Which theory could explain PSI?

Discussion in 'Pseudoscience Archive' started by darryl, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. darryl

    darryl Banned

    To those who are open to PSI existing. Which theory do you believe may explain PSI (paranormal phenomena) such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experiences or apparitions etc?

    John Beloff a well known parapsychologist concluded that PSI occurs becuase of dualism ie the mind and brain are separate. Amit Goswami however in his book “The Self-Aware Universe”, lists some studies on quantum physics that may lead to an explanation of psi that agrees with the theory of a nonphysical and conceptual world. He explains that in quantum physics, objects are not seen as definite things. Instead, objects are possibilities, viewed as something called “possibility waves”. Of course his interpretation due to his research in quantum physics has lead him to formulate idealistic monism, that only consciousness exists in the universe and everything is part of it, he argues against dualism and materialism.

    Others however have disagreed and put forward physical and materialistic theories to try and explain PSI.

    Michael Persinger claims that much of paranormal phenomena can be explained by low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic waves.

    Brian Josephson has claimed that the explanation of PSI may be found in quantum physics. Gerald Feinberg's concept of a tachyon, a theoretical particle that travels faster than the speed of light has been advocated by some parapsychologists who claim that it could explain some PSI phenomena.

    Charles Tart however believes PSI is completey non-physical and does not operate to material laws.

    There are many theories which try and explain PSI. Which one do you advocate and why? If any?
  2. origin

    origin Howdy

    Quantum harmonics from dark energy resonance. That, or people are just deluding themselves.;)
  3. spidergoat

    spidergoat alien lie form

    Near death experiences can be explained by the DMT produced in the pineal gland during high stress situations as well as oxygen deprivation and the effects of anesthesia. I'm certainly open to these things existing, but it would be premature to develop a theory about them because they haven't been shown to exist.
  4. wlminex

    wlminex Banned

    Origin . . . I agree with your first option (sentence) . . . (just for James' sake . . . don't add IMO!!) (<-- humor here, James)
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  5. Search & Destroy

    Search & Destroy Take one bite at a time

    Bah. I applaud your strength. But remember this is a science forum. Back-up your big claims. It's cool you are bringing this to light - but give us a link, or something to work off of.
  6. darryl

    darryl Banned

    My big claims? Where did I state that I even believe in any of these? I am just reporting what certain scientists have said and wanted to know what others think about them.

    The tachyon is a particle which can travel faster than light, some of these authors have claimed it can travel backwards in time and may be able to carry psi data. The problem with this is, is that the tachyon has yet to be discovered it is still a hypothetical particle.
  7. Arioch

    Arioch Valued Senior Member

    What he "forgets" to mention, then, is that "objects" in quantum physics are tiny. And by tiny I mean minuscule in the ultimate sense of the word. At larger sizes the wave functions collapse to represent the most plausible trajectory and form, hence why people can't just walk through walls by "borrowing" energy from atoms around them.
  8. Crunchy Cat

    Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!!

    To have a theory you first need to have a phenomenon to study. To date, there is no known paranormal phenomenon to study. In other words, there is no theory that can explain something that hasn't been shown to exist.
  9. darryl

    darryl Banned

    I am not sure what you are saying here, no known paranormal phenomenon to study? For a start theres scientists at this very moment (lets call them parapsychologists) in many countries trying to test and prove ESP in the lab or produce psychokinesis, these experiments have been going on atleast since the 50s. Theres also more mainstream stuff like the work of Rupert Sheldrake trying to test telepathy in people and animals.

    Every year theres 1000s if not millions of reports of ghost, apparition sightings. "Ghost hunters" as they are called investigate this phenomena with EMF meters and other devices.

    Theres also serious studies which have been taken in OBE out of body experiences, astral projection, clairvoyance and precognition.

    Now even if you believe all of these things are psychological ie hallucination, illusion, wishful thinking and or delusion - then there is still something to study. So your point about there being no paranormal phenomenon to study makes no sense at all. People are studying this stuff everyday, and more importantly millions of people are experiecing what they term the "paranormal", according to statistics based on reports more than 50% of people will have a "paranormal" experience once in their life.
  10. Ellis

    Ellis Registered Senior Member

    Hi Darryl, parapsychologists are not scientists. Eye witness accounts of phenomena are not credible. Any "serious" studies have never measured any definable elements of PSI. There are zero experiments available to reproduce PSI claims. It is however, a very popular sector of science fiction which most all of us enjoy to some degree. You will be a lot further ahead if you first look into what is actually involved with legitimate scientific method and stay away from sources of information that do not employ it.
  11. Arioch

    Arioch Valued Senior Member

    @darryl --

    And exactly how many of those "phenomena" you mention don't have naturalistic explanations? That's right, none of them.
  12. Crunchy Cat

    Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!!


    Science tends to only test for the existence of phenomenon when some existing model says it should be there. For example, particle physics predicts the existence of the Higgs Boson and scientists are testing for its existence.

    The paranormal isn't part of any science models. People do test for it and here is why. The paranormal is a set of very attractive ideas. Who wouldn't want telekenesis or to maintain consciousness after death? In other words, people are spinning their wheels trying to test for the existence of the paranormal (and they will continue to do so) simply because they love the idea of the paranormal.

    There are more reports of external paranormal phenomenon than cops using excessive force, yet we seem to catch cops using excessive force on video all the time (unlike the paranormal). That is something to think about.

    It would make sense that people are curious as to why the experiences happen.

    100% correct. It is a study of human psychology and neurology.

    Of course it does. Human psychology and neurology are not paranormal.

    While I don't know if that statistic is accurate, I will agree that many people have experiences they would call paranormal. I also agree that why those experiences happen gets studied.
  13. origin

    origin Howdy

    Which theory could explain PSI?

    The theory that people can delude themselves to believe anything.
  14. chimpkin

    chimpkin C'mon, get happy!

    I put all this stuff in my gray file.
    I dunno, I dunno, and I dunno.
    I still say it can be studied as a sociological phenomenon, as a cultural practice, of course.
    I imagine the majority of people have had weird stuff happen to them.
    Gray-file stuff.

    I am simply content to wait for any explanation that can't be proven to boil down the the one origin states above me.

    Why did I feel the house to be under threat for three days before a tornado almost clipped it?
    I dunno.
  15. river

    river Valued Senior Member

    there is a life force that we have not investigated

    and this life force has energy unto its self
  16. Buddha12

    Buddha12 Valued Senior Member

    What is it called since you seem to know about it?

    If it has a "energy" where does it get that from?
  17. river

    river Valued Senior Member

    life energy

    the Universe
  18. Arioch

    Arioch Valued Senior Member

    @river --

    There is? What "force" would that be?

    I use "force" in quotations because it's patently obvious that you don't mean anything akin to any scientific definition of the word.
  19. river

    river Valued Senior Member

    there is


    and what scientific investigation has investigated life as force ?
  20. Arioch

    Arioch Valued Senior Member

    @river --

    What force is there to investigate? Life is matter and energy performing a complicated dance, there's literally no need to invoke any unknown force to explain it.

    I'm still trying to ferret out what you mean by "force". Do you mean something akin to the electromagnetic force or the force of gravity? I'm pretty sure that you don't mean "force" in the sense of F=MA because that just wouldn't make any sense in relation to what you've posted, but until you clarify I'm just left guessing.

    If, as I suspect, you're talking about the difference between living and nonliving matter then we have investigated it, quite thoroughly I might add. That investigation lead to the discovery, sequencing, and manipulation of DNA. It's called "genetics", maybe you've heard of it?

    If I had to say what the biggest, but by no means only, difference between living and nonliving matter it's that living matter has mechanisms for self-replication and nonliving matter doesn't.

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