One of the first uses of the term telekinesis was by American Henry Holt in his book On The Cosmic Relations, which discussed mysterious psycho-spiritual phenomena. Telekinesis first grabbed headlines in the late-19th century during séances. While a spiritualist medium spoke with the dead, objects appeared to move about the darkened room. This was later exposed as a hoax. Scientists and the military have conducted lengthy studies into telekinesis, including a 1930s Duke University study. It claimed to offer proof that individuals could use their minds to influence the outcome of a random number generator, but the results have never been successfully replicated. Physicists argue that brain waves are too weak to affect objects beyond a few centimetres from the skull, but admit that science still has a lot to learn about the behaviour of quantum particles.
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