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Old 04-26-2016, 02:18 PM
Stranger On A Train Stranger On A Train is offline
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Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
Oh, and don't forget Firefly.
Wash: [about River] Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science-fiction.
ZoŽ: We live in a spaceship, dear.
Wash: So?
Psionics are a trope of science fiction to be sure, but so are many other implausible things such as interspecies breeding, teleportation, vehicles which can change direction instantaneously, artificially produced gravity that continues to work even when the ship's power and life systems are failiing, et cetera. In reality, if extrasensory perception, telekinesis, precognition, or purported psionic powers worked on some fundamental physical and heritable biological principles they would provide such an evolutionary and reproductive advantage we'd expect everyone to have them. Statistically, not a single properly conducted blind study has demonstrated psionic powers to any credible degree of confidence, and those that claim some minor degree of statistical significance (usually at the bse 50% confidence level) have almost always been later shown to have gross methodological errors. James Randi's Project Alpha (Wikipedia actually has a [URL=]good summary[URL]) thoroughly exposed methodolgoical errors in the study even by scientists who were attempting to follow objective protocols leading to false positives from obvious trickery.

There is physically no mechanism for almost all forms of so-called extrasensory perception to actually work, and no way at all for telekinesis, pyrokinesis, et cetera to be applied. Until someone can unambiguously demonstrate a clear capability to read minds or float bowling balls by the effort of will, I think the default assumption has to be that ESP and psionic powers are in the same category as cantrips and unicorns.


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