ace asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 month ago

Why is it normal to assume telepathy is pseudoscience ?

Wif works doesn't it it's a receiver from a distance that picks up a signal and transfer that into data. Who is to say that an under developed part of our brain that works with some people just doesn't pick up that data as thought into our subconscious and turns that into a something vague? I have experienced this many times to be real enough from when non verbal communication is out of the question.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    "Wif" -- by which I assume you meant "wifi" -- works because there are two or more devices that are SPECIFICALLY BUILT to send and receive messages in the electromagnetic spectrum.  We can take apart a wifi transmitter and identify the parts that send the encoded signals.  There is no such transmitter in the human brain, and believe me, scientists have looked.  They've scanned the human brain in loads of different frequencies, and they've NEVER detected the brain broadcasting in any coherent sense.

    "Who is to say that an under developed part of our brain that works with some people just doesn't pick up that data as thought into our subconscious and turns that into a something vague?"

    Neuroscientists say that, for one.  Baseless speculation does not trump decades of hard-won scientific evidence.  Just because you WANT it to be true, that doesn't mean it IS.

    "I have experienced this many times to be real enough from when non verbal communication is out of the question."

    No you haven't.  You've experienced wishful thinking, coincidences, and confirmation bias.  Telepathy isn't real.  If it were real, we'd know SOMETHING about it. We might not know precisely how it works, but we'd have documented evidence that it DOES work, not just anecdotes from people who desperately want to believe.

    While we're at it: remote viewing, telekinesis, clairvoyance, and any other synonym for "made-up BS" aren't real either.  Time to stop deluding yourself, ace.

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  • 1 month ago

    One of the golden rules in science is that new discoveries must be consistent with prior discoveries. Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was only taken seriously when it was used to explain a prior obsevation about Mercury's orbit close to the Sun, and made a prediction on how starlight would 'bend' around the Sun.

    The problem with telepathy is that we know the brain is electrochemical. How does a person detect the chemical part of that process to 'read' what a person is thinking? We have to use fMRI machines to induce flips in magnetic moments of molecules to do that, so it seems very unlikely humans have the ability to induce physical changes at a distance that allow them to 'read' the chemical state of a brain in realtime. 

    That leaves the electrical part. To detect those, we have to put sensors on the scalp or have sensors close to the skull. The EM fields are very weak. The problem is that neurons are so closely packed that we get a general picture of 'waves' ... in other words, we detect mass firing patterns. In order to read a thought or an image, telepaths would have to be able to detect those patterns at a distance, scrutinize the electrical activity from different parts of the brain simultaneously which is very difficult at a distance since the EM waves would get mashed together, and then have enough neural capacity in their own brain to not only deal with their own thoughts but those of another person. None of which seems remotely possible.

    So if telepathy exists it probably can't involve any process currently understood by science. It almost certainly wouldn't involve a sensitivity to chemical or electrical activity in the brain. It would be a very different process.

    Before anyone could identify that process, we'd need to see if telepathy exists at all. Believers in such things like to tell themselves that science has never investigated. Problem is ... people have looked at telepathy for more than a century. Intelligence agencies ran trials in the 60s. In fact, a lot of Philip K. Dick's novels and short stories are based on the idea that drugs could be used to unlock these abilities of the mind. 

    But we've come up with zilch. Nothing. Nada.

    No evidence the phenomenon exists. No real possibility that phenomenon could be explained by known physical processes. No model or theory that can be tested in terms of alternative hypothetical processes.

    Scientists around the globe are therefore largely of the opinion there are more productive things to be doing and other topics requiring research.

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  • cosmo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    When some phenomenon has been searched for by people who believe in it, and it has never been shown to exist under controlled experiments, the scientific consensus is that phenomenon does not exist.  People who nevertheless believe it exists often continue the search, and sometimes become excited by statistically-marginal or totally bogus or anecdotal results --- that's when it becomes pseudoscience --- badly done science that apparently contradicts numerous previous results.  Extraordinary claims, especially extraordinary claims that contradict extensive previous results, require extraordinary evidence.  Making extraordinary claims on the basis of bad or marginal data is pseudoscience.

    It requires careful discipline to not fool yourself into believing something you want to believe.

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  • Paul
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because of the fact that there is zero scientific evidence supporting the idea.

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  • 1 month ago

    I guess because it is Scientific Pseudosis?

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  • 1 month ago

    If you, and some of the other responders  on here are so  convinced that telepathy exists, then why don't some of you get together and SHOW the sceptics among us that it really works. 

    It would not be difficult to devise a simple experiment to demonstrate that thoughts can be transmitted directly from one adept person to another.

    Oh, just a  minute ; that HAS been tried, many times, and it has always FAILED. That is why it is no more than pseudoscience.

    Look up the Society for Psychical Research, more than 100 years old, for  details of its failures.  Or the work of the American J B Rhine in the 1930s.  You should have no trouble in showing where they all went wrong, if you are so convinced.  A Nobel Prize probably awaits!

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  • Jim
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I would offhand say Yes, BUT I have experienced this on a number of occasions. No joke.

    And I'm about as scientific as you get.

    Source(s): Nuclear physicist, mathematician, system engineer, and professor.
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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Well, the thing is, we have no idea what conditions are needed for it, so we cannot do any experiment to recreate it.

    and to some people.... "we have no proof that it exists" is considered the same as "we have proof that it doesn't exist"

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  • MARK
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Telepathy is absolute and total nonsense. The reason being is it lacks something that is vitally important for credible science. It lacks evidence. It is completely and absolutely lacking in evidence.

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  • 1 month ago

    To answer your question "Who is to say" then all of medical science.

    There is no evidence whatsoever that telepathy exists or is possible.

    Also, the same for magic.

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