Right Brain Activities for Home Practice – Part 8: ESP Games

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Right Brain Activities: Senses Play

Shichida, Heguru, Right Brain Education

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

6 thoughts on “Right Brain Activities for Home Practice – Part 8: ESP Games

  1. You were possibly thinking of me when you were worried about the “sensibilities of some readers”… 🙂

    Yes, we used to think the earth was the centre of the universe. The reason we don’t any longer is because of the evidence. We’re still waiting for evidence of ESP.

    In particular, James Randi is waiting to give a million dollars to anyone who can demonstrate ESP, and has been for many years. Nobody has won it yet. I hope you successfully train your child in ESP, and win the money. You’ll be a million dollars richer, and change science forever.

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  2. :-p Yes, you did cross my mind. However, I do think there must be others out there who probably thought I’d lost my marbles and didn’t bother dropping me a comment at all.

    I think there are plenty of others who will be ready to claim Randi’s millions dollars before my kids – if the testimonials from parents about their children’s ESP abilities are true. Then there is the man Shichida met in Nagasaki who demonstrated his abilities in ESP. I am very curious to meet him – unfortunately, being a mother of two young kids, I can’t exactly just drop everything and fly off to Japan to meet him to find out more. Is he the real McCoy or another fraud, I’ve no idea. Some of the stuff he’s been able to do is pretty amazing – then again, “magicians” have also been known to do some pretty amazing things, so who knows?

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  3. Hi Shen-Li,

    There are plenty of people all around the world who seem convincingly psychic. I’m sure the guy from Nagasaki is one of them. But you’re right, magicians already can fool us, while admitting they’re using simple (and not so simple) tricks. It’s not surprising that there are also lots of people around that use similar tricks, but don’t admit they’re tricks and make more money 🙂
    It’s also true that people can really think they’re psychic, unknowingly using simple cold reading tricks.

    None of them, over the many years of Randi’s million dollar challenge has demonstrated any real supernatural ability. I used to think I was psychic – until I realised how easily the human mind can be fooled.

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  4. Therein lies the problem… There are too many frauds around which makes it all harder to believe in. Yet, if we’re too skeptical, we kill off the potential a child might have in developing these abilities.

    One of the books I read mentioned a child who demonstrated an ability to heal others. After being made fun of at school, he stopped using his ability and eventually lost it. Was he really a healer? We’ll never know. But to think of the possibilities of having a person who can heal the sick just by touching them – it’s something worth believing in.

    I’ve read about medical miracles:

    – patients whom doctors said would never walk again but they did.
    – patients whom doctors declared terminally ill but they beat the disease.
    – patients whom doctors said would never make it but they lived.

    The doctors know the science and the science says these people shouldn’t be alive, yet they are. Some people believe it is “The Secret”. Some believe it is will power. Others think it’s a miracle from God.

    I know people with cancer who did everything the doctors said and still they didn’t make it. Then I hear about others who rejected the treatment from the doctors and are now in remission because they believed they could beat the cancer.

    If we can raise a generation of children with the answers to these questions then I’m all for it. Even if I end up looking like a fool for it, I think it will be worth it, don’t you?

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  5. Doctors aren’t all-knowing, due to practicalities of particular cases, and due to humans not knowing all there is to know about medicine. There are always going to be people who are on either end of the bell-curve on anything, who will either do much better or do much worse than a doctor predicts.

    It doesn’t take a miracle for a doctor to be wrong.

    I think most discoveries are worth looking like a fool to achieve. But the ones that have been mostly disproved aren’t worth spending much time or money on.

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  6. True, doctors aren’t all-knowing but there is a difference between “you’re never going to walk again” and “there’s a chance you could walk again but your odds are slim to none”.

    There is a reason why the Placebo Effect was coined. Because some people will get better just because they think they are getting a cure rather than because they are actually getting a cure. The effect is happening inside the mind. If you could take the placebo effect and make it work for everyone, you would have a new kind of medicine…

    Ah… but have they been disproved? The fact that no one has been able to show that it works doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

    I may question the existence of ESP, but one thing I do believe in without a doubt is the power of the mind. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.

    A few years back, I was at the rock climbing gym watching a group of people bouldering. They were working on a problem route and no one could do it. Eventually I heard them saying stuff like, “Impossible!” “Can’t be done!” “It’s just too hard.” They had mostly given up except for one person. After a long time, that one person made it. In rapid succession after that one person achieved it, the rest followed suit.

    For a lot of people, the mind has to see to believe. That’s where we’re at – we haven’t seen it so we don’t believe it. But then there are those who don’t need to see to believe – like the guy who finished the boulder problem before everyone else. They are the ones who are going to pave the way for the rest to follow.

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