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Psychic Parrot With Big Vocabulary Stuns Scientist

Aimee Morgana in New York has a psychic parrot named N?Kisi, who has passed the kind of psi tests given to remote viewers. Aimee can sit in one room looking at images, and the parrot can name them, using words in N'Kisi's vocabulary of 555 words.

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake has tested the parrot with 70 images, and the parrot named the images correctly 32 times. "You?d only expect 5.2 hits like this to occur by chance," he said. "This is staggering."

The parrot has also been tested by a reporter for the London Sunday Mail reporter, who said that N?Kisi knew that she had been talking about a friend?s dead pet, when she said to her, "Remember the cat?"

N?Kisi is the latest edition to Sheldrake?s database, containing 2,700 cases of unusual pet behavior. Dr. Sheldrake is the author of "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home?And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals." He writes that approximately 50 percent of dog owners say their pets know when someone is on the way home, according to surveys done in the U.S. and in England.

There are different reactions to Sheldrake?s research. "He was an excellent plant-cell biologist, and then he got caught up in all this paranormal stuff," says Professor Lewis Wolpert of the U.K. "Just because you?re smart, it doesn?t mean you?re right."

"I think he took a very reasonable, measured approach," says Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of "The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of the Canine Community."

Dr. Sheldrake is associated with the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California, that supports research in consciousness, although he does his work in Britain, where he has a cat that gets excited before his 13 year old son comes home from school. He has studied psychic cats, chickens and ferrets, and has videotaped over 100 experiments with an especially psychic dog.

This dog, named Jaytee, was adopted from a pound in 1989. The parents of its owner, Pamela Smart, noticed that it would sit, looking out the window, 45 minutes before Pamela would arrive home, even if she did not return at the regular time. "We conclude," wrote Sheldrake, in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, "the dog?s anticipation may have depended on telepathic influence from its owner."

Sheldrake feels that telepathy is "quite common." He rates himself as "average" in this ability and says he sometimes knows ahead of time when someone is going to call. "The problem is there is a very strong prejudice among scientists. It doesn?t fit in with their mechanistic view of life."

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