Telepathy and How it Does or Does Term Paper

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telepathy and how it does or does not really exist in the world we live. There are various schools of thought discussed in this paper to highlight the concept of this term that has been there for many centuries.

The term "telepathy" was coined in 1882 by W.H Myers, who was also one of the founding members of the society for Psychical Research. Telepathy is a Greek term, tele means 'distant' and pathe means 'feeling'. Many different researchers began to take interest in telepathy when many enthralled by the phenomenon of mesmerism.

This new scientific subject began to pick up momentum when other psychologists and psychiatrists were observing the same phenomena in their patients. Sigmund Fraud also observed telepathy in his own son and felt that this issue needed to be delved into in greater depth. After studying telepathy he came to the conclusion that this is a phenomena that may have been lost or completely ignored in the process of evolution of mankind but could not be said to be recessive because it can become active under certain conditions. Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung considered it more important because it was linked with the performance of synchronicity.

In 1885, the American Society for Psychical Research took up the task of studying the psychic phenomenon of telepathy. This was done in a very simple manner by placing a sender in one room, who was given the task of transmitting a two-digit number, a taste, or a visual image to a receiver in another room. Soon after, a French physiologist Charles Richet found a connection between mathematics and telepathy and also discovered that telepathy was independent of hypnotism.

Following the World War I, interest in telepathy grew considerably because the bereaved family members of the war victims sought refuge in spiritualism as a means to communicate with their dead loved ones. Also, the telepathic parlor game called "willing" became popular amongst the masses. The increased interest in this new area also led many mass telepathic experiments conducted in the United States and Britain.

The psychic phenomena known as telepathy, is a mode of communication which takes place between minds, or mind-to-mind communication. The form of communication is through various thoughts, ideas, feelings, sensations and mental images. Telepathic evidence is found world over in writings and also oral lore. Even in the 21st century telepathy in tribal societies such as the Aborigines of Australia acknowledge telepathy to be part of the human mind, however, in more educated societies it is considered as a special gift from God given mainly to mystics and psychics. Although, this phenomenon has not been scientifically proven, it continues to be researched in the area of psychology.

Experimental findings:

Most often telepathy takes place in a person's mind when there is some kind of crisis or in situations where a relative or friend may have been injured or killed in an accident. At times, some people can see signs and become aware of the danger that may be posed at another person from a distance. However, information of this kind does not come in direct streams but in small broken or discontinuous thought fragments to tell us that something is wrong through our dreams, visions, hallucinations, mental images, in clairaudience, or simply in small hints that arise into the mind. When such information comes into the person's mind, the reaction that occurs causes a person to change the course as planned, this can be changing our daily schedule, or confide in another person about what was seen. There is some evidence that telepathy can occur between humans and animals.

Telepathy is closely linked with the individual's emotional side. This is for both the sender and receiver of telepathy. In most cases women were observed to be the receivers in the experiments conducted, this could perhaps be because women are naturally more emotional and are more so dependant on their inherent feelings than men are. Geriatric telepathy is a branch of telepathy, which is connected with the impairment of the senses with increasing age.

According to research findings, telepathy takes place when a person is in the state of dreaming. This phenomeno is linked to varying biological factors, the blood-volume changes when telepathic messages are being sent, while electroencephalogram monitoring indicate that the brain waves of the recipient change to match those of the sender. Also, dissociative drugs have an adverse impact on telepathy, while caffeine has a positive effect on it.

During the 1930's, ESP experiments carried out by J.B. Rhine led to new discoveries in telepathy: Before these experiments it was difficult to understand whether the information was communicated through telepathy, clairvoyance, or precognitive clairvoyance; this experiment proved that telepathy and clairvoyance were essentially the same psychic function exhibited in a different manner.

A telepathic experiment conducted during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 proved distance is not a barrier. The experiment was not authorized by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), nor was it announced until the mission was completed. Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell conducted the experiment with four recipients on Earth, 150,000 miles below. Mitchell concentrated on sequences of twenty-five random numbers. He completed 200 sequences. Guessing 40 correctly was the mean chance. Two of the recipients guessed 51 correctly. This far exceeded Mitchell's expectations, but still was only moderately significant.


One of the most conflicting issues regarding telepathy is that throughout many centuries there are various theories that aim to explain this unusual phenomenon, however in reality the truth is that have been able to do this completely; there is still a lot lacking and yet to be discovered. Telepathy is one psychic phenomenon that transcends time and space. It goes back in time to where ancient Greek philosopher Democritus stated his theories to explain telepathy, followed by the thoughts of the British chemist and physicist William Crookes in the 19th century, who believed that thought telepathy traveled in a similar manner as brain waves. The findings from the 19th century led to the discoveries in the 20th century made by the Soviet scientist L.L. Vasilies who proposed the electromagnetic theory.

Telepathy is defined as the direct transference of thought from one person (sender or agent) to another (receiver or percipient) without using the usual sensory channels of communication, hence a form of extrasensory perception (ESP). While the existence of telepathy has not yet been proved, some Para psychological research studies have produced favorable results using such techniques as card guessing with a special deck of five sets of five cards. The agent may simply think of a random order of the five card symbols while the percipient tries to think of the order on which the agent is concentrating.

In a general ESP test the sender concentrates on the face of one card at a time while the receiver tries to think of the symbol. Both subjects are, of course, separated by a screen or some greater obstacle or distance. Scores significantly above chance are extremely rare, particularly as testing methods have become more rigorous.

Precognition is knowledge about future events but not on foretelling the future but simply explaining what is in already in store.

There is an old traditional belief about foreseeing the future in dreams and by other ways such as by the flight of birds or examining the insides of sacrificial animals.

Telepathy is a feeling that arises from within because it is used as a survival mechanism since it uses mind to mind contact as a mode of communication to think about what is our means using the five physical senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell.

Telepathic abilities gained through sufficient practice. It is a lot like the 'lock and key mechanism' employed in enzymes. For some it comes naturally while in other people it is a skill that needs to be developed through different meditation techniques and learning to use the mind in all the right ways.

The reason why some people can easily manifest telepathy while others cannot is because of the fact that human DNA cannot be made to function as we like and that is why there are very few natural telepaths. Precognitive dreams ate those that bring telepathic messages and those that are closely related to the world are called 'collective dreams'.

Sometimes in our dreams we see the messages that our deceased relatives or friends bring through communication or by using symbols. In dreams, one can meet up with spirits and share information. It's a totally different experience.

As your consciousness returns to the physical body the lower your get to your body - the more it slows down...slower...and slower... until you enter your consciousness mind and wake up in the sluggish place - we call 3D. It is here that the concept of linear time exists. You can best understand this by remembering that in your dreams - you move from event to event but time is not marked. There is no time beyond 3D as frequency…

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