Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Dial a thought - A case of telepathy

Great minds they say think alike and  twins are often two sides of the same coin where the emotions of one is often sensed by the other. Perhaps a twin reading this post can confirm this myth/truth. Is this a sixth sense, a gut feeling or a case of telepathy? One thing is for certain where telepathy is concerned, like Liverpool and its die-hard fans, you'll never walk alone.
Very creative film-writers have come up with some great movies exploring the concept of telepathy that keeps us all fascinated in our seats. My favorite of these will be 'X-Men 3' with the thrilling scene of Professor X and Jean Grey where we are entertained by a mind controlling battle between the two, with objects flying to a building being uprooted just from mindful thoughts.

Telepathy is described as the transfer of information between two subjects using the mind without any physical form of communication. As absurd as the notion may be, reports of telepathy have been recorded with the latest being an article published in New Scientist in February this year. The piece focused on the phenomenon of telepathy which had been achieved in rats after inserting a mind reading implant in the brain. Although the researchers are far from the finished work the concept remains a potential to be explored with the main hurdle being deciphering the complex communication network of neurons. These telepathic rats however are not the first to make mind reading headlines.

Sherman and Wilkins in their book titled thoughts through space claim to have channeled their thoughts in an experiment where they both attempted to read each other's mind from separate locations over 2000 miles apart. Upon comparison of their notes months later, about 75% of the contents were the same. Could this be mere coincidence,  who knows!

One can only imagine the fascination in a future where telepathy becomes the norm as the accepted form of communication. All you have to do is have this device implanted and voila! you're set to chanel your thoughts to another. Almost like the impact of the internet and mobile telephony today which has transformed communication of messages. From telegraphs to letters to emails and text, messages can now be communicated within seconds. Only this time in the case of telepathy, the transmitter / middle man disappears and we will all be a thought away.

As controversial as telepathy may be, the concept can be argued for use in severe cases of disability where physical communication is a challenge. The rats have proven the concept works and mind communication remains to be explored.  

So if you've enjoyed reading this piece and wish to comment, forget the tablet, ignore the PC and nevermind the phone because I'm only a thought away. 

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