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Does telepathy conflict with science ?

Posted on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 | Comment icon 58 comments

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More scientists and skeptics than ever consider psychic phenomena to be a possibility on some level.

The idea of extrasensory perception is not a new one, studies and experiments have been conducted for decades for both scientific research purposes and for use in military applications. While few scientists today would outright state with any certainty that psychic abilities do exist, most would be unwilling to make the claim that they do not either.

"Recently, journalist Steven Volk was surprised to discover that leading skeptical psychologist Richard Wiseman has admitted that the evidence for telepathy is so good that "by the standards of any other area of science, [telepathy] is proven."

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Comment icon #49 Posted by crystal sage on 17 April, 2012, 16:20
I think they can now come pretty close to proving telepathy scientifically using modern technology... They now have FMRI machines that can read thoughts.. just do controls of the individuals being studies to see how images.. thoughts register in the brain put them in separate rooms or buildings and ask them to mentally send set messages/images... see if these FMRI images match... Previously, Gallant and fellow researchers recorded brain activity in the visual cortex while a subject viewed black-and-white photographs. They then built a com... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by crystal sage on 17 April, 2012, 16:30
getting close... Telepathy machine reconstructs speech from brainwaves When you read this sentence to yourself, itís likely that you hear the words in your head. Now, in what amounts to technological telepathy, others are on the verge of being able to hear your inner dialogue too. By peering inside the brain, it is possible to reconstruct speech from the activity that takes place when we hear someone talking.Because this brain activity is thought to be similar whether we hear a sentence or think the same sentence, ... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by crystal sage on 17 April, 2012, 16:43
... and closer.. NeuroVigilís Research Aims to Allow Dr. Stephen Hawking Communicate by Thinking Science Student Aims to Win with Computer-Aided Telepathic Communications and... Nick won the gold medal for his project.. His project won a gold medal at the South Fraser Regional Science Fair and earned Nick a s... [More]
Comment icon #52 Posted by JayMark on 17 April, 2012, 17:09
I disagree with your assessment of the brain. The brain, as an organ and how it works, is very well understood. I accept that how our consciousness is expressed via the brain is incompletely understood - but there is nothing that would suggest any part of that expression happens due to activity at the quantum level of physics. Activity arising out of a flow of electrons, as you suggest some aspect of consciousness is believed to be, is not 'quantum activity'. Electricity is a classical (Newtonian) phenomenon and arises completely from the flow of electrons. Fair enough. I am not trying to go a... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by Leonardo on 17 April, 2012, 17:24
Fair enough. I am not trying to go against what is already proven and understood as a matter of fact. But I sincerly think that there is more to consciousness as a whole that electric activity in the sense that consciousness is more than simply physical awarness. But you are right, science, as far as it is involved, can't prove this. But many scientists are thinking about it. As long as we haven't figured out how the hell electricity generates consciousness, I will not fully agree that it is purely the work of matter. Just that the brain does play a very evident, established and understood rol... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by JayMark on 17 April, 2012, 19:05
This is getting off-topic a bit, but 'free will' may simply be the product of a decision randomiser. None of us have unlimited choice in anything, so that dispenses with the broadest meaning of 'free-will', but take this hypothetical situation. It is a hot day, and you want to buy something cool. You have enough money to buy either an ice-cream or a soda - but not enough to buy both. This is a 'free-will' choice. Some of the time, your choice will be prejudiced by a prior choice. For example, it may have been hot yesterday, and you bought a soda, so today you buy an ice-cream to have variation... [More]
Comment icon #55 Posted by crystal sage on 18 April, 2012, 0:03
My profound spiritual views about this universe are at a much deeper level. Fundamentally, I beleive that consciousness is the source of matter and not the contrary. It implies that it is the source of everything, including the laws of physics and all the mechanisms we observe and understand. That can't be proved or disproved by physics because 1) physics does not consider counsciousness as being "entangled" to matter (but rather as being the fruit of it) and 2) physics generally implies that counsciousness is solely the result of matter. So as I said, I do not wish to go against it (science).... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by jbefumo on 22 September, 2012, 0:39
This writer reminds me of the historically pompous Lord Kelvin, who announced that "everything about science is already known...." Windbags are always plentiful. Those who make discoveries are the ones with an open mind. This person obviously knows everything in the universe, so why bother arguing. Just bow and worship his genius. Ever occur to him that electrochemical (molecular) interactions set up fields? Fields interact on subtle levels? Want an OPEN MINDED analysis? Check out: The FACT is that modern physics DEMAND a believe ... [More]
Comment icon #57 Posted by Rlyeh on 22 September, 2012, 8:10
This writer reminds me of the historically pompous Lord Kelvin, who announced that "everything about science is already known...." Windbags are always plentiful. Those who make discoveries are the ones with an open mind. This person obviously knows everything in the universe, so why bother arguing. Just bow and worship his genius.You remind me of someone gullible who rather believe the words of charlatans over actual evidence. Those who make discoveries also possess a degree of critical thinking, try it some time.The FACT is that modern physics DEMAND a believe in certain paranormal phenomena,... [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by Jinxdom on 23 September, 2012, 4:24
If we truly understood how consciousness worked we would be able to replicate it artificially. You start looking at cell signaling, biochemistry, neuroscience, quantum mechanics, the whole teleportation experiment, and all of the new tech coming out well I wouldn't push it off the table just yet. I don't think it goes against science quite yet since we don't understand everything.

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