Top Ten Psychics

Top Ten Psychics

       A psychic is a person who professes an ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception (ESP), or is said by others to have such abilities. It can also denote an ability of the mind to influence the world physically and to telekinetic powers such as those professed by Uri Geller.

  1. Ingo Swan (14 September 1933 -)

    Ingo Swann is an artist and author, best known for his work as a co-creator (according to his frequent collaborators Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff) of the discipline of remote viewing, specifically the Stargate Project. He has written several books on remote viewing or related topics. Swann does not identify himself as a “psychic,” preferring to describe himself as a “consciousness researcher” who had sometimes experienced “altered states of consciousness.” Swann has stated, “I don’t get tested, I only work with researchers on well-designed experiments.” Swann is dissatisfied in a role as a passive subject. He feels he must contribute to the preliminary design of the research. According to Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, there have been “Swann-inspired innovations” that have led to impressive results in parapsychology. Experiments not controlled by Swann have not been very successful. These are rarely mentioned, and if so, only in passing. Swann helped develop the process of remote viewing at the Stanford Research Institute in experiments that caught the attention of the CIA. He is commonly credited with proposing the idea of Coordinate Remote Viewing, a process in which viewers would view a location given nothing but its geographical coordinates, which was developed and tested by Puthoff and Targ with CIA funding. Due to the popularity of Uri Geller in the seventies a critical examination of Ingo Swann’s paranormal claims was basically overlooked by skeptics and historians. Uri Geller comments very favorably on Ingo Swann. Geller says, “If you were blind and a man appeared who could teach you to see with mind power, you would revere him as a guru. So why is Ingo Swann ignored by publishers and forced to publish his astounding life story on the Internet?” Both Geller and Swann were tested by two experimenters, Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, who concluded that Geller and Swann did indeed have unique skills.
    Links: Top Ten Remote Viewers, Top Ten Paintings by Ingo Swann, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingo_Swann,
  2. Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945)

    Edgar Cayce was an American psychic who claimed to have the ability to channel answers to questions on subjects such as healing or Atlantis while in a hypnotic trance. Though Cayce himself was a devout Christian and lived before the emergence of the New Age Movement, some believe he was the founder of the movement and influenced its teachings. Cayce became a celebrity toward the end of his life and the publicity given to his prophecies has overshadowed what to him were usually considered the more important parts of his work, such as healing (the vast majority of his readings were given for people who were sick) and theology (Cayce was a lifelong, devout member of the Disciples of Christ). Skeptics challenge the statement that Cayce demonstrated psychic abilities, and traditional Christians also question his unorthodox answers on religious matters, such as reincarnation and Akashic records, although others accept his abilities as “God-given.” Today there are thousands of Cayce students and more than 300 books written about Edgar Cayce. Members of Cayce’s organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE) exist worldwide and Edgar Cayce Centers are found in more than 35 countries. Interestingly enough, a young man by the name of David Wilcock is believed to be the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Cayce,
  3. Nostradamus (14 or 21 December 1503 – 2 July 1566)

    Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinized to Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book Les Propheties (The Prophecies), the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with the popular press, credits him with predicting many major world events. Most academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus’s quatrains are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations (sometimes deliberate) or else are so tenuous as to render them useless as evidence of any genuine predictive power. Moreover, none of the sources listed offers any evidence that anyone has ever interpreted any of Nostradamus’s quatrains specifically enough to allow a clear identification of any event in advance.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus,
  4. David Wilcock (8 March 1973 in Rotterdam, New York)

    David Wilcock is a lecturer and filmmaker based in LA, California. Along with Wynn Free, he co-authored the fiction book The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce in 2004. Wilcock has appeared on several radio programs, including semi-regular appearances on Coast to Coast AM and had a role in the Syfy documentary 2012. He is also a proponent of the theory that a large segment of humanity will undergo ascension in the year 2012 and has appeared in several episodes of Ancient Aliens.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wilcock,
  5. Uri Geller (20 December 1946)

    Uri Geller is an Israeli born, self-proclaimed psychic living in England known for his trademark television performances of spoon bending and other supposed psychic effects. Throughout the years, Geller has been accused of using simple conjuring tricks to achieve the effects of psychokinesis and telepathy. Geller’s career as an entertainer has spanned almost four decades, with television shows and appearances in many countries. Geller used to call his abilities “psychic,” but now prefers to refer to himself as a “mystifier” and entertainer.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri_Geller,
  6. Bonus: The Pythia

           The Pythia, commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi, was the priestess at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. The Pythia was widely credited for her prophecies inspired by Apollo. The Delphic oracle was established in the 8th century BC. The last recorded response was given in 393 AD, when the emperor Theodosius I ordered pagan temples to cease operation. During this period the Delphic Oracle was the most prestigious and authoritative oracle in the Greek world. The oracle is one of the best-documented religious institutions of the classical Greek world. Writers who mention the oracle include Herodotus, Thucydides, Euripides, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Pindar, Aeschylus, Xenophon, Diodorus, Diogenes, Strabo, Pausanias, Plutarch, Livy, Justin, Ovid, Lucan, Julian and Clement of Alexandria. The name ‘Pythia’ derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi. The Greeks derived this place-name from the verb pythein, merning “to rot,” used of the decomposition of the body of the monstrous serpent Python after she was slain by Apollo. One common view has been that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock and that she spoke gibberish which priests reshaped into the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature. Recent geological investigations have shown that gas emissions from a geologic chasm in the earth could have inspired the Delphic Oracle to “connect with the divine.” Some researchers suggest the possibility that ethylene gas caused the Pythia’s state of inspiration. However, Lehoux argues that ethylene is “impossible” and benzene “crucially underdetermined.” Others argue instead that methane might have been the gas emitted from the chasm, or CO2 and H2S, arguing that the chasm itself might have been a seismic ground rupture.
    Links: Top Ten Oracles, Top Ten Paintings by John Collier, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythia,
  7. Links: Top Ten Remote Viewers, Top Ten Oracles,

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