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Uncover the power of the mind and learn about the science (and pseudoscience) related to clairvoyance, ESP and other altered states of consciousness.

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How Near-death Experiences Work

Near-death experiences (NDEs) are seemingly supernatural events that some people have when they're at the brink of death. Find out who typically has them and how people have tried to explain them.


The Ultimate Parapsychology Quiz

 The Ultimate Parapsychology Quiz

We struggle to comprehend many things that happen in our world. Prove your parapsychology knowledge with this HowStuffWorks quiz. See more »

The Supernatural Tarot Quiz

 The Supernatural Tarot Quiz

Tarot is a centuries-old practice that combines art with psychology. Prove how much you know about these complex cards at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do you really stay conscious after being decapitated?

 Do you really stay conscious after being decapitated?

Do you really stay conscious after being decapitated? Find out whether it's true that people stay conscious after being decapitated. See more »

How can I have an out-of-body experience?

 How can I have an out-of-body experience?

An out of body experience is typically associated with illness or traumatic experiences. Learn about out of body experiences and how an OBE is recreated. See more »

How Numerology Works

 How Numerology Works

Most numerologists credit Pythagoras with founding the field of numerology. Learn what Pythagoras and his followers believed about numbers. See more »

Why was Britain's Defence Ministry testing psychic powers?

 Why was Britain's Defence Ministry testing psychic powers?

A report declassified in late February 2007 under the UK's Freedom of Information Act reveals that Britain's Ministry of Defence has been testing psychics. Find out why. See more »

How Near-death Experiences Work

 How Near-death Experiences Work

Find out what makes an experience an NDE, who typically has them and how people have tried to explain them. See more »

How Tarot Cards Work

 How Tarot Cards Work

Tarot cards aren’t meant to tell the future. Learn where tarot cards come from, what they mean, why tarot cards can work and why it matters where the cards fall. See more »

How ESP Works

 How ESP Works

ESP is a highly controversial phenomena of the mind. Learn about ESP and find out how scientists test the credibility of psychics. See more »

How Nirvana Works

 How Nirvana Works

The word "nirvana" gets thrown around in conversation all the time, often to describe a state of joy or supreme happiness. Actually, it's more than that -- a whole lot more. Find out what nirvana is. See more »