Hi Enneack. It's a complicated question in totality, but there is another article here which endeavors to explain some of the reasons why I use the term "soul", and why we can completely rule out subconscious aspects of the brain as being the primary mechanism.
Hey Kobok, it has been a long time since I originally asked that question but I have come to see that you are right. I simply had a personal knee-jerk reaction to the word soul, but I understand the concept as you use it and have no philosophical problems with it whatsoever.
The question I keep coming back to though, is one of distance. I think that both you and Rayn said that distance shouldn't matter during PK, but my personal experience doesn't line up. I can move things from farther away than being right next to them, but the "force" (for lack of a better word) being transmitted is noticeably weaker than when I am close. This certainly could be the result of a mental block, but I'm not sure that's all there is.
Without getting too bogged down in details, it seems that there are two basic competitive theories to explain PK. One is the idea that you are manipulating the probability that a particular object will move. I think I've read that you favor this interpretation, Rayn. The other is that there is a "force" that is transmitted from one body to another, in this case, the wheel and myself.
If the first option is correct, distance should indeed not matter whatsoever. And yet, I can't really satisfy myself with this explanation. It doesn't really actually explain all that much. What does it really mean to influence the probability of something? Was that probability always objectively there, like some cosmic value that you are manipulating,or is it based on your subjective interpretation of the likelihood of that object moving? I think that absent a better understanding of probability than we (or perhaps just I) have, this answer doesn't really tell me anything more than I already know: somehow, I can make a physical system that is outside my body move.
That's why I've come to prefer the second option recently, although it too leaves very much to be desired. The key difference seems to me that if there is indeed some sort of signal being communicated, it could potentially be either blocked by something, or weakened over distance or time. I'm personally going to have to test these hypotheses myself and see what I can find, but I'd be very glad if someone had any thoughts on the matter that they would share.
As an aside, this website is awesome. I'd basically given up on the idea that there would be an online community that was actually interested in figuring things out rather than just claiming to know all. I'm glad this place exists, and I've already learned a ton here.