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“Just so I have a baseline,” Vani asked, “what do you already know about parapsychology?”
I bit my thumbnail and considered whether to be honest or diplomatic.
“Go ahead,” Ben quietly urged. “What you really think, remember?
I shot him a “don’t push me” look. “Okay, well,” I began, “all I know is that in grad school, they said it was a pseudoscience that kind of died out in the Eighties. They also said that a lot of scam artists were involved, and it had ties to the occult. And I’ve seen that reality TV show Ghost Trappers; they mention parapsychology on there sometimes.”
“Not bad,” Vani said. “Ghost Trappers is the extent of many people’s exposure. Allow me to tell you what parapsychology really is.” She turned to the board and wrote the definition as she spoke it. “It’s the scientific study of psychological phenomena that cannot be explained by the known laws of nature.”
So it was an actual field of study? I sat up straighter in my chair. “You mean things like aura reading, and being an empath?”
“Exactly.” Vani pointed to the hand she’d drawn. “There are five categories of these phenomena. The first is psychokinesis, in which the mind interacts with other people or objects from a distance. There are several sub-categories—the most well-known being telekinesis—but the only one we use here is psychic healing, which encompasses empathic submergence and empath healing.”
“Empath healing is the technique I told you about earlier,” Ben added.
“Right, I remember,” I said, trying to look cool rather than incredulous. “But wait, telekinesis? Isn’t that moving things with your mind?”
“Yes, although the jury’s still out on whether that exists,” Vani said. “Personally, I’ve never seen any evidence of it.”
“That’s because it’s bogus,” Ben grumbled.
Kai tsk-tsked. “Well, aren’t we judgy this afternoon.”