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Psionics

Psionics is a blanket term used to describe alleged psychic effects such as telepathy, psychokinesis, pyrokinesis and others.[1] Parapsychology, a pseudoscience that began around 1889, aims to study psionics and other supernatural claims.[2] There is no scientific evidence that psionic abilities exist.[3]

John W. Campbell, an editor of a science fiction magazine, became enthused about fringe science,[4] and according to The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, he went on to define psionics as "Engineering applied to the mind".[5] His encouragement of psionics led author Murray Leinster and others to write stories such as The Psionic Mousetrap.[4]

The term comes from psi ('psyche') and the -onics from electronics (machine), which implied that the paranormal powers of the mind could be made to work reliably.[1][6]

Psionic abilities appear frequently in science fiction and provide characters with abilities not found in nature.[7]

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References

  1. ^ a b Williams, William F. (2013). Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience: From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. p. 279-.  
  2. ^ Shepard, Leslie (1996). Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology (4th ed.). Detroit, Mich.:  
  3. ^ Cordón, Luis A. (2005). Popular Psychology: an Encyclopedia. Wesport (Conn.): Greenwood. p. 182.  
  4. ^ a b Westfahl, Gary (2005). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Westport, Conn. [u.a.]: Greenwood Press.  
  5. ^ Bould, Mark (2011). The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (Paperback ed.). London: Routledge. p. 410.  
  6. ^ "Online Etymology Dictionary". Etymonline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Poul (1981). Fantasy (1st ed.). [S.l.]: Tom Doherty Associates. p. 270.  
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