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Have you ever observed an event for which the only explanation that made any sense was psychokinesis?

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I have. I used to know someone around whom psychokinetic events occurred and on more than one occasion they caused things to happen at a distance as well. It was scary as all get out. I've known of occasions where stuff seemed to happen because someone got angry or something but this person had some control over it.
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So doesn't where you attempt to take this completely fail to take into account or discount quantum phenomena? As to the specific of when Randi may have said this, sorry I don't know. I just remember reading randomly an interview or conversation that someone was having with him when they asked him about spontaneous events in houses etc., and I believe it was he at any rate, certainly someone from the same school of thought, who said "oh, that's just poltergeist activity". As if that were an explanation in itself as well as an accepted phenomenon. Actually I remember thinking what a lame attempt to deflect or avoid the question. Anyway, to each his own opinion. I too completely doubted, nay disbelieved any of this for many many years. The only thing which over came my skepticism was some very unusual experiences which recurred repeatedly. I almost wish I could be skeptical or completely cynical again.

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Celini54 I beg to differ. Please offer some evidence where the Amazing Randi acknowledges the existence of poltergeists and psychokinetic phenomena (I don't know who Joe Nickelle is). I've been watching Randi for years, and I've NEVER heard him make such an acknowledgement. To the contrary, his approach to the topic seems as skeptical as mine -- perhaps even more so.

Please remember that, in your original question, you didn't ask whether or not psychokinesis was a POSSIBLE explanation. Rather, you asked if it was ever the ONLY sensible explanation. In my reply, I took that one step further, declaring that it was never a sensible explanation -- based upon what we currently know.

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I haven't seen or heard from friends or relatives of anyone experiencing someone with psychokinesis powers. I too would be very intrigued to see this first hand. It is very hard for people with these kinds of gifts to actually show them in a public setting, so majority of the general public will never see it. You were very lucky to have witnessed this first hand. I know the US Gov't conducts secret studies for people who have these kinds of gifts, and the public will never know. Not to mention it must be hard on the individual themselves to try and portray a normal life with such a gift.

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No, quantum phenomena don't have anything to do with psychokinesis, because that term is always applied to events at the classical level -- that is, involving objects that we can actually see. Conversely, the strangeness of quantum mechanics applies only at the sub-atomic level, with those things we can't see (at least without the help of very advanced technology).

As for what Randi may have said regarding poltergeist activity, you must remember that James Randi has a very snarky sense of humor. If he said that, it may have been his way of scoffing at the idea.

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I have never observed such a thing but I think it is certainly possible. I have read information that suggested these activities are more common around teenagers. Anyone who has ever raised a teenager will notice that their emotions at time are quite volatile. There may be some kind of connection between extreme emotions and psychokinesis.

The fascinating thing is that the human species is always developing and mutating, like all species. A thousand years from now, psychokinesis may be far more common.

Thank you for the question.

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No, I've never observed an event for which the only sensible explanation was psychokinesis, because psychokinesis is never a sensible explanation -- at least based upon what we currently know of physics and the human mind.

There are certainly events for which psychokinesis is a fanciful explanation but, inevitably, there is always another, more rational, explanation for such occurances, usually in some manner of illusion or miscomprehension.

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Bearfl57 I must take exception with what you've said as even the most skeptical of the skeptical, ie., The Amazing Randi, Joe Nickelle, etc, people who make their living claiming any and everything is false, acknowledge the existence of poltergeists and psychokinetic phenomenon. They may not like it but it is still there. An inconvenient truth as it were.

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I have never observed such an event, and if I were to, I wouldn't discount other possible causes. The cause of the effect observed may be psychokinesis, but first you must devise a repeatable experiment that produces evidence that it was the result of psychokinesis. Always keep an open mind. Don't let your expectations effect your outcomes.

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I've never experienced that but it sounds very interesting. I would love to see something like this. There was a million dollar reward for someone who can prove telekinesis or any similar abilities in a laboratory setting, you should be able to find more info on randi(dot)org. There are many others offering rewards for the samen kind of proof.

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I've never been in a situation where something like that occured.

Not saying it can't happen but no concrete evidence has surfaced yet, so I remain a sceptic when it comes to such situations. On the other hand, with 6 billion humans, who knows what could be out there?

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