Psychics have been among the controversial personalities throughout history. People with psychic abilities, from those who can read other people’s mind to those who can foresee the future, are among the subjects of discussions and debates. In ancient time, however, people with psychic abilities were hailed as priests or medicine men.
One of the great names in the history of psychic reading was Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame). He was said to successfully predict many of the world’s famous events. Another famous name in the field of psychic reading in the 1950s was Daniel Douglas Hume, who was said to have the powers to move objects.
In the 1920s, paranormal powers such as psychic reading struggled to being recognized as a science. It was during this time that William McDougall, a respected man of science, employed the term parapsychology and use it in his exploration of the paranormal experiences. McDougall had a young and bright student, Joseph Banks Rhine, who was hailed as the father of modern parapsychology. Rhine attempted to prove Extra Sensory Perception or ESP as real through a scientific approach. He asked a man named Zener to devise a special set of cards to be used for his experiments. Through Rhine’s efforts, his organization forparanormal studies became an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This status, however, was short lived because of some fraud committed by a member of Rhine’s organization.
Today psychic reading played an important role in solving some crimes. Psychic detectives are even employed by law enforcers. Some psychic readers were actually acclaimed by the authority for their contribution in solving murder cases.