Telepathy as a scientific goal for achievement is a red herring

Our attraction to the stimulating images of science fiction has likely kept us from realizing that human telepathy might be of little practical use in the real world. Christopher James, neuroscientist from the University of Warwick, UK, says the ideal of communicating complex information from one human to another may be a red herring. In most cases, it would be enough for a computer to communicate a message to us. For example, an air-traffic controller whose attention is spread over many areas could be alerted to two planes in close proximity through something akin to spidey-sense, i.e. an electronic message that would bypass the controller’s collage of human feelings.

Trying to achieve telepathy seems a useless pursuit because it violates the innermost privacy of the individual if others have a go at what he is thinking. Of what use is telepathy in social relationships ?  If the participants get to know what  others are thinking it will be a catastrophe of unmitigated proportions. Most of our relationships like husband-wife, parents-children,boss-subordinate are built around ignorance of what others are thinking about us. If we have access to other’s perceptions of us we will end up in  disharmony and chaos  which are not conducive to the orderly conduct of  our relationships.

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