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Questions tagged [telepathy]

This tag should be used for questions about communications between two or more individuals that are using only their minds as a mean to transmit information.

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Ways to spot non-sentient, non-conscious, telepathic shapeshifters [on hold]

In my world, there is a race of shapeshifting creatures, capable of convincingly looking like normal humans in order to lure them and prey upon them. These creatures, however, are non-sentient and non-...
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Why would telepaths have difficulty communicating with each other? [closed]

Humans in this world are born with the ability to communicate telepathically. The range and skill grows with age and practice, with adults being able to communicate between 5 - 7 ft. An individual can ...
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How to exploit a slight but definite precognitive ability?

In an interesting question here, @Masclins asks how two twins who can each experience and perceive everything the other is sensing or thinking might be able to exploit their ability. I want to ask a ...
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Biological touch based high bandwidth communication

My alien race is supposed to have the ability to communicate a lot of information extremely fast, more akin to uploading something to your partner's mind than telling him. This should happen via ...
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If everyone has telekinesis, how would people fight? (1v1, wars, etc)

Main Goal: A general idea of fighting, or a specific example of a fight that fits (like general strategies all use, or a single fight where "fast users" beat "strong users". Traps laid in advance, or ...
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Is that possible to make a world in which no one needs to speak? [closed]

In my ideal world, everyone will be very very Intelligent. By that I mean everyone can think and feel what other people around them think and feel, so no one needs to talk with each other. Everyone ...
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How can I prevent an oracle who can see into the past from knowing everything that has happened?

Our study of human history has numerous problems. 99% of history isn’t recorded. Writing has been around only for 5 thousand years, and much of what we know comes from archaeological evidence. ...
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What could cause an entire planet of humans to become aphasic?

I'm working on a story in which there is some sort of planetary erosion of language. Humans lose the ability to communicate verbally (orally and written). They can remember having language, can even ...
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Advanced psionic system and psionic grenades

So I'm creating a world in which an advanced psionic system exists. On a distant planet there was an AI rebellion resulting in the death of 95% of the planet's population and the remaining survivors ...
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How would 'Normal' people stop/confound/hinder my telepaths?

The telepaths can read the minds of anyone with less Teep power than they have. I.E. Weak Telepaths can have their minds read by stronger ones, and every telepath can read a 'normal' mind. The ...
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Why would a telepathic species use spoken language? [duplicate]

I'm currently designing an advanced alien civilization that has achieved telepathy. The idea is that each one of their species has a small device merged with their brain that can allow them to ...
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What can go wrong if everyone's pleasure and suffering was intertwined? [closed]

Context We're approaching the technological capability to build digital interfaces to the brain. A future government body introducing a new mandate that leverages these devices to somehow guarantees ...
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How would an alien telepathic race attempt to communicate with Earth on first contact? [closed]

I have been asked to clarify "effective". "I have an alien contact concept running where they are telepathic. Right now I have imagery being sent mind to mind, but the only thing I can think of is ...
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“Realistic” telepathy [closed]

In my WIP series, there’s a symbol that causes the atoms composing your body to basically teleport in a loop, the result being that your mind can extend outside your body wherever/whenever you will it ...
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Will a language built on organized synesthesia be viable for noumena conveyance through empathic telepathy? [closed]

Language in the most primal sense of the word, is a convention for communication between separate entities. Humans have the most developed languages. We have dialects and jargons too many to count, ...
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A world with (some) telepaths [closed]

Could a telepath make another (non-telepathic person) appear to have telepathy? It would seem to require the telepath to not only read someone's thoughts, but also WRITE thoughts to a person as well. ...
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Telepathic society implications on literature and verbal types of communication [closed]

I am reading Asimov's Foundation, in his books he describes a mentalist society where individuals using their brains in order to read others' minds and feelings, and to communicate with each other. ...
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Would a society of empaths have names?

My world has a society of mages that can only communicate through empathy. They communicate by reading and projecting the "internal voice", effectively deriving their information from telepathic ...
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Are there any planets that are similar to Earth but with high amounts of metal discovered yet? [closed]

I have a species that I am currently creating that uses telepathy. They would need high amounts of metal in their habitat to be able to communicate the way they do. Humans would also need to visit ...
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Why would a psychic subspecies of humanity choose not to communicate telepathically? [duplicate]

Human beings have the ability to communicate with their minds. This form of telepathy is quick and efficient, relying on concepts and ideas rather than words. A person can mindlink with others in ...
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What would a society of mind-readers look like? [closed]

It's the year 2XXX. A small island nation isolated from the rest of the world has developed technology, evolved, or genetically engineered theirselves to be capable of telepathy. The only problem is ...
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What would an organ linking the nervous systems of two people look like?

Image people with roughly the same brain and nervous system layout as a human as a first approximation using the same kinds of cells and chemicals, etc. But, these people have organs that can ...
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Would ultrasonic nasal communication work? (*De facto* telepathy.)

Lots of animals, e.g. dogs, can hear sounds beyond the frequencies that humans can hear. Would it be realistic to have a basically humanoid species which had two sets of vocal cords - one similar to ...
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Telepath wants to steal money morally [closed]

Let's say we have a simple Telepath (mind control and reading). This Telepath is not interested in being a superhero. He doesn't want to mess around with stopping criminals and stuff because he has a ...
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What are possible ways to hack a telepathic transmission or communication? [closed]

According to this dictionary, Telepathy means a way of communicating thoughts directly from one person's mind to another person's mind without using words or signals If we consider this definition ...
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How would telepathy work without a common language?

An ethereal, higher dimensional entity assumed human form and came to present-day Earth for a visit; this entity could not speak human languages nor possessed any sort of universal translator. It ...
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Is magnetic telepathy possible?

So I have a story about humans far off in the future on a different planet that have evolved to be more in tune with electromagnetism and magnetism. Their technology mostly works because of magnetism. ...
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How to kill a telepathic, defended Person

In my little world, the country is run by oppressive dictator-government (Not Post-Brexit!) Even rebellious thoughts are a crime punishable by death (It follows the Morpokian view that the punishment ...
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Exploit telepathy between twins

Let me introduce myself. I have a twin. We are around our 30's. Even though we are pretty similar (and it's rather obvious we are twins) we are easily distinguishable if you pay enough attention. The ...
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Could a warlord with access to telepathy take over the world?

In Katy Towells Short story, The Winterlord, a warlord is able to take over the whole world. He is apparently able to do this because he has a telepath on his side. She is able to predict with 100% ...
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Is it possible to lie telepathically?

In a world where people can feel each other's thoughts and emotions, is it possible to lie? Is it possible to think something different to what you really think? It doesn't make sense... When you lie ...
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Scientifically-plausible alien telepathy

A caveat I will begin this question with is this: this system MUST be entirely organic. In fact it must be EVOLVED. Therefore Ghost in the Shell or Metal Gear-style nanocomms or cranial implants are a ...
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What do I call this type of Telepathy? [closed]

I am writing a book with my friends that has telepathy as a main element. What would you call someone who only has the ability to read the thoughts that others are thinking at that time? Thus, ...
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Suddenly, everyone in a world can know the thoughts of everyone else. What happens? [closed]

The actual question is concrete and comes at the end, but first, I will explain the premise in detail. This fictional world is the same as our Earth. It has the same history. The same conditions. ...
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World where everyone can know what everyone is thinking [closed]

In this question all humans have had this ability for as long as there have been humans. I've also posted a separate, different, question where the power is exactly the same, but all of humanity ...
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How would a culture with telepathy evolve language? [closed]

Assume that in this culture that everyone can read minds and project images into the minds of others. Can there be a way for such a culture to evolve speech?
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What characteristics would a telepathic, energy-absorbing race of aliens have?

A race of aliens exists on a distant planet whose biological functioning depends on absorbing a specific type of energy. They have what is essentially an antenna through which they passively absorb ...
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Can telepathy and telekinesis exist in biological creatures?

I would like to create a sentient creature with telepathy and/or telekinesis. Can either (or both) of these concepts exist biologically? If yes, what would the biological mechanism be? Would a ...
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Would people develop spoken language if everyone was telepathic?

Let's assume for a moment that humans developed telepathy as part of our divergence from apes and becoming bipedal. Like intelligence, that evolutionary trait was powerful, leading to it quickly ...
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How would organic EM transmitters/recievers be different than our mechanical ones

Modern mechanical EM transmitters, like radio towers and radar guns, rely on finely tuned mechanical structures. If these structures do not have the right shapes, the device fails to function. ...
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How do creatures with a hive mind communicate?

Suppose we have a civilisation which is made up of many creatures sharing a single hive mind. Each creature can see, hear and remember what each other member of the species (or possibly hive) has seen ...