“”Scientists have been investigating PK since the mid-19th century but with little success at demonstrating that anyone can move even a feather without trickery involving something as simple and obvious as blowing on objects to move them.
Psychokinesis, or PK, is the ability to cause objects to move without any contact (physical, electronic or electromagnetic), using "the power of the mind". It is also sometimes referred to as telekinesis, or TK. Like telepathy, PK has been investigated for many years by various organisations, with no results.
 Imagined success
Wouldn't it be simply wonderful if you could change the physical world and achieve whatever you want in life just by the power of your thought and your will? There are people and organisations out there who promise to teach you how to do psychokinesis. You just become their acolyte and pay the woomeisters money or whatever else they want in exchange.
 Blaming the victim
New Thought and related Law of attraction both try to use the power of the mind to influence events, and people who cannot put right whatever is wrong in their lives are blamed for incorrect thinking.
 Publication bias
Parapsychologists have written that psychokinesis has been proven in experiments with subjects influencing the output of a random number generator. In an investigation of 380 studies a group of scientists (Bösch et al, 2006) have written an meta-analysis on the subject. In their paper they wrote "statistical significance of the overall database provides no directive as to whether the phenomenon is genuine or not" and came to the conclusion that "publication bias appears to be the easiest and most encompassing explanation for the primary findings of the meta-analysis." So contrary to what you might read in a parapsychology book, psychokinesis has not been scientifically proven.
 Quantum mechanics
Sometimes purveyors of telekinesis woo claim quantum mechanics proves that consciousness affects reality, though there is no proof. Their idea is based on one rather controversial version of the Copenhagen interpretation and there are many competing interpretations of quantum mechanics.
 As the stuff of horror movies
Most people probably know what psychokinesis is either from stage magician and woo-meister Uri Geller, or from Hollywood. In particular, horror films like Carrie (based on a Stephen King book) and Scanners love this trope; after all, what defense do you have from someone who can pop your skull with his or her mind? Films like these inadvertently provide some of the best evidence there is on why psychokinesis doesn't exist — if it did, somebody, be it a defense contractor or an angry teenage girl, would have figured out how to use it to kill people.