Telepathy Dr. Bruce King March 4, 2014 2139 My wife and I sometimes play a telepathy game called Guess What I Want to Eat. One day, after work, we were driving home together when I decided that it would be a good time to play our little game. “Can you guess what I want to eat?” I asked. Without hesitation my wife replied, “Oh that’s easy, you want to eat sushi.” “Wow, that’s right.” Impressive. She went on, “Not only do you want to eat sushi, but you said it in your head like this, ‘sushi, sushi, sushi’ three times fast.” I was amazed because that is exactly how I said the words in my head. This is just one of several telepathic experiences I have had so I do not doubt that the “sushi” experience was real telepathy. Also, to reinforce my belief, I have had several friends tell me about their own telepathic experiences. Of course all this is anecdotal evidence. What is the scientific evidence that telepathy exist? The earliest modern scientific experiments concerning telepathy were done back in the 1930’s by J.B. Rhine. He used something called Zener Cards to help determine precognitive effects and also telepathic ability. Rhine got many positive results for telepathy but this was disputed by other scientist claiming that he used poor statistical methods to arrive at his conclusions. However, Rhine’s skeptics are directly contradicted by Burton Camp who was the president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Camp released a statement to the press that said that there was nothing wrong with Rhine’s statistical methods. So, as far as we know, Rhine’s scientific evidence for telepathy is valid. The next big research studies on telepathy started in 1974 with Charles Honorton. His experiments at Maimonides Hospital used something called the Ganzfeld test to measure for telepathic ability. The Ganzfeld test consists of a telepathic receiver placed in a comfortable chair in a room by themselves. Ping-Pong balls that are cut in half are placed over both the eyes and headphones, which emit a white noise, are fitted over the ears. Then a red light is shone on the receivers face. The sender is in another room sending information about a randomly chosen target. The receiver then talks out loud about what images they are receiving during a thirty-minute period. Not surprisingly, these test done by Honorton got positive results showing that telepathy is real. More validity of the Ganzfeld experiments came in 2001 when Dean Radin and Marilyn Schlitz surveyed all the known Ganzfeld test for telepathy from at least 15 different laboratories. They found very positive results for telepathy with the odds against chance being greater than a trillion to one. On top of this evidence there is the research of Rupert Sheldrake. One of his more famous articles, published in the Journal of Parapsychology, describes his experiment with telephone telepathy. What Sheldrake did was find several hundred volunteers who each got four different friends to randomly call them on the phone. When the phone rang the volunteer had to state before they answered the phone who they thought was calling. Statistically chance alone says that one out of four times they’d be correct, or 25% of the time they would be able to guess who was calling. What the results showed was that people correctly identified the caller before picking up the phone 42% of the time. This is almost double what chance alone would dictate. Pretty significant findings. Sheldrake, along with Pamela Smart, also did this experiment with emails and got similar significant results. Not to leave our four footed friends out of the picture, Rupert Sheldrake also did research showing that dogs have telepathic ability. He wrote about this in a book called Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home. You can guess what that is about. As you can see there is plenty of evidence that telepathy is real. The next step is to practice your own telepathic abilities. One way to do this is to simply try to guess who is calling you before you answer the phone. Another way is to have a friend think of something they like to eat and you try to guess what food they are thinking of. I could go on, but there are so many ways to practice telepathy that the only limit is your imagination. Note: Everyone is telepathic to a certain extent. Try not to be discouraged if you don’t seem to do well at first with your own practices. Sometimes you have to be in a relaxed frame of mind or feel comfortable with the person you are experimenting with. Sooner or later you will have a telepathic experience. Good luck and happy mind reading!