I recently discovered an amazing series of articles at Science 2.0 by Sascha Vongehr about a plausible physical description of “telekinesis” phenomena (and I’ll put radionics effects into that broad category).
The hypothesis presented involves the concept of “presentiment”; what appears to be a cognitive response before any knowledge or known physics could have provided causal information of an exciting or dangerous future situation (“anomalous retroactive influence on affect”), and how this kind of ability would have definite survival advantages and therefore be acquired by evolution through natural selection.
The trigger of presentiment in the present would be indeed in the present and thus not from the future. Even if the sentiment were traced back to some quantum physical ongoing in certain evolved neural circuits, you could claim that since these happen in the present, they influence the future rather than the future being their cause.
This is similar to claiming that the presence of an effect in the present makes the term “precognition” or “future influence” not applicable by definition. Here it is a more physical argument: rather than being influenced by the future, the future was shaped by the presentiment. [JM - emphasis mine.] Since it is still paranormal, one speaks of “psychokinetic” effects.
The entire series of articles is worth a read. The whole idea of radionics devices being instruments to manipulate physical energies like electromagnetism needs to be discarded. So what is actually happening? “Quantum mechanics” has become such a catch-all “explanation” for so many paranormal phenomena that it’s become a bad cliche’ (like the “vibrations” of the 20th century and the “animal magnetism” of the 19th.) Read these articles with an eye toward catching the implications that apply to radionics work – what people confuse for “seeing the future” is actually changing the future.