Also known as AnPSI. The apparent ability of animals to experience clairvoyance, precognition, ESP, telepathy and psychokinesis.
Currently there is no scientific acceptance for this phenomenon and most evidence relating to animal PSI is anecdotal, but scientific evidence suggests that if PSI exists, it probably does so in both humans and animals, and if animal PSI exists, it probably occurs in all species.
According to recent research there are five types of basic animal PSI: the ability to sense impending danger; the ability to sense, at a distance, the death of, or harm being caused to, a beloved human; the ability to sense the impending arrival of an owner; the ability to find the way home through unfamiliar territory; and the ability of an animal that is separated from its owner to find its way over long distances to be reunited.
Believers and 'experts' in PSI say that, for it to function, the existence of a soul, aura, or spirit is required. Do animals have souls?
Susan J. Armstrong, professor of philosophy and women's studies at Humboldt State University, remarks in her provocative essay "Souls in Process: A Theoretical Inquiry Into Animal PSI" that the late Pope John Paul II had recently reaffirmed the early Christian doctrine that animals have souls, which presumably implies they are fit subjects for prayer. She notes, "In a homily at the Vatican in 1989 the Pope quoted Ps. 104, in which animals are said to have the breath of life from God, and called for 'solidarity with our smaller brethren.'"
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Attorney M. Jean Holmes, while doing extensive research and study of the Bible for her book "Do Dogs Go to Heaven? Eternal Answers for Animal Lovers," became convinced that the distinction between humans and animals alleged to be found in Scripture is the result of an old translator’s “philosophical construction.” In her opinion, an examination of the original Hebrew texts for such concepts as “soul” and “spirit” clearly tells that the authors of the various books of the Bible believed that animals have souls and spirits, just as humans do.
As we know, a large percentage of the population of all cultures believe that the ghosts of the dearly departed might appear to them. As well, many individuals believe that they have witnessed the spirit of a beloved pet return to a person or a place after physical death. That would imply that, to believers, animals have souls. So, if you believe in ghosts and PSI, what's wrong with animal PSI?
Probably the most celebrated report of animal PSI of recent years is the one of Missie, an allegedly clairvoyant Boston terrier which reportedly gave the correct number of barks to make many predictions — including the result of presidential elections, the number of delays in the launching of the Gemini 12 space mission, the end of a New York city subway strike, and the winner of the 1966 World Series — and to solve mathematical problems.
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