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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...