The Foundation for Implausible Effects

Filling the pail

I am going to ask you an important question: Do you believe in psychokinesis? If you are unfamiliar with the concept, psychokinesis means the ability for a person to alter physical systems with his or her mind. You know the sort of thing from the movies – moving a pen across a desk by thinking real hard.

Believe it or not, some people investigate concepts like psychokinesis by doing experiments and these experiments then get reported in serious journals. One approach is to see if people are able to influence the operation of a quantum-based random number generator with their minds. Because the effect that would be needed to skew the output of such a number generator in this way is very small, the alleged phenomenon is known as ‘micro-psychokinesis’.

A paper by Maier et al. from March this year attempted to establish, once and for all…

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