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« Topic Start: November 19, 2008, 04:27:11 pm »

First off I placed this question here because I could not find a place that seemed appropriate. Forgive my ignorance if I made an error.

There has been a question that has been gnawing at my mind for a long time, it has to do with so-called "psychic abilities".

What point is there to developing any such abilities? For what purpose does it really serve? Is it just for personal fun? In a world that is highly industrialized and driven by science, what end does any ability serve? To whom?

I have to admit at times I was slightly interested in "telekinesis" but then the thought struck me, why? After I learned, for example, to move a pencil or some other object, what then? How is it even remotely applicable to my life?

I may or may not have "abilities", some supposedly psychic and others are not, but then I realized that 99.99% of it is useless to me; it can never be used meaningfully so why would I expend energy developing something that cannot be implemented in any way that resembles "useful".

I apologize if I sound coarse or inflamatory but I have seen numerous sites discussing "psychic" abilities and how to develop them but not one ever addressed the most important issue...why?

I simply do not understand what purpose thes things have aside from amusing friends and/or showing off as this seems to be a predominant attitude.

Thank you for the time...I really would like to know if these things really serve any purpose.

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« Reply #1: November 19, 2008, 04:46:39 pm »


The only reason why I would even try to do develop psychic abilities is just to see if it's possible.  I don't see any use for telekinesis either unless it's strong enough to throw heavy/deadly objects at people who annoy me.  I would love to have precognitive abilities and use them to win the lottery, but that's not likely to happen as those who claim to have this ability haven't done so.

I think the only psychic ability that could have some practical use is mind reading and only because it would help one to decide who can be trusted.  Plus it would freak people out.  Now that I think about it, being able to communicate with the dead could be kinda cool.
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« Reply #2: November 19, 2008, 04:53:12 pm »


I think the only psychic ability that could have some practical use is mind reading and only because it would help one to decide who can be trusted.  Plus it would freak people out.  Now that I think about it, being able to communicate with the dead could be kinda cool.

Well, telepathy and empathy are (in my not so humble opinion) not 'psychic' at all.
Everybody is more or less gifted with these, but most of us learn to ignore and silence them.
Telepathy might not be like 'Prof. Xavier' - but you can receive a lot by just 'listening' - it can be startling accurate in judging people once you allow your day-time modus to receive the subconsciously collected informations.
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« Reply #3: November 19, 2008, 04:58:14 pm »


I see. That is the most compelling reason; because it is "cool". Got it. Thank you
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« Reply #4: November 19, 2008, 05:06:10 pm »

I see. That is the most compelling reason; because it is "cool". Got it. Thank you

I think there a lot of things we learn to do because they are "cool" that have no particular usefulness, not just psychic abilities. 
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« Reply #5: November 19, 2008, 05:09:46 pm »

What point is there to developing any such abilities? For what purpose does it really serve? Is it just for personal fun? In a world that is highly industrialized and driven by science, what end does any ability serve? To whom?

Dowsing is useful for finding things -- like where the pipes are in your yard.
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« Reply #6: November 19, 2008, 05:11:09 pm »

I think there a lot of things we learn to do because they are "cool" that have no particular usefulness, not just psychic abilities. 
Memorizing pi to the nth decimal place.  Solving a rubix cube in 20 seconds.  Smashing beer cans on our head.

So basically you are confirming what I have long suspected; that beyond general "intuition" used for survival, psychic abilities are pretty much a waste of time. Thank you
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« Reply #7: November 19, 2008, 05:13:08 pm »

I think there a lot of things we learn to do because they are "cool" that have no particular usefulness, not just psychic abilities. 
Memorizing pi to the nth decimal place.  Solving a rubix cube in 20 seconds.  Smashing beer cans on our head.

Hell, everyone has hobbies that pertains to something they think is cool.
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« Reply #8: November 19, 2008, 05:15:33 pm »

Dowsing is useful for finding things -- like where the pipes are in your yard.

Can't you just contact the city for that?

Anyway..thanks everyone for the honest answers. I appreciate it. I have suspected that just because one may have an ability doesn't mean one must develop it; questions must be asked regarding to whom and what end it serves beyond personal amusement. Thanks.
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« Reply #9: November 19, 2008, 05:18:19 pm »

Hell, everyone has hobbies that pertains to something they think is cool.

Maybe. But is it useful?? Wink
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« Reply #10: November 19, 2008, 05:18:46 pm »

Can't you just contact the city for that?

Sometimes, but some (non-Pagan) friends of mine used to use it for locating pipes and electrical conduit at the power plans they worked at because the plans often were not a good match for reality.
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« Reply #11: November 19, 2008, 05:23:31 pm »


I hear a good quality metal detector can do wonders. I wonder if an ohm meter or something works better?
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« Reply #12: November 19, 2008, 05:33:34 pm »

Maybe. But is it useful?? Wink

Depends really.  If someone collects stamps or coins there isn't much use except for possible monetary value in the future.  My hobbies are researching subjects such as history and abnormal psychology which, as a writer, is filled with usefulness Cheesy
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« Reply #13: November 19, 2008, 05:39:39 pm »


I see.  But on the issue of psychic abilities, I have often wondered why anyone would develop them, especially in a world that has no use for them much less even recognize or acknowledge them.

But there is an angle that I suspect I am not perceiving adequately and I need some more insight. Interesting.
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« Reply #14: November 19, 2008, 07:41:25 pm »

But there is an angle that I suspect I am not perceiving adequately and I need some more insight. Interesting.

Depends on what you define as 'psychic abilities' too.  Intuition, I feel, can be useful by giving one information they wouldn't normally have. For example, you use your intuition to discern which way to drive to work.  You think, "oh I should probably take the surface streets" but take the highway instead because it's faster.  There is an accident and you are stuck in traffic and late for work.  Had you listened to your intuition, you'd have been to work on time. 

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