Mind-reading: No more pennies for your thoughts?

Do you think “they” will ever have technology that will enable “them” to mind-read? Do you think it has already been invented? And who exactly are “they”?

One more question: Do people already have the innate ability to eavesdrop on the unexpressed thoughts of others, without any form of gadgetry?

These thoughts have preoccupied me for the past day or two. I’ve been thinking about how the Internet brings people together from all over the world, and marveling at how I can write about, say, Nigeria in a Gazette blog post and people in that country are reading my thoughts just moments after I press the “publish” button, way up here in the Great White North. It’s wizardry, yes, deep magic . . .

Smiles . . .

Of course, it’s not exactly mind-reading, though it is reading the thoughts on my mind (but I digress). I still have to express my thoughts in writing or vocalize them somehow. And despite the wild west nature of the Internet, we still have to be careful about what we say, i.e. an idle threat or bomb joke could bring the police to your door. We know that intelligence agents in most countries are constantly monitoring the Internet for potential threats to the security of nations and their people.

But what if these intelligence agents could hear your thoughts before you have vocalized or written them? What if technology came along that allowed everyone to read minds? Imagine what your boss might think and do if/when he or she “hears” you thinking that he or she is a jerk . . .

I know that some occultists and spiritualists feel we can already read minds, to a point. I’m thinking they might be on to something. Why? Well, when a handsome hunk was checking out my legs the other day and smiling at me, I knew what he was thinking. I could hear it loud and clear: “I would!” I think many women can relate to that, yes?

Mais, oui!

There are other times I’ve felt I can read someone’s thoughts, and I was right about what they were thinking. Perhaps it was telepathy. I think we do have some innate ability to read minds, to a point: we can’t prove it, unless the other person verifies it. And who is going to verify to their boss that, yes, you were thinking that he or she is a jerk?

I think the technology will be invented, though, that will enable people to read minds. And then the world is going to get very weird because, you know, every unexpressed thought, every fantasy, every secret will be heard. There will be no secrets, no privacy. Everyone will be an open book without writing or vocalizing a single word . . . Gee, wasn’t that prophesized to happen by some spiritual sage long ago?

(Theme from the Twilight Zone plays as the curtain closes on this post.)

— Jillian

4 thoughts on “Mind-reading: No more pennies for your thoughts?

  1. If our thoughts are a manifestation of physical activity in our brains, then, yes, it is theoretically possible that some day we might devise the technology to be able to read someone’s thoughts. I think we are a long way off having the understanding of how our brains work, but if our civilisation last long enough, and scientific research continues, then I don’t see why we won’t eventually reach that point.

    I don’t think anyone has any inate ability to read another’s thoughts. We may know someone, a twin or partner, well enough to know how they think and complete their sentenses for them. And you can be amazed when they say exactly what you were about to say. But that is not telepathy.

    Any electro-mechanical device for reading thoughts would no doubt be applied to a single individual under exceptional circumstances, such as in criminal investigation. I can’t see a day when everyone would willingly broadcast their thoughts to anyone that cared to listen. Aside from the privacy aspect, it would be cacophony.

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    1. I agree with you about people not willingly broadcasting their thoughts. But when I see how the Internet is being abused now, I wonder if future thought-reading technology would be abused, too.

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      1. You might want to take a look at the article “Secrets of the Brain” in this month’s (Feb 2014) National Geographic. On page 41 (UK edition) it says “In 2005 they found an individual nerve cell that fired only when subjects were shown pictures of Jennifer Aniston.” So my “device” might need to be trained for every individual brain it is applied to, to know which neuron corresponds to what. Perhaps not insurmountable, but definitely not easy by any stretch of the imagination. That in itself might limit how widely it is used.

        And as for whether the new technology will be abused: of course it will. We only have to look at the revelations from Edward Snowden as to how the US’s NSA and the UK’s GCHQ are abusing the current technology to spy on those they deem to be of interest. I don’t think there is much chance that the equivalent organisations in the future will be able to resist the temptations offered by new technologies.

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  2. Telepathy can be learned ! It is also the next phase of human evolution. It will happen gradually of course. See: ‘You can send and receive telepathically to communicate with loved ones. You can learn to identify energy that you have taken on from others and to release it. You will also learn to change negative energy into positive energy.’at http://www.orindaben.com/catalog/prodno/o15/
    Hope to see You at Oka beach this summer.

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