Telepathy was traceable to vedic period in Indian literature and was slightly hinted at in a Bollywood film “Munnabhai MBBS” when hero Sanjay Dutt in a hospital wishes that heroine should turn back and give him one more look before exiting. It gets to her as if he was calling and she does turn around to look at him.
Telepathy has been proved today and Hollywood films which had shown only ETs or extra-terrestrial beings possessing the telepathy will now have to amend the rule to humans too.
Now scientifically too it is proved possible for the first time, though at a rudimentary level, by researchers at Harvard University who were able to send a simple message “halo” or hello and “ciao” or bye in brain-to-brain communication without any contact in distantly positioned two personfrom India to France.
“It is kind of technological realisation of the dream of telepathy, but it is definitely not magical,” thumped Giulio Ruffini, a theoretical physicist and co-author of the research paper from Barcelona.
Since precise brain stimulation techniques are now available for the realization of non-invasive computer-brain interfaces (CBI), have been achieved with the help of a computer.
The experiment was conducted with a person in India wearing wireless electro-encephalogram, or EEG, would think a simple greeting, such as “Hello” and “Bye” and they get into digital binary code of 0 and 1 combination that was sent by email. At the receiving end in France, the second person could see flashes of light in his vision and translated them into “hola” or “ciao” in French meaning the same. So, language is immaterial here and feelings get translated.
“In a series of experiments, we established internet-mediated B2B communication by combining a BCI based on voluntary motor imagery-controlled electroencephalographic (EEG) changes with a CBI inducing the conscious perception of phosphenes (light flashes) through neuronavigated, robotized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with special care taken to block sensory (tactile, visual or auditory) cues,” explained researcher in their abstract published in PLOS ONE journal.
Once it is fully developed, the research will wide open an arena of new research venues in cognitive, social and clinical neuroscience and the scientific study of consciousness. “We envision that hyperinteraction technologies will eventually have a profound impact on the social structure of our civilization and raise important ethical issues,” they said.
The experiment sought to find out if it is possible to communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from the first person and injecting brain activity into the second person. Co-author Alvaro Pascual-Leone, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, said: “One such pathway is, of course, the internet.”
“We hope that in the longer term this could radically change the way we communicate with each other,” Prof. Giulio Ruffini said.