Yes, mind reading. But it’s not what you are thinking. (See, I can read your mind.)
The telepathy I mean uses technologies for mind-to-mind communication. This is the only telepathy most of us have ever experienced. We send our thoughts to other minds by using text on paper or the computer screen, sending our voice over the phone. Soon enough we may use direct neural links between our brains with the help of a computer. These are all examples of Technologically-Mediated Telepathy, or TMT for short
So apologies if you came here looking for testimony about getting thoughts directly and without mediation from one mind to another in the science-fiction, ESP, fantastical sense.
The phonetic alphabet, for example, was an unbelievably disruptive invention for both opening the mind to new ways to express itself, and getting those expressions into the minds of others. I think of the origin of the alphabet as a model for understanding aspects of revolutions ushered in by all future communication technologies.
Among these blogs, I also travel down by-roads into
- the future of media
- the feedback loop between mind and media
- the conquest of the electromagnetic spectrum
- science and religion
- quasi-heretical or at least under-informed readings of the Talmud, and Jewish histories and mysteries that flow from the highly alphabetized culture of the Jews owing to the fact that they invented the alphabet, or at least were the first fully alphabetized culture, and
- occasional political rants without apologies but against my better judgment.
I’m the author of The Soft Machine: Cybernetic Fiction (Methuen/Routledge), Rope Dances (short stories, The Fiction Collective); A Short Guide to Writing About Science, (HarperCollins & Pearson) and other books, as well as reviews, essays, blogs, fiction, plays, and articles. For 21 years, I was a professor of literature and media at William & Mary and then at Rensselaer. I am also the former CEO, co-founder and executive of several e-learning companies and programs at universities, non-profits and the private sector.
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