Science can explain a lot of things. The scientific method has been the catalyst to some of our world’s most breakthrough discoveries. Yet, there remain facets of our existence that even the most brilliant scientific minds can’t manage to posit a reasonable explanation.
We’re not talking about space, time or some other uber-complex scientific contemplation. We’re discussing human beings; specifically, human beings that have superhuman capabilities. Traditional geniuses are often fixated upon because of their tremendous and extremely rare intellectual gifts, but they’re not the only ones that display remarkable abilities. Genius manifests itself in a number ways – some of them quite beautiful.
One common trait that is seen among anyone with extremely rare talent is their incredible ability to use their mind. The phrase “Mind over matter” is one commonly iterated between people that seek greatness. For those on this list it’s an innate trait – one that is self-evident when witnessing the abilities of a truly paranormal human being.
Here are 5 people with unexplainable superpowers:
1. Uri Geller: Psychokinesis
Psychokinesis is the ability to manipulate objects with absolutely no physical intervention. Uri Geller, an Israeli Psychic, is well-known for his ability to bend spoons, move items and reveal details of unseen objects.
During a demonstration given at the U.S. Capitol building, Geller showed his ability to bend a spoon upward with absolutely no force applied. Remarkably, after Geller set the spoon down and continued his speech, the spoon continues to bend.
Despite of Geller’s astonishing demonstration, physicists and other scientists – even the military – have continually noted that kinesis is a reality. Military leaders even conducted an experiment where invitees were given step-by-step instructions on how to manipulate objects using the mind.
According to various sources, the test subjects were often able to contort metal without physical interference or manipulation. The late Jack Houck, once one of the world’s most well-known engineers and physicists, even published a paper detailing the positive results.
2. Isao Machii: Superhuman Reflexes
Isao Machii is a Japanese laido master – an expert at drawing and utilizing a traditional samurai sword. Most Japanese are quite reserved and extremely private, so not much is known about Machii other than his supernatural abilities with a sword.
However, Machii holds a number of Guinness World Records for his sword skills…and they’re impressive. Some worthy mentions among Machii’s various records: most sword cuts in three minutes, most sword cuts in one minute and the fastest tennis ball to be cut by a sword (509 MPH/820 KPH).
Perhaps Machii’s most impressive feat came via television, where the sword master sliced a shot BB in half.
Here’s how the expert witness, Dr. Ramani Durvasula, explained Machii’s achievement: “This is about processing at an entirely different sensory level. He’s not visually processing this…this is a different level of anticipatory processing.”
3. Stephen Wiltshire: Photographic Memory
Stephen Wiltshire is not just any British architectural artist. Well, unless any architect can look at any structure – cities included – just one time before drawing a perfectly detailed replicate. But Wiltshire’s talent doesn’t even scratch the surface of a truly beautiful mind.
Wiltshire was a mute when he was young – a disorder that rendered the boy unable to speak. At the age of three, he was diagnosed as autistic. In the same year, his father tragically died of a motorcycle accident. Fortunately for the rest of the world, Wiltshire persevered and created some magnificent work in the process.
Wiltshire has the innate ability to look at any subject one time and draw a detailed and accurate picture. Most times, he is flown only once on a brief helicopter ride before putting his pen to paper. For example, his nineteen-foot-long drawing encompassing over 300 miles of New York City was the product of a 20-minute long helicopter trip.
His largest work – a 32.8 foot-long canvas of Tokyo – was completed in seven days…he needed only one helicopter ride to memorize and draw the vast metropolis.
4. Kevin Richardson: Animal Whisperer
Wiltshire isn’t the only superhuman with an ability that touches the heart. Kevin Richardson, a South African animal behaviorist, has the uncanny ability to communicate with a number of different animals.
Richardson also faced setbacks of his own, nearly deciding to call it quits in his zoology endeavors. After dropping out of his zoology program, Richardson studied and eventually became an exercise physiologist. At 23, Richardson began working with lion cubs – an experience that reignited his passion for animal work.