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The only possible way to get money while respecting this ridiculous moral code would be to become a magician. Not only would you be able to easily get permission from the audience to "read their minds" (that is why they came to see your amazing magic show) and you wouldn't have to reveal that you were a true telepath (because magic isn't real, silly! It's ...


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Having a telepath would be a great advantage, but it does not guarantee victory. The same dangers that all wars face apply here as well. For instance, even if you know what your enemies are going to do, you may not know who your enemies are. If your warlord isn't careful, they could easily walk straight into a trap set by an unknown foe. Assassins would ...


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"Some kind of exotic particle? Or perhaps a form of gravity that we haven't encountered yet?" I'd go way more realistic: make it a virus, (maybe developed by some weird apocaliptic cult), and there you go. Wikipedia states that Aphasia is an inability to comprehend or formulate language because of damage to specific brain regions Which is perfectly ...


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If the collective mind contains memories of people, well... It contains what people remember, not the factual truth. This poses multiple problems: Conflicting memories, which may either be mutually destroyed upon merger, or lead to great levels of confusion; Poor attention. You have found the memories of the sole witness of whatever, but they didn't see the ...


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The tone of the voice covers an estimated of 38-40% of our communication (depending on research), this is a common problem sending E-Mails in corporation since the mind and state of the receiver compensate with their own state and voice, given that a friendly E-mail sent to a person in an less than optimal state can receive it the wrong way. I would assume ...


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It is Difficult Mind-links may take a lot of energy and effort to maintain or establish. Maybe a mind link requires a large amount of energy, requiring those with the mind-link to consume a lot more food to maintain it. We're talking about at least another meal's worth of food. It is Uncomfortable Mind-links are dangerous, because such direct ...


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The Problem: Telepathy is defined as "Transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses". That leaves some form of communication not detectable by human senses, though not necessarily some form of communication not detectable by human technology. The question also specifies evolution of such ...


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There is only one "shield" (or "firewall" in more modern parlance) between the telepaths. Once a person acknowledges a ping and forms a connection, both parties have unlimited read-access to each other's knowledge, memories, emotions and even the current input from their senses. That access ends as soon as the connection is severed, but while it is ...


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Thoughts are nebulous and personal, language is ordered and shared. Your brain doesn't produce thoughts one at a time in well-formed sequences with clear meanings. Many things are going on at the same time, all mixing together. Sensory input is processed all the time, triggering anything from memories and emotions to instincts, learned behaviors and ...


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To communicate information which is not personal or individual. The businesses and organisations in this world don't want to employ someone to constantly communicate telepathically that you should 'push' rather than 'pull' the door to enter the building. The same goes for prices of items one may wish to purchase; advertising communications; media ...


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Telepathy is actually a little easier to imagine as actually biologically feasible. We have technology now that can 'read' your brain. There are several different kinds, with differing levels of success. So having an organ that can 'read' the same impulses could possibly happen. Add to that the ability to sense pheromones and other body chemistry more ...


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The fact that your aliens need to build a device proves that they do not possess a natural inborn ability for telepathy without technical support. Therefore, in their whole evolutionary development and before technically advancing for enough to develop such device they had to communicate by means of speech and writing. This makes speaking and writing the ...


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One of the more common symptoms of certain kinds of stroke or TIEs (Transient Ischemic Episodes) is aphasia - for you, this is perfect - you should have a prion disease which selectively targets that brain region, and causes a ton of small bleeders... in specific, the area your prion disease should attack is called Wernicke’s area. Damage to the Wernicke'...


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Read the histories of the oracles and you'll see they have certain quirks. Consider Cassandra, her curse was that her predictions were always accurate but that nobody would ever believe her. Other oracles were known for giving riddles or predictions that couldn't be interpreted until it was too late. Your Oracles can see clearly into the past, but not so ...


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Assuming telepathy is a better version of speaking, and there are no disadvantages in comparison, (Range is non-issue, clarity is same or better, ability to control how much others hear, or, just a very understanding society) I don't think there would still be a fully developed language, but I have two topics it may still have an impact on which exist today. ...


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Drop the stealing and go for an honest way of earning money. ANY theft would breach this guy's code as it would have a negative ripple effect. For example: Steal $1000 from a store owner. To make his loss back he will have to inflate his prices, drop his workers' pay or sell inferior products. This gets worse when you steal from criminals. So lets look at ...


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Everyone? Really? EVERYONE? So, better coverage than voice is in current humans? ie: no Deaf, no mutes? If you have mental disabilities (ie: can't broadcast/can't receive), then those people will get/develop language (probably, assuming they aren't killed as subhuman animals (or demons); if other people can't detect that they have thoughts). ...


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Telepathy There are many ways to handle telepathy. In fact, talking is a form of telepathy - forming a path between two brains - by using an actuator and a sensor on each end. If we could sense and change electromagnetic fields, or quantum couplings, or something similar, we wouldn't consider it a form of telepathy - it would simply be a method of ...


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No matter how trained they are using the device, they still have to communicate with the untrained ones (mainly children) who have not mastered the device. They still have to read books, reports, etc .. Make documentaries, e.g. films, recordings, documentary programs, etc, music They communicate via language, even if telepatically. Meaning, thoughts are ...


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It's very simple for two reasons. Reason 1: It is a collective memory of DEAD people. You can't remember the juicy details about your hot neighbour or the bank account numbers of a rich celebrity if they didn't die. You could get some information on the enemy troops after people have died, but you can't be sure how accurate that information is depending on ...


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1: Lots of suicides almost immediately when people figure out the implications. Anyone who ever did anything that they're exceptionally terrified of others finding out about etc. 2: Lots of lynchings. In the UK mobs will be charging through the streets setting pedophiles and potential pedophiles on fire. 3: Even more lynchings. There is no longer such a ...


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Rather than some disease or mental condition, what if the aphasia was brought about by the collapse of technology? Imagine that most or all the planet has progressed to the point that everyone communicates by way of a sort of technological telepathy. They have brain augmentations that detect when they are trying to convey a message or expression to someone ...


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First, all of human history is...BIG. So what you'd want is specialists in particular areas of history. Here's some fixes: Time. You've got history, but immediate history is more difficult and confused to access. If you get anything at all, it's fractured. As time goes by, it gains clarity. 100 years ago is clearer than 1 year ago as the timelines of all ...


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I'm going to ignore the telepath because on that scale she's largely redundant. Power at a point is good, when you have a target you wish to use it against, but here we're talking about the whole world so: No Simply because the technology at the time would not allow for the logistics required to run an empire on that scale. By the time you've taken your ...


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and it's a far better way of communication, Until the advertisers are in your brain every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every month of every year FOR YOUR WHOLE DAMNED LIFE. (As usual, Futurama has something to say about it... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvqYmrSjXv4) And you have no secrets from anyone. Ever. So... no. It's a ...


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So the ability you two have got is communication without any physical/known channel. Making money with this ability is relatively easy, however gaining power is quite a different (and complex) thing. Here are some of the methods you can use to win a lot of money in little time. 1- Chess Yes, chess. Both of you guys learn some chess (beginner level is ...


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Disclaimer: May cause Fatigue "The TeleTransmitor3000© runs on the energy available in your body, specifically your brains energy. Sending information will use up some of that energy and beginning users might experience some fatique after prolonged usage. It is recommended to use regular communication for short distance interactions to preserve energy." ...


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/I need to limit this system to the big moves and shakes of history./ Signal strength increases with number of participants. Imagine flying along at 10,000 feet. You cannot see a man lighting his cigarette. But you can see 5000 concert goers lifting their lighters for a torch song. So too events. Participant number increases signal strength. If you ...


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Become a Psychologist that specializes in corporate officers; you can ask if it is okay to read their mind; charge them for it, help them, and then make insider trades based on what they know.


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