Supposing that telepathy is possible in the first place, how possible would it be for our current world to exist given that all women are telepathic, and men don't know this.

  • How would this societal state be maintained?
  • What would it imply about men's perception of society?
  • Why aren't women completely dominant in society?

Note: For the moment let's ignore the non-binariness of biological gender, and all the complexities implied by those who don't identify with their biological gender.

Let's just say that approximately half of all people are telepaths from birth. The other half don't know it. The telepathic half are not visibly in control and are, if anything, slightly less prioritised. And that in broad generality each person could identify whether the another person was telepathic, if they knew that telepathy existed.

  • $\begingroup$ As a general rule, any question that's asking after the implications of X across all of society is going to be too broad by half. $\endgroup$
    – Cadence
    Jun 17, 2019 at 22:42
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Worldbuilding. Click here to learn more about our culture and please read our meta posts about high concept questions and open-ended questions, which tend to be too subjective and broad. Also, it would take 4 seconds for men to discover women were telepathic, most likely because the odds are in my favor that out of the world's 3.5 billion women, one of them can't keep the secret. $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Jun 17, 2019 at 22:54
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, though closed, let me suggest a point of view. How viable is it? Perfectly viable. Society would develop from the stone ages to account for the female ability. What you're doing is making the mistake of thinking that our current society is in any way a starting point for that comparison. It isn't. That society would develop very, very differently from our present-day adventure (and the question of how is too broad, too. Basically, that's your novel). $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Jun 17, 2019 at 23:13
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    $\begingroup$ My issue with this question is not that it's too broad; I suspect it's not a world building question as I'm convinced I'm living in this world already. In point of fact, this scenario explains far too much of my real life for comfort and I'm going to start keeping a careful eye on half of those around me, watching for the clues. $\endgroup$
    – Tim B II
    Jun 18, 2019 at 0:52
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    $\begingroup$ ...half the population has telepathy, and the other half doesn't know it? Completely breaks suspension of disbelief, there would be too many scenarios where those with would share the knowledge with those without, from accidental slip of the tongue to vying for leverage or authority to personal loyalty or love. There might be scenarios which limit the knowledge in one soceity, maybe, kinda, sorta, with handwaving aplenty and suspiciously specific scenarios, but it's going to be impossible to make any kind of a clean division. $\endgroup$
    – Megha
    Jun 19, 2019 at 23:38


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