I had a very interesting experience when I was a teenager, but I've never really had an opportunity to try it again and figured it might be beneficial
to try an informal experiment here. Here's what originally happened:
When I was about 16, my 5 year old cousin came to visit. Having read several authors who believed that children all start out with telepathic
abilities but lose them later in life, I decided to try a little experiment. He was playing Turok (a game about hunting dinosaurs) for Nintendo 64 in
my room, and I asked him if he could still see what people are thinking, to which he responded, "Yeah" without even looking away from the screen. I
then visualized a horse and asked him to tell me what I was thinking. I still remember his exact response. Without a moments hesitation, he said,
"You're thinking about horsies. I like horsies." Needless to say, I was rather taken aback by both the accuracy of his response and by how casually he
answered. It was like I'd asked him what he'd eaten for breakfast.
I tried to continue, but he seemed uncomfortable and didn't want to. Whether or not he was actually sensing my thoughts and emotional state, it was
pretty obvious that his answer took me by surprise, so I understood why he might not have wanted to continue.
Although I obviously can't say that this experience was confirmation of telepathy, I think it's fairly safe to say based on the accuracy and natural,
confident demeanor of his response that it was not simple coincidence. I am certain, though, that there was nothing in the room or our recent
experience that would have prompted the idea of horses, and I have no particular affinity for horses; I chose that particular image because it seemed
like something relatively neutral yet specific enough for this type of experiment, and I'm fairly certain that there wasn't anything external that
would have prompted that particular image. I suppose it's possible that genetic similarities could have caused us both to pull up the same image when
thinking of something "random", but like I said, due to the nature of the response (as well as experiences I myself have had spontaneously perceiving
very specific information that I could not see any other way of having known), I'm inclined to think that there was some form of "unconventional"
communication taking place.
Anyway, I'd like to propose a similar experiment here for people with young children, let's say around 4, 5, 6ish, but please just use your own
discretion. Ask your child if they can see what people are thinking or some similar question, then visualize something and ask them to tell you what
Here are some basic guidelines I think we should follow:
1) Let's limit whatever it is you think of to actual physical things or people that can be clearly visualized, as opposed to abstract concepts.
2) Make sure that whatever you think of is something you know your child will be familiar with, but avoid things (at least at first) that you think
might be an obvious "guess", such as things or people in the room or that you have recently interacted with.
3) Make sure you form the thought clearly before asking the question.
4) Try this multiple times if your child is willing.
5) Remain aware of your own emotional state and try to keep a supportive attitude when you ask the questions and wait for the response. It's
conceivable that if your child is actually perceiving your thoughts and emotional state, the expectation that they will not be able to do it may
inhibit their response in some way. Although I obviously cannot say for certain whether or not this would influence the results, I think it's worth
keeping in mind as something that could potentially cause a false negative result.
Well, that's about it for now. If anyone would like to participate, I think this could be very interesting. If you decide to post back here, please
include the age of the child, the original thoughts, your child's responses, and also take note of the manner in which they respond. It would also be
helpful to include your own mental state throughout the process, especially if you notice the quality or accuracy of the responses start to change.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope we can get some interesting results! If anyone has any suggestions or observations, please feel free to post
those here as well.
edit on 12-1-2013 by Nanocyte because: (no reason given)