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Fake martial arts: The psychology behind 'no-touch' knockouts

What leads people to believe in "chi" attacks and "no-touch" knockouts?

Robert Chaen via YouTube
  • A small fraction of martial arts teachers claim to possess extraordinary powers, like being able to knock out opponents without touching them.
  • A recent video essay explores the psychological factors that drive people to believe in fake martial arts.
  • These factors might also help to explain why there's often some degree of blind self-deception regarding the efficacy of traditional martial arts.
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