The Parapsychology Of Telepathy Essay

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Telepathy describes the paranormal transfer of information concerning thoughts, feelings or actions between conscious individuals by means other than the five classical senses (Carroll, Todd). A person who is capable of utilizing telepathy is proposed to be efficient in reading the minds of other beings. The Parapsychological Association suggests that telepathy, along with psychokinesis forms the leading divisions of parapsychological research. Within the field of parapsychology, telepathy is considered to be a form of extra-sensory perception or anomalous cognition. There is a consensus among parapsychologists that some instances of telepathy are real (Parapsychological Association). Skeptics suggest that instances of evident telepathy can be rendered as a result of deception or self-delusion and that telepathy does not exist as a paranormal power (Carroll). Parapsychologists such as Dean Radin, president of the Parapsychological Association, argue that the statistical significance and consistency of results shown by a meta-analysis of numerous studies provides evidence for the existence of telepathy that is almost impossible to account for using any other means (Radin). Half of the population questioned has admitted to believe in the existence of telepathy, while the other half believes it to be merely a coincidence to perceive other’s thoughts. The claim that parapsychology is a real science excites some and annoys others. Dr Robert Lawrence Kuhn has questioned in his book “Closer to Truth” whether parapsychology is a new science or an old fraud (Lawrence 65)? When is something too much of a coincidence to believe that there is something more to

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