The Truth of Telekinesis

Also known as Psychokinesis, telekinesis is an alleged psychic ability according to which a person can influence an object with the power of mind alone. This mind-matter-interaction is said to manipulate and move objects without actual touching. People have shown to use their minds through some unexplained means to bend metal, transport objects from inside a sealed container to outside the container, and perform other amazing feats. However, there is no convincing evidence that Psychokinesis is a real phenomenon, and experiments have historically been critical of it. Therefore the topic is generally regarded as pseudoscience.

A panel commissioned in 1988 by the United States National Research Council to study these paranormal claims concluded that despite a 130 year record of scientific research on such matters, the committee could not find any scientific justification for the existence of such phenomena as extrasensory perception, mental telepathy or ‘mind over matter’ exercises. It was asserted that all research in sciences would become illusionary, if telekinesis is taken seriously; for no experiment could be relied upon to furnish objective results, since all measurements would become falsified to a greater or lesser degree, by the experimenter’s wishes.  So the concept of Psychokinesis was considered as absurd, having no scientific basis.

Psychokinesis and telekinesis have commonly been used as superpowers in comic books, movies, television and computer games, literature and other forms of popular culture.

However, of late, scientific experiments involving teleportation and other telekinetic abilities have been reviewed in a number of research papers say the one written by astrophysicist Dr. Eric W. Davis in 2004, titled “Teleportation Physics Study.” Matter interacts through forces which are of four different types: gravitation, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. The nuclear forces are very short-range, smaller than the diameter of an atom. Gravitation and electromagnetism are the only detectable forces that propagate over longer distances. Therefore one may think, if either gravitation or electromagnetism could be responsible for bending spoons? In the case of electromagnetism, it would be laughably easy to detect the kind of fields necessary to exert enough force to influence a spoon. The human brain is not constructed to generate or focus such fields.  Moreover this force is used on influencing magnets and circuits and not on bending spoons. In the case of gravitation, the fields are just too weak and too feeble to move objects around. Could then there be a new force, as yet undetected by modern science? Physicists are by no means closed-minded about such possibilities, rather they are very excited. But then, one also has to consider the experimental limits. And those limits show unambiguously that any such new force that might be lurking out there must either be very short-range (less than a millimeter), or much weaker than gravity, which is an awfully weak force to have readily observable effects on macroscopic objects.

However, it is admitted that science never proves anything. It only speaks in terms of probabilities and likelihoods. For example, it is not unlikely that the next asteroid that comes along may obey an inverse-cube law of gravity rather than an inverse-square one; we never know for sure. Therefore, by the same argument one can put the probability that some sort of parapsychological phenomena may turn out to be real at something (substantially) less than a billion to one. We can compare this to the well-established success of particle physics and quantum field theory.

In the unimaginably weird world of sub atomic particles, individual particles exist in many places at the same time. These particles like electrons don’t always live in any particular place, but in a sort of smear of many places, most very close to each other, some very far away. According to quantum mechanics, uncertainties and imprecision in the measurements are not the faults of the experimenter, but fundamentally inherent in nature. Another way of putting it is that some tiny packets of matter are slightly everywhere, but precisely nowhere. A bizarre phenomenon called Quantum Superposition has proven it to be true beyond a shadow of doubt. So what does Quantum Superposition have to do with telekinesis or mind over matter? The currents and electromagnetic fields exert influence on electrons, including those inside and outside our head. When that happens to an electron that occupies many spaces at the same time, it will experience what physicists call a “collapse”.

A collapse is caused by the multiple and simultaneous incarnations of that particle, occupying one particular place. And that “place” can be inside our brain, somewhere in the room we are sitting in, or 14 billion light years away on the far side of the universe. Quantum Physics tells us that it is the act of observing an object (events, conditions and circumstances) that causes it to be there and the outcome is based only on how we observe it. Intense conscious attention and focus on objects is an expression of energy in motion from one form to the other.  Our brain is comprised of a tight network of nerve cells, all interacting with one another and generating an overall electrical field. This electric field is detectable with standard medical equipment. The brain waves are simply the superposition of the multitude of electrical states being formed by our nervous system.

Not only our brain, but our entire body has an electric field. Anywhere there’s a nerve cell, there’s electricity. It’s just concentrated the greatest around the head because that’s where the bulk of nerve cells are. Any time we have felt the shock of static electricity, or used a touch-sensitive screen, has proven that we have an electric field. Our thoughts are formed in this electric field. These are the electrical impulses that can be measured if a few wires are hooked up between the head and a machine. So thoughts are energy, the same as everything else.

Thus all those same weird things about quantum mechanics that describe how an electron or photon behave, applies to our thoughts as well. The one difference between us and a photon is that we can think and we are conscious. As such, we can choose which of the possibilities before us to collapse our wave function into. But more than that, since we are entangled with our environment we can thus affect that as well and influence the randomness, just as it can influence us.

Our minds are transceivers, able to receive and send signals into the “quantum soup” of the zero point field by way of the highly coherent frequencies of our thoughts.