Often in these CNY Paranormal articles, we focus on ghosts, spirits, and the effect that they have on the world around us. When most people think of the paranormal, it is ghosts that immediately come to mind, however, the paranormal also encompasses the extra sensory abilities of the living as well.

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Since the invention of the camera, scientists have been interested in the idea of converting thoughts to actual pictures.

In 1933, Nicola Tesla, although on the downside curve of his prestigious inventing career, theorized that a camera could be invented that photographed thoughts. Tesla had previously conceived of a machine that could project still and moving images (an early precursor to our televisions), and felt that this machine could be combined with a thought camera to allow thoughts to be visible to others. Tesla was not able to make an operating version of this invention, but the idea caught on.

One of the biggest proponents of the study of Thoughtography is scientist Ted Serios. At the time he was conducting these experiments, he bragged that he had found psychics who were able to convey their thoughts onto undeveloped photo paper. When the paper was developed those images would appear.

Serios’ experiments were filmed and analyzed by other, more critical scientists, and were shown to have a distinct lack of external controls. Serios and the psychics had unrestricted access to all equipment, and there were no control s in place to eliminate sleight-of-hand.

The most famous psychic to use Thoughtography  in his stage show is Uri Gellar. He is a world- renowned psychic who would make appearances on television shows to demonstrate his control over thoughtography, as well as his ability to bend spoons by thought only. When put under strict controls, though, even Gellar struggled in demonstrating his abilities.

Thoughtography is an interesting concept, but even with technology increases, it seems unlikely that thoughts are able to be projected onto film. Tesla’s invention, while similar to a corneal implant, still does not appear to be technologically feasible.