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How To Bend A Spoon With Your Mind
If you've seen The Bad Science Show the you'll know that I promised to teach you how to bend a spoon with your mind.
"Spoon bending" is a type of telekinesis.
Telekinesis is the ability to move objects with the power of your mind. Magneto in the x-men movies and comics, the teenagers in Chronicle and even Elsa from Frozen all demonstrate telekinesis.
There is absolutely no proof that this ability exists in the real world.
And yet, a bunch of people claim that they can do it and even more people believe them. 15% of Americans believe it is possible to move objects with your mind.
So why do they believe it?
Because it is very easy to make it look like you are moving objects with your mind.
Check out this video of a man making pages of book turn with his mind. The good kicks in around five minutes.
How is doing it?
He's blowing on the page.
However, the people who believe in him are exhibiting confirmation bias.
They have chosen to believe he can really do it and so are focusing on the evidence that proves him correct (the pages are moving) and ignoring the evidence that he's full of it (his mouth is moving too).
Can you think of an example of confirmation bias that you've committed?
Ever decided a movie will be terrible before you see it? And then have a terrible time? and so seen nothing but what's wrong with it?
Ever decided that you have a particular illness? And then start noticing the symptoms?
Ever heard a really cool conspiracy theory? And then decided it must be true before properly considering the evidence?
Then you might be a victim of confirmation bias.
So watch the video below and you'll be on your first step to becoming a master spoon bender.
However, if you really want your audiences to think you're the next magneto, get them believing in your abilities before you pull of the stunt, your reactions will be even bigger.
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