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Psychokinesis, sometimes known as telekinesis, is one of the forms of study for parapsychology that is still extremely controversial and has yet to have any scientific evidence that it actually exists. Study of this type of activity dates back to the 1800's. Psychokinesis is still actively being studied and seen in pop culture today. Many of us have seen acts of psychokinesis portrayed in the movies ranging from Carrie to the more recent, Men Who Stare at Goats. There are also self-proclaimed "psychics," that try to convince us that they have the capabilities of manipulating matter with their minds. One such famous pro-claimer many are familiar with, Uri Geller. Known most for his ability to bend spoons with his mind. It then leads us to discuss the reasoning why after all this time there are still skeptics and believers of this paranormal activity.

In the 19th Century, psychokinesis was known of but not studied or experimented with until the 1930's. It was the famous author, Henry Holt, that coined the term "psychokinesis" and then parapsychologist, J.B. Rhine, who is known as "the father of parapsychology", began researching the activity heavily. Dice were often used in his experiments but many argued on the validity of his results. Through time, several more researchers became more focused on the study. PK eventually was separated into two different categories, Macro-PK, which was observable events, and micro-PK, was weak effects that could not be observed by the human eye. Researchers focused on the latter category and began to create experiments created by event generators. Physicist, Helmut Schmidt, created one of the first generators. This was an electronic coin flipper. In the 1960's, the study became increasingly more popular. The year 1968 brought forth the subject, Nina Kulagina. Scientist observed Nina altering the movement of an object already in motion, changing a photograph, and changed the heartbeat of a frog. There have been numerous other...
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