What is mind-matter interaction (MMI)?
Mind-matter interaction, sometimes called psychokinesis (PK) and once known as telekinesis, is
the ability of the mind to influence matter. Examples of PK include
metal-bending, poltergeist phenomena, teleportation, psychic photography, and
anomalous healing. Rhine did the original studies on PK with dice after a
gambler claimed he had the ability to control which face landed up. RNGs and
REGs (random event generators) improved the true randomness of events -- a
crucial factor since the only way to determine whether anything had occurred was
by comparing it to random chance. Any result away from random chance was
considered normal -- whether something occurred far too often or not nearly
Mind-matter interaction is typically subdivided into one of two rather fuzzy
categories: macro-PK or micro-PK. Micro-PK targets that require statistics to know
whether you have been successful or not. Typically things that occur on
an atomic or sub-atomic scale, such as random number generators, but can
also include things like dice. Macro-PK involves targets that are big
enough to see with the naked eye and do not require statistics to know whether
mind-matter interaction has happened. What makes these categories
problematic, is that some targets, like dice or some instances of metal
bending, can be considered both macro and micro-PK. This can be rather
confusing. Likewise, random number
generator and random event generator research, which are very popular as
they are easy to do with computers, could represent ESP or mind-matter interaction--and it may be
impossible to tell which, if not both, is/are responsible for the results.br>
Mind-matter interactions can include such things
- ANOMALOUS HEALING: apparent psychic healing which may involve psychic surgery.
- BILOCATION: the apparent ability of a body
to be in two locations at the same time (multilocation involves being
simultaneously in more than two locations).
- FIRE IMMUNITY: the alleged ability to come into contact with fire or red-hot coals
without being burned. Popular at motivational events.
- HEMOGRAPHY: the paranormal patterning of
bloodstains on cloth to make meaningful words or symbols.
- INSTRUMENTAL TRANSCOMMUNICATION: the purported communication by
discarnate or extraterrestrial beings through an assortment of
electronic devices, which may depend at least partly on the mediumship
of human operators. It includes electronic voice phenomena (EVPs) on
audiotape and videotape.
- LEVITATION: the paranormal suspension of a
being or object off the ground, which may sometimes involve flying.
- MATERIALIZATION: producing an object from
what appears to be nowhere.
- METAL BENDING: the paranormal ability to soften or bend metal, sometimes associated
with the ability to teleport and stress. It was popularized by Uri
Gellar with spoon-bending.
- POLTERGEIST PHENOMENA: human
stress-related PK including raps, the production of lights, object movement,
and a host of other activities.
- STIGMATA: the paranormal or miraculous production of marks on the body which
in Christians mimic the wounds of Christ and in Muslims mimics those of
- TELEPORTATION: the paranormal ability of a
person to move from one location to another or through objects.
- THOUGHTOGRAPHY (also called psychic photography): the projected of mental images
onto film, photographic plates, or digital media.
- WEATHER CONTROL: the paranormal ability to affect the weather.
Many people who
accept ESP have trouble accepting MMI. Some of their problem
may relate to the fact that if our thoughts and feelings are able to
directly impact the world around us, then we have to accept responsibility
for that. This is a pretty scary notion for most folks.
research in the laboratory was originally focused on using dice as targets,
computer games are a more popular method today because a large database can
be built up quickly and easily. There has also been an increase of
mainstream interest in the effectiveness of anomalous healing, with some
well-designed studies on psychic healers appearing in medical journals.
MMI doesn't have to be done solo. Often, in séances and table-tipping parties,
it is done as a group. This seems to be helpful, whether individuals are
trying on their own to bend spoons, but are surrounded by others trying to do
the same, or whether they are working together. The following covers a few basic
questions about mind-matter interaction.
Finally, there is some controversy in Parapsychology as to whether RNGs and REGs measure
MMI at all, but could be just as well explained by ESP -- knowing the exact
moment to start your study to get the results you wish. It's called "Decision
Augmentation Theory." However, the whole issue may be mute because more and more
parapsychologist believe that MMI and ESP are not separate or distinct at all.
Recent studies suggest they occur simultaneously and are essentially
indistinguishable. Thus, it may be better to simply call them all "psi"
phenomena. So, eventually the terms MMI and ESP may be meaningless.
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