Re: FW: virus: Does God really exist?/Telepathy

ken sartor (
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 10:13:12 -0500

At 10:05 AM 8/23/96 BST, wrote:

>As I've said before, we know little of what the brain is capable of, and as
>someone else mentioned (I've got too many emails to sort through and find out
>who, so forgive me for not mentioning your name), the brain is so powerful, and
>so good at what it does, that it doesn't bother to tell us exactly what it's
>doing all the time. Since it does so many things that we don't know about,
>there is the scope for telepathy.

I wonder about this comment that we don't know what the brain is
doing. I think most of the 'unknown' capabilities are performing
mundane manager tasks, running the body. Conscious thinking is
small fraction of the whole job. (I never could figure out where
the phrase originated, you know something like "people only use
10% of their brains". Who made the measurements, and how?)

>Chris Anderson wrote:
>>I often wonder if it's like ripples in time. You can pick up something that
>>is about to happen because this wave/event is coming towards you and you get
>>a bit of warning through some sensory input.
>This is an idea that I must admit I havn't contemplated. But now I look at it,
>is seems like quite a good idea. The concept of something moving backwards in
>time is fairly difficult to grasp. Scientifically, so far, it's not considered
>possible, but many scientist have looked at the implementation of time travel
>quite seriously. If it could occur naturally (and many scientific discoveries
>do - although not all things, like artificial chemicals), then it's likely that
>we would encounter it eventually, due to the laws of probablitity.

This strikes me as the same *kind* of thing as believing in god (or
little green men). Time travel is unnecessary to explain any known
(macroscopic) phenomena. (I put the macroscopic disclaimer in to
avoid discussion of some quantum phenomena that are both VERY
hypothetical, misleading due to the language used, and irrelevant to
this discussion.)

I agree with Davids earlier post that telepathy is a natural phenomena
(subtle observations of the known senses) mistaken for something more.