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.

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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.”

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