiritualists that believe they can communicate with the dead (Encarta). ESP is a supernatural and is nothing of the natural world that can be explained. Most believers in the phenomena of extrasensory perception do not understand physics at all and maintain that spatial distance is irrelevant to the exercise of ESP. People often have the tendency to make psychic experiences seem unusual, out of the ordinary, special, somehow set apart, or frightening (edgarcayce.org). Skeptical people of the widespread belief in ESP find themselves having to do practically nothing. ESP supporters do most of their work for them by dipping into the sensational, proponents of ESP effectively remove all believability they might have been able to convey. If their involvement with TV psychics, mediums and spiritualists was not quite so obvious or vocal, ESP promoters might well find themselves with a willing market for their similar things and for their values( wheel.ucdavis.edu ).

Computers and other instruments have been used in the study of ESP. Most scientists do not believe that ESP exists. These scientists say that thousands of controlled studies have failed to show any evidence of psychical phenomena, and that no person has ever successfully demonstrated ESP for independent investigators(Encarta). Most sciences try to explain observable phenomena, but parapsychology tries to observe unexplainable phenomena (wheel.ucdavis.edu). The scientific method of investigation dictates that any observable results from experimentation be copied under the same sort of circumstances, and also be copied by investigators other than the original ones provided the circumstances and environment are the same (wheel.ucdavis.edu). This is the downfall of all known and described investigation into the...
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