Abilities outside the traditional senses have tantalized human imagination for decades, but all proof of paranormal human activity has been anecdotal for the most part. Or has it? While empirical data does exist for incidences of telepathic communication, it has been subject to numerous criticisms of validity and interpretation. However, despite a lack of available/reputable documentation of this meta-human potential, enthusiasm for the notion of direct, mind-to-mind communication remains undiminished.
While the ability to read another individual’s thoughts would offer a significant advantage in multiple scenarios, there exist less fantastic ways to accomplish similar results. Popularized by the dramatic television series “Lie to Me”, microexpression detection purportedly allows one to read individual behaviors with an accuracy that borders on the supernatural. The methodology in this field is built on the premise that detailed observation of inherent, involuntary physiological responses to carefully crafted interrogation will provide information about a person’s emotional state and/or motivations. Granted, this approach is influenced by the abilities of the investigator to direct questions and interpret subject response, but considering that base human emotions such as happiness, anger, or sadness are culturally universal in their expression, this approach may be an alluring alternative to the concept of outright mental telepathy.
A scientific study recently reported the discovery of magnetic receptors within pigeon brainstems that can detect several properties of magnetic fields, including direction, intensity and polarity. While this finding provides an important piece of the puzzle with respect to solving the mystery of how animals are able to intuitively migrate to the correct area of the globe when required, a more intriguing and fundamental idea that emerges from this is that the ability to detect magnetic fields is genetically encoded. It is well accepted that the brain is an electrical tissue, and this work with pigeons suggests that brains have the potential to be electromagnetic organs. While it would be within the realm of science fiction to suggest that the base components for telepathic machinery exist, when one considers the Wikipedia definition of “radio” to be “the transmission of signals through free space by electromagnetic waves…” it does lead the imagination to some interesting ideas regarding human telepathic potential.
The mystery behind bona fide human telepathy remains unresolved at this point in human evolution, as we are restricted to verbal and non-verbal channels of communication to get messages across to others. Even though facial cue recognition and body language interpretation doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as reading someone’s mind like a book (and having them read yours in the same way), mainstream acceptance of human telepathy will for the moment remain speculative until consistent, recordable demonstrations of direct mental communication can be found. Until then we can only imagine, and look forward to, what human potential remains undiscovered.