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What is a Psychic?

A psychic is a person who claims to employ extrasensory perception (ESP) to detect information not visible to the naked eye, such as telepathy or clairvoyance, or who performs acts that appear to defy natural law, such as psychokinesis or apportation. Despite the fact that many individuals believe in psychic abilities, scientists agree that there is no proof of their existence, classifying the practise as pseudoscience. The adjective “psychic” is also used to characterise such talents. Psychics are people who play a number of roles. Some are theatrical artists, such as stage magicians, who employ various techniques to create the impression of such skills for entertainment purposes, such as prestidigitation, cold reading, and hot reading. People who represent themselves as psychics provide advise and counsel to clients, which has grown into a significant industry and network. Edgar Cayce, Ingo Swann, Peter Hurkos, Janet Lee, Jose Ortiz El Samaritano, Miss Cleo, John Edward, Sylvia Browne, and Tyler Henry are some well-known psychics. Psychic investigators claim psychic abilities, as do practitioners of psychic archaeology and even psychic surgery. Psychic abilities have been blamed on deception or self-deception by critics. The National Academy of Sciences of the United States issued a report on the subject in 1988, concluding that there is “no scientific justification for the existence of parapsychological phenomena based on research conducted over a 130-year period.” A recent study attempted to replicate parapsychological studies that appeared to demonstrate the presence of precognition. Attempts to replicate the results, which included taking a memory test to see if post-test knowledge affected the results, “failed to create substantial effects” and so “do not support the existence of psychic ability.” Psychics appear in science fiction and fantasy stories from time to time. The Star Wars franchise, which has “Force-sensitive” people that can see into the future and move items telekinetically, as well as Dungeons & Dragons and some of Stephen King’s writings, are just a few examples of fiction containing characters with psychic abilities.


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