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What is reality?

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Reality is the result of our perceptions as interpreted by our brain. If you don't believe it, here is the proof: A simple checkerboard consisting of black and white squares. There are no curved lines in the picture.Why do we see curved lines and what appears to be a bulge in the center of the picture? The picture elements combine to create crossed diagonal lines which interfere with our perception of the straight horizontal and vertical lines. Squint to see the diagonal lines that form a cross in the middle. If you still do not believe that there are no curved lines, take a ruler and check the edges. Even after we understand that there are no curved lines, we still see the curved lines. That is reality.

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Scientific Psychic

Scientific Psychic® is a web site dedicated to the exploration of language and the human mind with the objective of encouraging critical thinking and a healthy life style.

I frequently get asked why I chose the name Scientific Psychic for this web site, considering that it has a lot of scientific information. The answer is that when I first had to choose a permanent domain name, most of the names that I wanted were already taken. In a brainstorm of desperation, I came up with Scientific Psychic. The name sounds like an oxymoron, but it is not bad, once you get past your preconceived prejudices.

One of the reasons why the term "psychic" came into my head was because I had a brother-in-law, now deceased, who believed that he had mental powers that could physically cause another person to trip and fall, or to remotely affect the movement of objects through telekinesis. He would tell stories about some of the events that had convinced him that he had these mental powers.

I have a strong scientific background and I was highly skeptical about my brother-in-law's paranormal abilities. His strong belief in his powers was equally matched by my skepticism. As I read more about paranormal phenomena, perception, and psychology, I became more convinced that paranormal phenomena are pure fantasies and misrepresentations of reality, and I began to wonder how a person can be deceived into believing these things.

I started organizing some material that resulted in the Scientific Psychic Workbook which examines what we can perceive and the physical limits of the human body. The workbook provides some criteria for evaluating perceptions objectively and for analyzing and organizing the information that we perceive.


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