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Mind over Matter Telekinesis

Psychokinesis (from the Greek, “psyche”, meaning mind, soul, spirit, heart, or breath; and , “kinesis”, meaning motion, movement; literally “mind-movement”), also referred to as telekinesis (Greek , literally “distant-movement”) with respect to strictly describing mental movement or motion of solid matter, abbreviated as PK and TK respectively, is a term coined by publisher Henry Holt to refer to the direct influence of mind on a physical system that cannot be entirely accounted for by the mediation of any known physical energy. Examples of psychokinesis could include distorting or moving an object, and influencing the output of a random number generator. The study of phenomena said to be psychokinetic is part of parapsychology. Some psychokinesis researchers claim psychokinesis exists and deserves further study, although the focus of research has shifted away from large-scale phenomena to attempts to influence dice and then to random number generators. In September 2006, a survey about belief in various religious and paranormal topics conducted by phone and mail-in questionnaire polled Americans on their belief in telekinesis. Of these participants, 28% of male participants and 31% of female participants selected “agree” or “strongly agree” with the statement “It is possible to influence the world through the mind alone”.

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