ESP: The Sixth Sense Josef, Debbie, Sara, Ainura

ESP

ESP is the acronym and commonly spoken form for ExtraSensory Perception. This refers to a phenomenon in which a person receives sensory input directly to the mind, without utilizing the traditional five senses. ESP can include multiple phenomena including telepathy (mind-reading), precognition (future sight), clairvoyance (viewing a distant location), retrocogniton (seeing past events one did not witness) and non-ocular vision (seeing covered objects and/or with eyes closed). Scientific authority currently rejects the existence of ESP, though research into it is ongoing in several fields. As such, there is no conclusive evidence that ESP or any phenomena related to it actually exists, as claims are often based on anecdotal evidence and controlled tests most often fail to document any indication of ESP and are nigh impossible to accurately reproduce. Since the existence of the sense has not been proven, no theories or models exist on how it might work. However, if ESP does exist, the logical method for it to work would be for the brain or some unclassified sensory organ to receive some form of outside input that cannot be detected by the other five senses or any of our current technology. The fact that only a small number of people claim to possess ESP indicates that if it is real, the sense could be recessive, the result of rare mutation, a learned or born ability or any number of other things. The field of parapsychology is devoted to the study of paranormal psychic phenomena, ESP among them. Individuals who claim to possess and use ESP are often referred to as Telepaths, Psychics, Mentalists, Fortune-Tellers or Clairvoyants



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