This page contains information and links based on the author’s research into telepathy and THEN it lists FAQ’s detailing how telepathy works in the universe created in the book x0. Scroll down to the image of the woman with a book if you wish to go straight to the FAQ’s from x0.
Telepathy: real or not?
I was very surprised to find that three out of four Americans believe in at least one paranormal phenomenon, according to a recent Gallup poll, and that ESP is the most commonly held belief. Friends and relatives provided me with ample interesting stories once they learned of the subject matter of my book, and most wanted to know what I really thought about telepathy. The initial truth was that once I began writing this book I discovered that I had not thought nearly enough about it! I wanted to write a book that explored the idea of whether humans would get along better if we could really understand how each other thought. Telepathy was an obvious means for investigating this idea. But it was more complicated than that.
I learned much about the nuances of various psychic abilities from many websites including http://www.armageddononline.org/esp_telepathy.php which provides definitions of telepathy and related forms of ESP.
I became fascinated reading the blogs and websites of those who believe firmly in telepathy and who make compelling arguments for some sort of psychic link between humans. For examples of these please check out http://phoenixesotericsociety.com/ and http://deanradin.blogspot.com/ both of which present believers’ views of how telepathy works.
I also became fascinated reading of many mind reading hoaxes exposed over the years and of many detailed studies at prestigious universities that have at best been inconclusive. Please check out. http://www.skepdic.com/telepath.html and http://www.rit.org/essays/esp.php for “Why People Believe in ESP for the Wrong Reasons” by Sharon Presley, an article which originally appeared in Independent Thinking Review, Vol. 2, No. 2 for a couple of compelling non-believers’ views of how telepathy does not work.
In the end, by the time I finished writing the book I had to conclude that the classic idea of holding conversations directly from from mind to mind seems unlikely. There seem to be just too many logical obstacles. However, the idea that humans do communicate emotionally with each other on some level that does not involve sight or sound remains intriguing and, I think, possible. Check out the website to which the photo above links for some interesting recent research on the subject. The scientist in me thinks that there is a lot about human consciousness that we do not yet know. So, perhaps……
The following are facts and FAQ’s about telepathy as explained by the organization x0.
Telepathy, also known as “feeling at a distance,” is direct brain-to-brain contact. It is a poorly developed human sense somewhat like touch or smell but understood far less well, probably in part because the sense is only possessed by a small percentage of humans.
It is most often an emotional feeling received from someone else which is sometimes accompanied by one or more of the following: a mental image, sounds or words heard in one’s head including tunes or songs, the memory of a physical sensation such as falling, nausea, or cold, or the memory of a smell, touch, or taste.
Telepathy is not mind reading because telepathy generally works at a sub-verbal level. The transmitter can attempt to send words, but it is the feeling behind the words that actually goes. If words are received, they are supplied by the receiving brain attempting to make sense of the emotion and are not necessarily the words being verbalized in the transmitter’s head. They may be similar, or there may be significant differences. However, the tone and intent will transmit.
Telepathy is also not hallucinatory. Transmitted sounds or images are received “in ones head” in a fashion similar to thoughts, daydreams and dreams, and no normal healthy human would confuse them with real sights or sounds. Physical sensations such as vertigo or heat, if strong enough, may be more confusing.
Q: What is easiest to communicate telepathically?
A: In modern society, popular music seems to have a surprising ability to transmit directly from mind to mind. One may hear a song “playing” in ones head, only to find that another person with mild receptive abilities will “hear’ the song also and start to whistle or hum it. This is frequently unsettling to people, and is often a person’s most concrete encounter with telepathy.
Q: Who transmits information telepathically?
A: We all do. Everyone transmits, although most people merely emit an ongoing low-level signal on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes the more emotionally reticent are particularly poor at transmitting their feelings, and occasionally those with secrets to hide become unconsciously adept at transmitting no or false information. Anyone, even those completely lacking telepathic skill, can transmit more effectively with sufficient motivation. Thus an effective cry for help can be made by those with no particular telepathic skill. Also, adept telepaths generally can and do learn to transmit better when they wish to do so.
Q: Who receives information telepathically?
A: Far fewer people. Being a receiver is the real gift. About one percent of the population has at least a poorly developed ability to receive information telepathically. This ability appears to be evenly distributed by gender, ancestry, ethnicity, location, and socio-economic status with the exception that over the last few decades there has been a noticeable increase in the number of receivers among younger people.
Q: Isn’t being a receiver an awful nuisance?
A: It can be, but receivers learn and choose, consciously or not, to shut out most of the input that they receive. This filtering ability is more akin to earplugs than to shutting one’s eyes in that it does not keep out all input but reduces it. On the other hand, many receivers use their gift to live a fuller life, even if they do not realize that they are doing so. Receivers typically excel in sales, politics, teaching, litigating, or any profession in which feeling the driving emotions of others is an asset. They make great negotiators, can make highly effective healers, and many are described as being the kind of person who could “sell ice to Eskimos.”
Q: Can a receiver choose to improve his or her abilities?
A: Absolutely, up to a point. Like playing the piano or running a mile, the gift can be practiced and improved to develop it up to a person’s maximum potential. However, just as in playing music or running fast, each human will have their own natural limits. A person who has chosen, consciously or not, to develop and use their abilities as a receiver to their fullest is known as an adept receiver. It is estimated that about ten percent of all human receivers have learned to be adept, whether they realize it or not. This is not an insignificant phenomenon, as it currently amounts to almost seven million humans.
Q: Is being a receiver the same as being a telepath?
A; No. Only about one in one thousand adept receivers will find that their abilities progress into the range of true telepathy. The delineation between the two categories has no clear boundary, but based on our research we estimate that there are seven thousand or so true telepaths alive today.
Q: How does a receiver become a telepath?
A: Telepaths seem to all be born as receivers, and many of them develop into telepaths spontaneously as children or as teenagers. Less often the ability develops spontaneously in later life, even, surprisingly often, in old age. Just as often, however, receivers are catapulted into being telepaths by a strong experience such as a life-threatening event or danger to a loved one, in which telepathy aids them even though they may not be aware of it at the time. In other cases, the catalyst is close association with someone who already is a strong telepath. Whatever the cause, once the transition to full telepathy is made, there is no going back. And if another telepath has been involved, then the mental bridge that has been built between the two minds appears to be permanent.
Q: Doesn’t this mean that we have the ability to go around placing ideas in other people’s heads?
A: No. Remember that the vast majority of people transmit but do not receive. If one tries to place a thought or feeling in the minds of ninety-nine percent of the general population, the recipient will have no idea about it whatsoever. If a thought is placed instead in the mind of a receiver, it will generally result in a vague, fleeting sensation that will likely be ignored.
Q: But couldn’t someone place ideas in the mind of another telepath?
A; Yes. That is one of the many reasons this organization, x0, exists. One of our missions is to locate all people who can fully feel anothers emotions, and to inform, teach, and even warn them for their own well-being.
Q: Can an unwitting telepath be made to do something they do not wish to do?
A: Fortunately, no. As far as we know, no telepath has the ability to force another to do something against their will. At most a suggestion can be transmitted, one as simple as “call me so we can talk,” which can then be ignored or acted upon as the recipient chooses.
Q: This still seems like it could be a dangerous skill in the hands of the wrong person. Shouldn’t we be worried?
A: It appears that telepathy is a high-level skill when it manifests itself in humans, and to date a certain degree of moral advancement appears to go hand-in-hand with its possession. So far at least there has been no need for policing, as kindness and empathy appear to be a natural outgrowth of being able to feel the emotions of others, and being aware of a potential victim’s pain or discomfort is apparently sufficient stimulus to alter any potentially problematic behavior.
Q: What kinds of information gets communicated telepathically?
A: Telepathy does not work well to communicate complex ideas or complicated information. You cannot feel a math equation or a telephone number, or even feel a red circle versus a blue square, which is why most early ESP experiments were doomed to fail.
Q: So what is easy to communicate?
A: Besides raw emotions such as fear, anger, and joy, telepathy communicates well with imagery, humor, and puns, much as the subconscious does with dreams. For example, a receiver may get an image of a man walking his dog, holding a bag overflowing with dog poop. The transmitter understands the man pictured is lying about something, or, in other words, that the man is full of shit. This particular type of telepathic communication is helped if the two subjects involved share common idiomatic expressions. It can require skill to interpret the images received.
Q: Do telepaths receive information equally well from all people?
A: No. Just as you find it easier to catch some people’s words, and maybe more importantly, some people’s intended meaning, so do individual telepaths find that some people transmit to them more clearly. We call this being on a common wavelength. Also, if a telepath is emotionally close to another and has a long history with them, such as a spouse or sibling, it is safe to assume that thoughts may be read much more clearly
Q: Don’t telepaths get overwhelmed by input?
A: Yes, they usually do at first. The onset of true telepathy requires acclimation on the part of the telepath, who has to learn to filter incoming information appropriately. In general, being a telepath is very much like learning to walk on a ship at sea. At first it can be difficult and even disorientating, but one usually adjusts and learns to tap into information only as needed and wanted.
Q: Can a telepath read an animal’s mind?
A: All animals with enough brain function transmit information, but, unlike humans, it appears that all animals are also receivers. Because telepathy is such a non-verbal activity, some think that our development of advanced speech stunted telepathic reception in humans while it remained as a skill in the rest of the animal kingdom. This means that yes, your dog or cat or horse really does know how you are feeling. However, how well your pet understands the meaning of your emotions depends on the intelligence of the species and the specific animal involved, and how much your pet cares about your emotions depends on its particular personality. One of the more interesting facts to us is that almost every pet owner agrees that pets know how their people feel, and no one seems to find this at all surprising.
Q: Can being a telepath provide any useful function to society?
A: Often no, but we stand ready to provide subtle assistance in times of emergency. For example, in a panic situation a telepath can sometimes project a sense of calm which can be picked up by one or more receivers at the scene. These receivers may in turn choose to model rational and helpful behavior which others may imitate. Also, in cases of natural disasters we frequently dispatch telepaths located nearby to act as volunteers to seek out those trapped in any type of wreckage, as our gift works particularly well for that need.
Q: Can you locate missing people or wanted criminals?
A: Unfortunately telepathy does not often work well for this. The person being sought must be alive and wish to be found which eliminates many of the former and almost all of the latter. Even a victim seeking aid must be transmitting clearly, and not be drugged, or too disoriented. The situation is compounded by the fact that there is a tremendous amount of ambient emotional information out there, including that which is transmitted from folks who do not have an emergency but are seeking every possible type of assistance, as well as angry, greedy, or lustful people conniving to do harm but who will never actually carry out their plans. Telepaths learn early on that they cannot possibly reach out to every call for help, or send out an alarm for every creepy sensation. However, telepaths do occasionally locate people in true need of immediate help or on the real verge of creating mayhem. When this happens x0 works with the individual telepaths to manage any resulting publicity.
Q: Do telepaths regularly communicate with each other using telepathy?
A: Yes. When we are together we use it to enhance our verbal communication and occasionally can use it to replace spoken words altogether for simple things like a greeting or an apology. When apart we certainly use it to enhance our electronic communication of all types, we often use it to ask each other to call or write, and for those of us who are friends we use it to just maintain a sense of closeness at a distance.