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Offline annie123

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Psychic abilities - could these be a mutation?
« on: 02/05/2010 00:21:09 »
Has anyone done any work on finding out if people with so called psychic abilities - or additional sensory abilities - have  any genes that are different from the norm? Could a gene mutation be responsible for people experiencing things different from the norm, just as bees can see ultra violet or some people see sounds etc? if so, could we be evolving this ability or addition to our regular sensory repertoire? If particles in quantum mechanics can have sense experiences we don't normally have, is this an indication that we could eventually experience them on a macro rather than micro scale?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 03/05/2010 13:03:08 »
There are no such people recognised by mainstream science as "someone with psychic abilities". If there were, they would be really rich by now. (See details here).
There are some evidence in parapsycholgical research on ESP (extra sensory perception) and precognition, but these effects are so small that it can only be shown by statistical methods.
There are some evolutionary theories on para phenomenon, but no real findings yet. To be honest, there are many evolutionary theories in normal psychology and even those can't really be tested properly as fossils don't really contain psychological information. So you can imagine that testing a claim about the evolutionary basis of ESP would be even harder as ESP abilities are controversial themselves.
Till than if you are interested in human evolutionary engineering, I'd suggest the linked literature from Frank Herbert.
If by the sense experiences of quantum particles you are referring to the Penrose-Hameroff model of consciousness, that's only a pretty but unconfirmed (and in some views ultimately unconfirmable) hypothesis, there are no evidence that quantum states or quantum collapse would be closely associated with our conscious experience.
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Psychic abilities - could these be a mutation?
« Reply #2 on: 03/05/2010 17:14:01 »
If any sort of "psychic ability" was a heritable trait then evolution would have made it common millennia ago.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 12/05/2010 07:41:53 »
Thanks for the replies.Food for thought.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 23/09/2010 00:08:09 »
If any group of people should be tested I would suggest the Australian Aborigine.
The ones who have kept to traditional ways seem to have an amazing ability that we call Phsycic ability.

others may call it 'Gut Feeling'

Tha ability of the ancient Aborigine to communicate with their clan over vast distances without written word or other communications is amazing.
« Last Edit: 23/09/2010 00:11:29 by echochartruse »
 

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