Like nearly facets of our modern lives, paranormal research is now moving into our pockets as developers build smartphone apps designed to make the mysterious mobile. There are already apps to test if your home is haunted, apps to make your loved ones into digital ghosts, and now Ouija boards are even now supported by most mobile operating systems. A new app released by the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS) claims to be able to test whether users have psychic powers or not. The app, called PsiQ, contains three separate tasks which test for three different mental superpowers: psychokinesis, precognition, and well, precognition again, but these time in a subconscious, sixth-sense kinda way. After conducting the tests, users can then use the app to compare their scores to other users.
You might recognize (or precognize) the app’s developer, IONS; the research institute was founded in 1973 by former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell, an outspoken proponent of paranormal and UFO-related research. IONS official mission is to support “individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, transformative learning, and engaging a global community in the realization of our human potential.”
While I’m all for testing as much of the general population as possible for any heightened mental or physical abilities (Superman could be out there right now!), this app doesn’t seem like the best way to go about it. One of the games, Heart Quest, asks users to tap on a heart icon repeatedly “to send love to a robot and help him grow a heart.” No word on how that actually tests for psychokinesis, unless users were using their minds to press their screen, in which case they don’t need a hokey app to tell them they’re a stinkin’ mutie.
The app only has a few reviews so far, but they haven’t been that great so far. One reviewer, Dean Raiden 2.0, gave the app one star and wonders if the app was a high school project:
This app was pretty terrible. It feels dated, what I mean by that is the text, graphics, and the pictures all look like they are from 1960's and 70's sci-fy books. The games themselves are not explained well and I feel like I missed the point and was not invested or interested after the playing them. I feel like this could have been made by a high-school student, not scientists that study psychic phenomenon. I am thankful that I did not spend any money or more time with this app. I also want to point out that there are some gross images in one of the games, mainly a toilet covered in human excrement. I was not expecting anything like that and honestly that was the last straw for me with this app.
Pshh. He’s just probably just mad he found out he’s nothing but a normie with no mental meta-abilities. Typical normy…
PsiQ is free for download on iTunes.