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Many of us may have memories of our past that we think are 100% valid, but in fact, are generally not accurate recollections of what actually happened. Because of this, one must wonder if the testimonies of eyewitnesses can be considered valid.

Here is a link to an article about false memories and eyewitnesses. The article discusses the idea that it is easy to implant false memories into people to make them remember what certain people want them to remember.


The testimonies of eyewitnesses heavily influence juries, yet they are rarely accurate. The memory of the witness is almost never completely true because when witnessing a crime, it is hard for the witness to calm his or herself down so that they can take mental notes of everything about the criminal/scene of the crime. Also if a weapon is involved, that makes it even harder for a witness to concentrate, because they're eyes will be drawn to the weapon.

Not only can eyewitness testimonies be unclear and hazy because of the reasons mentioned above, but when being questioned by certain people, the questions they are asked can influence and reconstruct their memories to what the interrogator wants.

Because of these reasons, the justice system isn't always right, but sometimes about who has the better psychologist to influence the court.

ESP - Fact or Bull?

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Here at this website, one can learn how to enhance their "psychic" abilities, and share some of their own stories of ESP.

Now, while all of these stories make the case for ESP seem very believable, there is in fact no proof at all behind extra sensory perception. (For the few of you who do not know what ESP is, it is the apparent '6th' sense--the ability to see ghosts or see the future.)

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Now, while all of these stories make the case for ESP seem very believable, there is in fact no proof at all behind extra sensory perception. (For the few of you who do not know what ESP is, it is the apparent '6th' sense--the ability to see ghosts or see the future.)

The concept of ESP violates at LEAST three of the six principles of scientific thinking. The first that it violates is replicability. When people who claim to have ESP try to repeat their feats for scientists, they cannot. They say that being studied messes with their powers, and that they really do have powers, just ones that cannot be studied.

The second is falsifiability. Falsifiability is similar to replicability, as when people who have ESP claim that when they are studied they cannot replicate results, and therefore ESP cannot be proved false.

The third principle is extraordinary claims. ESP violates this because it does not have the extraordinary evidence to prove the extraordinary claim of seeing the future.

The claims that we can see the future are either tricks that our minds play or a figment of our imagination. Although the details of the stories told may make it seem like there is no other explanation, it may be due to the fact that minor (or major) details are excluded that would help to explain these phenomenons.

ESP has not been proven. Not even close. But who knows, some day we may discover that the human mind can in fact see the future or that ghosts really exist..

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