Scientists Reportedly Conduct World's First Successful Telepathy Experiment

One subject was aware of the other’s thoughts, despite a 4,000 mile distance between the two.

new-hdc-logo
Haaretz
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Telepathy illustration.
Telepathy illustration.Credit: Dreamstime
new-hdc-logo
Haaretz

Harvard University scientists claim to have conducted the world's first successful telepathy experiment, sending a "mental message" between two people over a distance of some 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers).

In the experiment, the minds of two people – one in Mumbai, India and the other in Paris, France – were connected over the Internet, with each wearing an identical headset.

When the first person thought of a greeting – “ciao,” Italian for “hello,” - the recipient in France was aware of the thought occurring, according to a report in the journal PLOS One.

The subject receiving the message could not comprehend the word itself, but his brain displayed flashes of light corresponding to the exact moment when the word “ciao” was being thought.

The Harvard scientists maintain that the technology can be used to transmit information from one person’s brain to another.

Giulio Ruffini, a theoretical physicist and co-author of the research, said: “It is kind of technological realization of the dream of telepathy, but it is definitely not magical. We are using technology to interact electromagnetically with the brain.”

Harvard neurology professor and research co-author Alvaro Pascual-Leone said they wanted to see if they could use “existing pathways” to find out if “one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second person.”

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

בנימין נתניהו השקת ספר

Netanyahu’s Israel Is About to Slam the Door on the Diaspora

עדי שטרן

Head of Israel’s Top Art Academy Leads a Quiet Revolution

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

Skyscrapers in Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv.

Israel May Have Caught the Worst American Disease, New Research Shows

ג'אמיל דקוור

Why the Head of ACLU’s Human Rights Program Has Regrets About Emigrating From Israel

ISRAEL-VOTE

Netanyahu’s Election Win Dealt a Grievous Blow to Judaism