We see it all the time. Some person X can now read minds, after much training or a sudden flash of providence. They speak of walking around, being
able to read thoughts. Hell, Whitley Strieber had this happen to him a week ago (www.unknowncountry.com...
). Invariably telepathics talk
about how messed up people are. That's no surprise. The surprise is that they can read those thoughts in the first place. See, I think it's a
The premise is simple: People think differently, literally. There's a wide spectrum between pure visual through pure verbal thinkers. Temple Grandin,
Ph.D., from Colorado State University, sums it up quite aptly:
"Most people use a combination of both verbal and visual skills. Several years ago I devised a little test to find out what style of thinking people
use: Access your memory on church steeples. Most people will see a picture in their mind of a generic "gene ralized" steeple. I only see specific
steeples; there is no generalized one. Images of steeples flash through my mind like clicking quickly through a series of slides or pictures on a
computer screen. On the other hand, highly verbal thinkers may "see" the words "church steeple," or will "see" just a simple stick-figure
A radio station person I talked to once said that she had no pictures at all in her mind. She thought in emotions and words. I have observed that
highly verbal people in abstract professions, such as in trading stocks or in sales, often have difficulty un derstanding animals. Since they only
think in words, it is difficult for them to imagine that an animal can think. I have found that really good animal trainers will see more detailed
steeple pictures. It is clear to me that visual thinking skills are less essential to horse training, but often the visual thinkers do not have the
ability to verbalize and explain to other people what it is they "see." "
For myself, for instance, as child I was purely visual. As I got older (teenage years), I realized that visual thinking was "wrong" because it was
harder to do well in school, so I strove to change to verbal thinking. Then, sometime in the middle of college I realized that an over reliance of
verbal thinking was ruining my creativity, so I started to switch back. Thankfully I've reached a very nice equilibrium, where I intuitively use
whatever modes are appropriate. All this means that people think differently ... but, most importantly, visual thinking is almost always thrown into
Now let's look at visual thinking a little bit more. It's a method of thinking rooted in visuals and sensation/associations. Everybody has had
different experiences, and therefore their "lexicon" of visuals are obscure to anyone else. If I were to somehow show you a picture in my head when
I write a computer program, you wouldn't understand it. You'd have no frame or even point of reference. Visual thinking is only meaningful to the
person doing it!
Seeing that most people incorporate some visual thinking, how can a telepathic claim to read minds? They can't be doing it like reading lines off a
book, as in verbal thinkers. The images are totally personal and can't be externally de-ciphered. Furthermore, there is a sizable portion of the
population that can or does only visual thinking. You can't read their minds. So what's going on here?
I suspect something deeper. Unless telepathy is bunk, which it could be, in order to read a visual thinkers mind you would somehow have to identify
with their soul and mind. Much like tele-communion with others. Outside of this possibility, I simply don't see (literally
) how telepathy can
work. Any ideas?
[edit - I'm a MOD and posted this in the wrong forum. How's that for irony!? -50 for me!]
[Edited on 13-3-2004 by ktprktpr]