Throughout history, there are a great number of people who became famous because they claimed to have psychic abilities. During ancient time, people who were known to have psychic abilities were raised to the positions of priests and medicine men. In the later part of the Middle Ages, one of the notable persons who etched their names in the field of psychic reading was Nostradamus. Nostradamus made predictions about some of the world's great events that many people claimed to have come true. After Nostradamus, there were future seers, mind readers, and other people who claimed to possess psychic powers who became famous as well.
In the 1920s, attempts were made to make paranormal studies, including psychic studies, a science. During this time, paranormal studies were not given due recognition. It was through the efforts of Joseph Banks Rhine that paranormal studies was accepted in universities. Rhine approached psychic reading in a scientific way. He made various experiments and tests to prove that Extra Sensory Perception, or ESP, exists. Through Rhine, an organization for psychic studies earned affiliation with one of the leading organizations of scientists in the US, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. However, this prestige was short lived because of some fraud involving one of the members of Rhine's organization. No matter how short lived the prestige earned by paranormal studies, Rhine's efforts paved the way in making parapsychology an accepted field in many academic institutions.
Nowadays, law enforcers employed detectives with psychic powers to help them in solving
crimes. There are also lots of television shows today that feature personalities with different psychic abilities.
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