Sunday, August 17, 2008

Telepathy in popular culture

Telepathy is normally used in fiction, with a quantity of superheroes and supervillains, as well as figures in many science literature novels, etc., use telepathy. Notable fictional telepaths take in the Jedi in Star Wars. The procedure of telepathy in fiction varies widely. Some fictional telepaths are restricted to receiving only opinion that is deliberately sent by other telepaths or even to getting thoughts from a precise other person. For example, in Robert A. Heinlein's 1956 novel Time for the Stars, certain pairs of twin are able to send telepathic post to each other. Some telepaths can read the opinion only of those they touch. At the opposite end of the spectrum, some telepathic characters incessantly sense the opinion of those around them and may manage or dampen this ability only with complexity, or not at all. In such cases, telepathy is often portraying as a mixed approval or as a curse.

Some fictional telepaths have mind control ability, which can include "pushing" opinion, feelings, or hallucinatory visions into the brain of another person, causing pain, paralysis, or unconsciousness, altering or erase memories, or totally taking over another person's mind and body . Examples of this type of telepath contain the Carpathians from the novel in the Dark Series, the White Queen beginning Marvel Comics. Characters with this capability may or may not also have the capability to read thoughts.

Technological Telepathy is also at hand in science fiction, typically connecting the usage of neural implant of some description. A good model is the Conjoiners in the Revelation Space sequence by Alastair Reynolds. Conjoiners rely on their technical telepathy to the amount that they no longer in fact speak. Certain Conjoiners are clever to read attack and control the mind of other Conjoiners and machines using digital attack, often having similar effect to other telepaths in literature.

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