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extrasensory perception (ESP)




The purported sensation other than by the recognized senses of an event or object; and, by extension, those powers of the mind (such as telekinesis, the moving of distant objects by the exercise of willpower) that has to far eluded scientific evaluation. The best known and most researched area of ESP is telepathy, the ability of two or more individuals to communicate without sensory contact: though laboratory tests have been inconclusive (see telepathic species). Analogous is empathy, the communication across distance of emotion. Another important area of ESP is precognition, the prior knowledge of an event: again, laboratory tests have been inconclusive.


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