Friday, September 5, 2014


I do not mean to unduly excite you, and please remember all the caveats about an original study and all that jazz. So stay very very calm when I tell you that scientists appear to have created telepathy in a lab holy crap.

The source study is here, if you're up for the reading, but what's happened in essence is a guy in India got hooked up to some electrodes and he thought of two words- 'hola' and 'ciao', expressed as their binary-code equivalents in zeroes and ones. Three subjects in France had the output from that hookup implanted into their brains via transcranial magnetic stimulation were then tasked with replicating those binary sequences, which, of course, they did successfully with no further stimulation or else I wouldn't be bringing it up.

You'll note that 'hola' and 'ciao' are neither Hindi or French.

The writeup in Gizmag, done by Ben Coxworth, recalls a study done last year at the University of Washington- also reported by Coxworth- in which a man was able to mentally move another person's hand through a Skype connection (and a bunch of electrodes). So this isn't the first study related to this kind of thing, and while we need to study this more, holy jebus the excitement.

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