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Thought Experiment

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    Wilfionposted 5 years ago

    Having recently taken an interest in the possibility of the existence of psychic phenomena, although I have yet to make up my mind as to whether they actually exist, I thought it might be an idea to try an experiment here on HubPages, to test for such abilities.

    I have the idea that one person could think of an image, and then try and project it, via telepathy, in the hope that someone else might be able to pick up on it.  Maybe it would be an idea to allow for a certain number of people to guess, say 5, before the sender of the image says whether it has been guessed correctly.  Whether it has or not, someone else could then have a go at projecting an image. 

    I think it should become obvious quite quickly, if the experiment has been successful or not.  And it would have to rely on the person projecting the image being truthful as to whether anyone had picked up on the image. 

    The image could be of a well-known work of art, or a place, or a household object, or an animal - in fact anything at all.

    I hope this doesn't seem too far-fetched, and it is only meant as a sort of game, so nothing to be taken too seriously.  If anyone feels they want to try it, you could post, saying that you have thought of an image, and then see what happens.

    1. emrldphx profile image61
      emrldphxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'll have a go... I'm thinking of an image.

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        Wilfionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Are you thinking of the Statue of Liberty?

      2. Reality Bytes profile image93
        Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        You are thinking of a landscape?  sunset?

  2. aware profile image69
    awareposted 5 years ago

    is it a place?

  3. emrldphx profile image61
    emrldphxposted 5 years ago

    I'm too tired to sit here any longer attempting projection... I don't even know what that would feel like, smile

    I was thinking of a 2-liter soda bottle.

    I would imagine that projection to strangers through the internet could be more difficult than projecting to someone in person, but someone else can have a go at it.

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    Wilfionposted 5 years ago

    So not successful so far.  I'll have a go.

    1. emrldphx profile image61
      emrldphxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Haha, don't hate me for not picking one thing. Trying to clear my mind I had thoughts of a key and a plane. After clearing my mind the first thing that came to mind was a ruler, or something shaped like it.

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        Wilfionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        No, none of those.

  5. Reality Bytes profile image93
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    a shirt?

  6. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    OK, folks. I am thinking of a single-digit, positive number. I have written it down and am staring at it for precisely one minute.

    What is that number? I will post it in a minute or two.

    1. Reality Bytes profile image93
      Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      7

      1. emrldphx profile image61
        emrldphxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        3

    2. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I am replying to my own post so as to not see any of the answers (if there are any). The number I was thinking of is 6.

  7. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    So much for that... big_smile

    1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
      Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      8

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    Wilfionposted 5 years ago

    No, it doesn't look like this will work.  I was thinking of the Mona Lisa

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      Wilfionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      So, there are no Uri Gellers amongst us - thank goodness.

    2. Hollie Thomas profile image60
      Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I had completely misread this thread and was replying to PDS's post, whom I might add, had already given the answer. There is clearly no hope for me.

  9. emrldphx profile image61
    emrldphxposted 5 years ago

    I think it would be much more interesting to do this in person... at least that way you can feel like you're trying to tell something to a person, rather than just putting something 'out there' for someone else to pick up.

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      Wilfionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      There is also a negative to doing this in person.  There will always be the possibility that seeing the person who is projecting the image might enable the receiver to pick up on body language, even subconsciously.  And if you were familiar with the person, you might have an idea of the type of image they are more likely to project.  For instance, if the person is an artist, they might be more likely to project an image of a work of art.  And theoretically, if ESP exists, it shouldn't matter how far apart the people involved are.

      1. emrldphx profile image61
        emrldphxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Maybe, and maybe not... if thought is some kind of energy emitted from a person, maybe it diminishes with distance, just as smell, sight, and sound do...

        I've always thought that if my family becomes independently wealthy, we'll have to spend a few weeks trying to develop what we experienced when we were first together.

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        Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Years back, I was playing poker with three friends. We'd smoked a bowl and started a game where one person picked up their hand, thought of the wild cards they wanted called. After a moment, the dealer would then declare the wild cards.

        One guy, a nice but very gullible guy seemed to pick up the thoughts so well he always called the cards we were thinking of. I could never explain the incident without falling back on the fact that the only explanation was telepathy.

        1. emrldphx profile image61
          emrldphxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That happened to our family sometimes playing the card game rook. One time I had all green cards in my hand, and I called  out 'yellow'... other team took every trick...

          we always tried to project trump color.

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            Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I'm not surprised at your experience.

            I've had enough experiences to know that certain people definitely have more psychic abilities. And it seems it depends on who they are interacting with. The more open others are to the possibility, the greater the chance of success.

            1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
              Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Like Wilfion, I consider myself a sceptic, but I have had a reading in the past that was uncannily accurate. Try as I might, I cannot explain how this person could possibly have been so spot on about future, and past, events that happened to me. I think it's fair to say that just because we cannot explain a phenomena, does not mean that it is not valid. Just unexplained.

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    Emile Rposted 5 years ago

    Let'stry this from a different tack. Backwards. I think someone is thinking about pizza right now. Which one of you is it?

    1. emrldphx profile image61
      emrldphxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Wow... amazing. I have a cousin with a brother named Joe who ate pizza last night!

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        Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Oh. That's just spooky. I'm definitely psychic. smile

        1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
          Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Will you do me a reading? smile

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            Wilfionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Well, I once ate a pizza, in 1976, so you may have been thinking of me.

            1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
              Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              That must be absolutely right. smile

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            Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Well, I haven't really settled into my abilities; but I'll give it a shot. You are thinking about food, also. Fruit Loops maybe?

            1. emrldphx profile image61
              emrldphxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Nope, you read me. Fruit loops have the tucan which is a kind of bird and my son is watching Donald Duck right now.

            2. Hollie Thomas profile image60
              Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Ah, I was actually thinking about red wine. I have an unopened bottle in the kitchen, should I, or should I not, pour a glass. Hey, wine is produced using fruit- You are gifted lol

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                Wilfionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                You have a bottle of wine, and it remains unopened.  Well that doesn't make sense at all.  I am predicting that it will be open within ten minutes.

                1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                  Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  You were quite correct. Opened immediately after I posted.

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                Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                lol Thanks. I think your avatar messed up the signal. I saw fruit and Toucan Sam in the same vision.

                1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                  Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  You are still gifted, you saw fruit depite the obstruction. smile

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    Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago

    Wanna know what I'm thinking?


    This thread is so funny and such fun!  lol

    1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
      Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It is, nice for us all to be lighthearted. smile

 
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