The Robots Are Coming – Part I

We use body language (consciously or subconsciously) to predict what others are going to do or say. Many animals can ‘read’ us very well. Conmen make a science of it. It is a skill that can be taught. Some maintain this ability, combined with a little basic common sense is behind popular belief in the existence of telepathy. Many believe it is a gift some people can harness for good or ill – the supersense of witches and wizards, of shamans, witchdoctors and charlatans.

There exist documented examples of mind reading at a distance that cannot possibly result from input from body language. In everyday life most people can find examples a-plenty of sensing something is not right with a friend or relation a long way away. Somehow we are in touch and we cannot explain how. “It’s just a coincidence” is the usual put-down by sceptics. In the case of pets: “They know you’re habits so well, of course they know when you should be coming home,” is the usual explanation of how the dog knows when it’s time to go to the window to wait for dad. No one cares to explain why the dog doesn’t do that every day as a matter of routine. Pets do know when dad is not coming.

If we can harness this ‘gift’ using just our limited, much degraded five senses, how long will it be before supercomputers can do so better than your average conman, using modern sensors that outperform our feeble capabilies?

What if advancing neuro-science uncovers the existence of superfast communication within our brains? Scientists have already demonstrated that ‘entangled’ particles can communicate instantaneously over distance, making a mockery of the belief that all communication is limited to the speed of light. Why should such particles not exist in the brain? Could it be that humans have simply lost the ability to harness this form of communication, seemingly so well-developed in some animals? Could the entanglement theory be at the heart of the working of our ‘gut reactions’ that have for some time been shown to be the result of a second brain (the Enteric Nervous System {ENS}) located in our stomach walls. Without the input of our external senses, the ENS reaches conclusions faster than our logical head-based brain and can do so even if one of its supposed paths to the Central Nervous System is severed?

Very recently a team of researchers proved that crude telepathy over distance can be reproduced by hooking up test subjects to a transcranial Magnetic Pulse Stimulator (tMPS), a similar device to that used by my fictional team in Think Freedom (the transcranial Direct Current Stimulator (tDCS) – an actual device used in the treatment of sufferers from depression and marksmen to improve their sharpshooting skills).

 

Author: John Timbers

Retired, ex-soldier, ex-tank technologist, ex-salesman, ex-project manager, ex-business development consultant, ex-security consultant, ex-editor. V happily married w/three grown&flown children and four grandchildren. Author of a number of books available on Amazon (see my website). Enjoy surfing the web, walking the dog and generally 'being retired'.

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