What's the difference between psychokinesis and telekinesis?

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Tom E

Psychokinesis is moving things with your mind; telekinesis is doing it at a distance. Best guess.


Telekinesis and psychokinesis actually refer to the same phenomenon. ‘Telekinesis’ is an obsolete term, and means something along the lines of ‘moving things at a distance.’ It was replaced by ‘psychokinesis’ (often abbreviated ‘PK’), which means roughly ‘moving things with the mind.’ You can think of it this way: lots of things can move other things at a distance; plus, the phenomenon referred to didn’t always mean moving things far away. It could also involve things in the vicinity. So it is more precise to say that the phenomenon we are dealing with here is the _mind_ moving things — whether near or far.

Nice Guy

The former is a newer more scientific sounding term for the latter.Putting lipstick on a pig so to speak.


My guess is that one of them sells books and magic show tickets better.
Actually both words refer to the same thing.
The roots mean this
Psycho – related to the mind
Tele – being at a distance
Kinesis – energy – movement


What if your mind isn’t doing it at all? What if it’s spirits making the things move? (like poltergeists)
Edit: Is Nice Guy getting political on us??


nothing. Two different terms for exactly the same thing. psychokenesis is a new term, but it means exactly the same thing.

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Psychokinesis is the ancient name of telekinesis

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he term psychokinesis (from the Greek ψυχή, “psyche”, meaning mind, soul, heart, or breath; and κίνησις, “kinesis”, meaning motion; literally “movement from the mind”),[1][2] also known as telekinesis[3] (Greek τῆλε + κίνησις, literally “distant-movement”), sometimes abbreviated PK and TK respectively, is a term coined by Henry Holt[4] to refer to the direct influence of mind on a physical system that cannot be entirely accounted for by the mediation of any known physical energy.[5] It has been called the most powerful of psychic powers, essentially the power of a god.[6] Examples of psychokinesis could include distorting or moving an object,[7] or influencing the output of a random number generator.[5][8][9]
The study of phenomena said to be psychokinetic is an aspect of parapsychology. Some paranormal researchers believe that psychokinesis exists and deserves further study, pointing to experimental results such as those done using random number generators.[10][11]
There is no scientific evidence that this phenomenon exists. Scientists have concluded that evidence supporting the existence of psychokinesis is subject to publication bias, fraud, delusion, and statistical manipulation of scientific data and cannot be experimentally repeated. Other natural phenomena have been identified as being able to explain certain claimed instances of psychokinesis.[12]
* 1 Terminology
o 1.1 Early history
o 1.2 Modern usage
* 2 Measurement and observation
o 2.1 Spontaneous effects
* 3 Umbrella term
* 4 Belief
o 4.1 Notable claimants of psychokinetic or telekinetic ability
o 4.2 Notable witnesses to PK events
+ 4.2.1 Michael Crichton
+ 4.2.2 Dean Radin
* 5 Skepticism and controversy
o 5.1 Magic and special effects
o 5.2 Statements by skeptics
+ 5.2.1 Michael Shermer
+ 5.2.2 James Randi
+ 5.2.3 Carl Sagan
o 5.3 Prize money for proof of psychokinesis
* 6 Psychokinesis in religion, mythology, and popular culture
* 7 See also
* 8 References
* 9 Further reading
o 9.1 Published Papers on PK / TK
o 9.2 Military Papers on PK / TK
* 10 External links
[edit] Terminology
[edit] Early history
Spirit photography hoaxer Édouard Isidore Buguet (1840-1901) of France demonstrates telekinesis in this 1875 photograph titled Fluidic Effect.
Spirit photography hoaxer Édouard Isidore Buguet[13] (1840-1901) of France demonstrates telekinesis in this 1875 photograph titled Fluidic Effect.
The term “Telekinesis” was coined in 1890 by Russian psychical researcher Alexander N. Aksakof.[14][15] The term “Psychokinesis” was coined in 1914[16] by American author-publisher Henry Holt in his book On the Cosmic Relations[17][18] and adopted by his friend, American parapsychologist J. B. Rhine in 1934 in connection with experiments to determine if a person could influence the outcome of falling dice.[19][20] Both concepts have been described by other terms, such as “remote influencing”, “distant influencing”[21] “remote mental influence”, “distant mental influence”,[22] “directed conscious intention”, ” anomalous perturbation”,[23] and “mind over matter.”[24] Originally telekinesis was coined to refer to the movement of objects thought to be caused by ghosts of deceased persons, mischievous spirits, angels, demons, or other supernatural forces.[24] Later, when speculation increased that humans might be the source of the witnessed phenomena not caused by fraudulent mediums[25] and could possibly cause movement without any connection to a spiritualistic setting, such as in a darkened séance room, psychokinesis was added to the lexicon.[24] Eventually, psychokinesis became the term preferred by the parapsychological community.[19] Popular culture, however, such as movies, television, and literature, over the years preferred telekinesis to describe the paranormal movement of objects, likely due to the word’s resemblance to other terms, such as telepathy, teleportation.
[edit] Modern usage
As research entered the modern era, it became clear that many different, but related, abilities could be attributed to the wider description of psychokinesis and telekinesis are now regarded as the subspecialties of PK. In the 2004 U.S. Air Force-sponsored research report Teleportation Physics Study, the physicist-author Eric Davis, PhD, described the distinction between PK and TK as “telekinesis is a form of PK.”[26] Psychokinesis, then, is the general term that can be used to describe a variety of complex mental force phenomena (including object movement) and telekinesis is used to refer only to the movement of objects, however tiny (a grain of salt or air molecules to create wind)[27] or large (an automobile, building, or bridge). Hypothetically, a person could have very

Umbereth The Damned

Spirits move close far.


well, telekinesis is moving things, but it doesn’t (i dont think anyway) refer to actually using the mind. psychokinesis actually means the movement of something using the mind. both terms are actually used the same way, but technically, psychokinesis is the preferred term. there are several sites that explain it better than i do, but not nearly as short 🙂
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cause they are 2 different words


telekenisis is the ability to simply move things with the mind. as i understand it, the mind is supposed generate electromagnetic fields that push matter around. psychokinesis is a whole other matter. with this, you actually manipulate the atoms in an object and, if powerful enough, do anything you want with them. it tends to take various forms, like pyrokineses and such, but someone with the full spectrum of abilities would have powers limited only by the imagination. however, if what i believe is true, this power cannot be used against the living, because your body is already flushed with your own awareness, and two consciousness’s cant be in control of the same object, or so I’ve heard.
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Vivek Madhusudan Mhatre

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