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It might be useful for us to mention some of the reasons, which led us to the formulation of this hypothesis relating melanin to psychic abilities. The most significant of these is derived from anthropological research in sub-Saharan Africa, where the largest numbers of high-melanin possessing people are found. This research has documented, for over a century, the Para-normal powers possessed by a large number of Africans. These powers have been frequently referred to as Voodoo and/or witchcraft; but, stripped of such (largely pejorative) labeling the observed phenomena represents nothing more than the manifestation of psychokinesis and precognition.
These powers have been frequently referred to as Voodoo and/or witchcraft; but, stripped of such (largely pejorative) labeling the observed phenomena represents nothing more than the manifestation of psychokinesis and precognition. Not all Africans possess this ability, of course; one might suspect that they are distributed in a Gausian fashion, as are other human traits, but the evidence certainly seems overwhelming that such abilities are more characteristic of African people than they are of other people on earth.
Generically, this field is known as parapsychology. Because of the peculiar position of Black people in America (genetically Eastern and socially Western), it is the area of parapsychology, which we find the most useful in bridging the East-West gap and, at the same time, providing an additional empirical orientation in African Psychological research. The field of parapsychology is related to the African conception of intelligence in the following sense: As self-knowledge (consciousness) approaches 360 degrees, the individual becomes better equipped to manifest those mental abilities associated with parapsychology.
Akbar Papers in African Psychology by Na'im Akbar