Artist conception of alleged spontaneous psychokinesis from 1911 French magazine La Vie Mysterieuse. PK experiments have historically been criticized for lack of proper controls and repeatability. Furthermore, some experiments have created illusions of PK where none exists, and these illusions depend to an extent on the subject's prior belief in PK. Etymology The word psychokinesis, a portmanteau of the Greek language words ψυχή ("psyche"), meaning mind, soul, spirit, or breath; and κίνησις ("kinesis"), meaning motion, movement, was coined in 1914 by American author Henry Holt in his book On the Cosmic Relations. The term was later adopted by American parapsychologist J. B. Rhine in 1934 in connection with experiments that were conducted to determine if a person could influence the outcome of falling dice. Belief Notable claimants of psychokinetic ability There have been claimants of psychokinetic ability throughout history.
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