Telepathic mind control

Telepathic mind control DEFAULT

Scientists sent thoughts from brain to brain with nothing in between

While brain-to-brain interfaces have existed in science fiction novels for decades, they have long been thought to be a technological innovation only feasible in our wildest dreams. Between our lack of understanding of the intricacies of the human brain, the ethical barriers to the types of experiments long believed to be necessary for such interfaces, and a lack of well-defined need for such technology, researchers have instead focused on developing brain-to-machine interfaces for prosthetics, rehabilitation, and mental health treatment. 

In spite of that, some progress has been made towards brain-to-brain interfaces. Studies on brain-to-brain interfaces have been performed in rodent models and brain-machine interfaces in human studies for several years. In humans, these studies typically focused on treating epilepsy or paralysis, but were limited to a single person. The few brain-to-brain interfaces that have been studied in humans aimed to show that information can be transmitted from one person to another without audio or visual cues, but were not typically direct interfaces - someone had to push a button or transmit information in a way other than through the brain interface for the information to reach each participant.

...a future in which our brains are part of an interconnected social system may be closer than we think. 

More recently, researchers have been able to remove those intermediate steps and directly connect one brain to another. In fact, Massive covered one of those interfaces last fall. However, multi-person brain-to-brain interfaces, which would allow us to see whether the collective intelligence of a group can complete a task without any other form of communication, have eluded researchers until recently. 

Scientists at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University created a brain-to-brain interface system that allows one or more people, called “Senders,” to influence the decisions of an individual, called a “Receiver,” with the goal of helping the Receiver play a Tetris-like game that only the Senders can see. Although preliminary, with the influence of Senders used to help a Receiver win an unseen game of Tetris, this development makes it clear that a future in which our brains are part of an interconnected social system may be closer than we think.

A screenshot of the Tetris videogame.

To do this, they drew on their past work with brain-to-brain interfaces. The Senders wore electroencephalography (EEG) caps, which allowed the researchers to measure brain activity via electrical signals, and watched a Tetris-like game with a falling shape that needed to be rotated to fit into a row at the bottom of the screen. In another room, the Receiver sat with a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) apparatus positioned near the visual cortex. The Receiver could only see the falling shape, not the gap that it needed to fill, so their decision to rotate the block was not based on the gap that needed to be filled. If a Sender thought the Receiver should rotate the shape, they would look at a light flashing at 17 hertz (Hz) for Yes. Otherwise, they would look at a light flashing 15Hz for No. Based on the frequency that was more apparent in the Senders' EEG data, the Receiver’s TMS apparatus would stimulate their visual cortex above or below a threshold, signaling the Receiver to make the choice of whether to rotate. With this experiment, the Receiver was correct 81 percent of the time. 

What makes this study particularly interesting is the incorporation of a situation where the Senders do not agree - that is, where one Sender wants to rotate the shape and the other does not. To test this, the researchers intentionally made one Sender less reliable than the other to see if the Receiver could figure out whether one Sender was more likely to be correct than the other. They quantified this by creating a “Mutual Information” score that measured how reliably information was conveyed from one of the Senders to the Receiver, and saw that the Receiver was statistically more likely to act on information from the more reliable Sender than from the less reliable one.

A man with EEG wires attached to his head.

Looking forward, this study may lay the groundwork for multi-person brain-to-brain interfaces that allow sharing of more complex thoughts or actions. Imagine a world where ideas and experiences could be shared directly with other people, allowing them to quite literally walk in your shoes or help you navigate unfamiliar and dangerous territory. From divers to soldiers to patients who cannot communicate verbally, brain-to-brain interfaces could allow groups to make decisions based on their collective knowledge without saying a word.  With machine learning becoming increasingly adept at understanding our brain signals, it is certainly possible. Though such a breakthrough is still a ways off – scientists currently don’t have a deep enough understanding of the brain to relate EEG signals to specific actions or thoughts needed to realize that goal. 

There are also ethical ramifications to consider. After all, ideas and thoughts should only be transmitted between people if both parties agree. As this technology develops, the safety and security of the people who will eventually use it should be considered at every step. 


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Is Telepathy Allowed or Is Controled?


Telepathy is not just a myth and science fiction. Science has proven that to some extent is possible.

The history of telepathy goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Egyptians believed that a spirit would send messages from one person to another in dreams. The Greeks also believed dreams were a way to send messages. Ancient knowledge as dreams, telepathy, etc. was preserved by many indigenous people.

The term telepathy was first used in 1882 by psychologist F.W. Myers who helped start the Society of Psychical Research. “There is no scientific proof that human telepathy exists. Telepathy means direct communication from one mind to another. It refers to the supposed ability to perceive the thoughts of others without the use of recognized senses.” In another words, telepathic communication is the ability to transmit information from one mind to another and telepathic perception is the ability to receive information from another mind.

When telepathy influences another person’s thoughts or beliefs, it is called mind control. Within USA is quite developed. Unfortunately, a lot of people are applying mind control at night when it’s time for us to sleep. Mind control involves influence and can include outside props or strategies to achieve its goal. Since, it involves influences of other people (known and unknown) it can be very beneficial or crucifixion. It can be helpful for us to make life changes and it can also create destructions for a lifetime. All depends on the person who is imposing his will (power) into somebody else’s mind. This kind of knowledge should possess only people with pure hearts; however, reality is different. Indigenous people are taught sacred knowledge in order to keep it alive from generation to generation.

When one starts to naturally experience the awakening of telepathic powers, he/she feels more energized. One will start to refrain from negativity and thus, your friends will either be happy or you or they will fall away. Those who are used to talking about negative things will fall away first, since they will lose interest in your company. My experience is that many are trying to prevent that one person will have more telepathic powers then others. Negative people are not pure in their hearts, minds, souls and their bodies. They are looking only how to benefit, or they want to control somebody else’s life and decisions in order to satisfy their own or another person’s goals. Many are paid for such kind of “jobs”. Such kind of destructions are creating bad karmas for the person who is imposing their will into somebody else’s mind and for receiver of that influence. Such kind of situations are an open window for major psychic attacks in order to block spiritual progress of another person. Instead to focus on our own challenges and try to resolve them one by one, we are exposed to additional suffering just because of others who are not interested to resolve their own problems. It is easier to create destructions. Such kind of people do not want to dig deep inside their own soul and see how they can improve their life and/or health. We are all here, on this planet earth to learn and not to judge. Nobody has the right to judge others because nobody knows somebody else’s experiences and abilities to learn from them.

“Everyone occasionally suffers from depression, and some people are stricken with major depression, in which the sadness and hopelessness last more than two weeks and interfere with carrying on with life. In recent decades, more people have been diagnosed with depression, especially in younger cohorts, and the conventional wisdom is captured in the tag line of a recent public television documentary: “A silent epidemic is ravaging the nation and killing our kids.” We have just seen that the nation is not suffering from an epidemic of unhappiness, loneliness, or suicide, so an epidemic of depression seems unlikely, and it turns out to be an illusion” [1].

Brian Clegg mentioned in his book Extra Sensory: “Not only is the flexibility Rhine describes dangerous, in that it can be easy to ascribe results to conditions that didn’t actually apply; there is also the problem that is almost impossible to ignore any positive results coming out of the badly controlled trials” [2].

Natural Way of Spiritual Growth Is Changing Our Perceptions

Arguments that used to keep us up at night will start to have different meaning. All the things that we placed at utmost importance will lose their relevance. One will choose to put more importance on spiritual things. Everything we will see with new eyes. The third eye it awakens in the pineal gland. The universe starts to put new people in our path and new opportunities for better life. One will gain clarity about others and different situations. This, in turn will cause priority changes.

Plant the Seedling of Devotion in The Mind

Man should be the master of his behavior; he should not be led away by the impulse of the moment; he must be conscious always of what is good for him. He should so carry on his daily tasks that he does not make others suffer or suffer himself. That is the sign of intelligent living. You should not give way to fits of anger or grief or elation or despair. The confusion you exhibited now was the result of Thaamasik (dark and dull) and Raajasik (emotional) qualities. Be Saathwik, calm and unruffled and collected. The more you develop charity for all beings, contrition at your own faults, fear of wrong and fear of God - the more firmly established you are in Shaanthi (peace).

In this spiritual sphere of mental peace and inner joy, the responsibility for success or failure is entirely one’s own. You have no right to shift it on to others. The fire will go out if the fuel is over; so, stop feeding it with fuel. Do not add fuel to the fire of the senses. Detach the mind from the temporary and attach it to the eternal. The negative Shakthi (power) and the positive Shakthi both together will give the light. Plant the seedling of Bhakthi (devotion), namely, the preliminary exercise of Naamasmarana (remembering the Lord’s name), in the mind. That will grow into a tree with the branches of virtue, service, sacrifice, love, equanimity, fortitude and courage. You swallow food, but you are not aware how that food is transformed into energy, intelligence, emotion and health. In the same way, just swallow this food for the spirit, this Naamasmarana, and watch how it gets transmuted as virtue and the rest without your being aware of it” [3].

What Is the Science Behind It?

Recent studies have reported direct transmission of brain activity between two animals, between two humans and even between a human and an animal. These “brain-to-brain interfaces” allow for direct transmission of brain activity.

“Starting around 2013, several groups of researchers began experimenting with telepathy. These researchers worked in an area of science called neuroscience. Neuroscientists study the brain and how it works. In their experiments, the researchers had some positive results with a process known as synaptic transmission.

The brain is part of the nervous system. This system houses all the nerve cells in the body. Synapses are where nerve cells in the body meet. The synapses carry chemical and electrical signals throughout the brain and body. Normally, this is done without the person even thinking about it. For example, when a person moves their arm, the brain sends a message to the arm to move. That message is carried over the brain’s synapses. The person doesn’t think about moving their arm. It just happens because the brain sees that the arm needs to move and sends the message” [4].

Recent advances in brain-computer interfaces are turning the science fantasy of transmitting thoughts directly from one brain to another into reality

“Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, commented in 2015 that he believes the future of communication is in telepathy. He thinks technology will be the key to sending thoughts directly to other people. While it might sound like a distant dream, he may not be wrong.” [5].

“The building that house Facebook’s headquarters are on a large campus in California. The complex is visible from the main road, and there isn’t much mystery about it. However, one mysterious part of it is a research lab called Building 8. Not much is known about what projects are being developed at the company. But Facebook has several scientists and technology experts working for them.

One new technology could involve reading people’s minds. A neuroscientist works for the company. He is known for inventing a mind-operated prosthetic arm. Building 8 might be working on more mind-controlled technology, including computers. Job postings for positions in Building 8 seem to be looking for employees whose skills relate to telepathy and technology

Only time will tell what’s really going on there. But if Facebook is successful in implementing “brain-to-brain” communication, maybe they won’t even have to tell the public what’s going on – the public will just know” [6].

I experienced by myself very destructive energies at the Facebook internet pages since I had a lot of friends involved at my personal pages. I am assuming that this feeling was part of Facebook’s experiments. If one is very active and popular at personal Facebook page, it allows others to use that page without communicating with the “owner of particular page” for various goals including business and political conversations. If this is the case it will be for the “owner of the personal page” hard to close the Facebook account especially if one does not have access to it, anymore. Japanese scientists believe that we can create earth changes with computers (earthquakes…). This happens when there are opposite energies involved with a higher power. Unfortunately, some people (unconsciously and/or consciously) are creating car accidents by using opposite energies/opinions of majority people. All mentioned above it leads me to conclusion that most car accidents are energy work. People who are sending negative energies can badly influence others. Such kind of situations has a significant impact on our health, life decisions, accidents, etc.

Negative People More Likely to Be Involved in Car Accidents, Study Finds

Being a pessimist could make you more prone to being involved in car accidents, according to a new study. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Psychology in Beijing have studied the character traits of drivers to discover whether someone’s outlook on life could influence their likelihood of crashing.

The study, published in the journal Plus One, analyzed 38 drivers with at least three years’ driving experience. Both groups were surveyed on their driving habits, including whether or not they wore a seatbelt or would drive through a red light. Each participant was then asked to identify weather a series of photographs had a red or blue border – the images in the photographs were chosen to incite negative, positive or neutral emotions in the participants. The study revealed drivers classed as “dangerous” took longer to identify the color of the border when shown a negative image. This, according to the researchers, indicated a negativity bias – the name given by psychologists to the human tendency to be more influenced by negative experiences. Negativity bias was not detected among drivers in the “safe” group, and there was no difference in their response time to photos. The emotional effect creates a “visual tunneling”, hindering a person’s ability to be fully lucid in the present and making it more difficult for a driver to think swiftly and clearly.

Previous researchers have not explored the relationship between emotional information processing and driving behavior, said the study’s researchers led by Dr. Jing Chai. Drivers with strong negativity biases reported having been involved in more crashes compared with less-biased drivers.

Overall, anger increases someone’s susceptibility of colliding on the road. But, understanding that a high number of accidents may be due to someone’s attitude could help researchers delve further into understanding what causes human error on the road. Researchers concluded: “The influence of negativity bias provides a possible explanation for the effects of individual difference on dangerous driving and traffic crashes” (7).

It is proven that psychic attacks effects/influences our emotional state of mind.

“When neuroscientists wanted to create telepathy between two human beings, they focused on synapses and how they send messages. They attached special electrodes to a helmet. The helmet was worn by a person in the experiment. The electrodes could read the brain activity of the person wearing the helmet. In one test, the person was giving a greeting. In another test, the person was making a hand movement. The electrodes read the activity going on in the brain of the person performing the activity. That activity was then translated into binary code and sent to another person far away. In one case, the other person was 5,000 miles away! On the receiving end, the coded messages were decoded. Then the decoded messages were fed to the receiving person’s brain using a process known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

The technology didn’t work perfectly, but it worked well enough for researchers to believe they were closer to creating telepathy. According to researchers, this type of development could be useful for soldiers on the battlefield who need to receive instructions from a commanding officer or from another soldier” [8].

Soldiers at Vietnam war using telepathy. Sacred knowledge was one of the most important ways for survival and returns back home; however, many still suffers because of war cruelty. Government is using indigenous people for wars because they inherent sacred knowledge of telepathy and much more.

Reading the Brainwaves

”Brain-to-brain interface is made possible because of the way brain cells communicate with each other. Cell-to-cell communication occurs via a process known as synaptic transmission, where chemical signals are passed between cells resulting in electrical spikes in the receiving cell. Synaptic transmission forms the basis of all brain activity, including motor control, memory, perception and emotion because cells are connected in a network, brain activity produces a synchronized pulse of electrical activity, which is called a “brain wave”.


Brainwaves are detected using a technique known as electroencephalography (EEG), where a swimming-cap like device is worn over the scalp and electrical activity detected via electrodes. The pattern of activity is then recorded and interpreted using computer software. This kind of brain-machine interface forms the basis of neural prosthesis technology and is used to restore brain function. This may sound far-fetched, but neural prostheses are actually commonplace, just think of the Cochlear implant!” [9].

Meditation and Yoga Breathing

“From the earliest times, the need to quiet our emotions has been seen as an essential step on the road to spiritual development. To access high wisdom and guidance, our emotional bodies must be still and calm. In most spiritual disciplines, the emphasis is put on quieting the mental body. When we refine our bodies, it’s best to work from the bottom up. Quieting the mind becomes easier when our emotional bodies are calm. As Jacob Needleman points out, Socrates and Plato both wrote of a universal intelligence that could awaken in man only when our emotions are mastered” [10].

Refining the emotional body is one of the biggest challenges. Emotional turmoil will block our reception of information from the subtle planes. This is the reason why we got caught in illusions during meditation and we are receiving false information that can be against us. It is very important to reach “empty space” before we believe in any information that are coming into our mind. This state of mind is very easy to achieve via active meditation. For over 30 years I was teaching mandala workshops and realized that active meditation combines three components. It can be any kind of slowmotion action that combines three components and it brings us into “empty space” where everything is possible. This is the state of mind where is no time and therefore it allows us to be in now. It by itself brings best solutions for our better daily life. So called “empty space” is Samadhi.

When we rest at this stage we do not age anymore. There are different stages of Samadhi. Some can reach this state of mind for a second, some for few minutes, some for hours, days, etc. It is available to everybody, anytime, everywhere.

“The meditators in our study had an average of twenty-one years of a daily active practice; the nonmeditators had no active meditation practice, and most of them had never meditated at all. We predicted that the brain would show differences in electrical activity before unpredictable audio tones versus light flashes (because the brain processes these stimuli in different regions, thus creating different future brain states that might “ripple” backward in time).

The results of the experiment indicated that the nonmeditators showed no significant differences in brain activity before they received audio tones versus light flashes. But in the meditator’ group, five of the thirty-two EEG electrodes showed statistically significant differences before receiving audio versus light stimuli (each electrode with odds against chance of 20 to 1) one second before the stimuli [11].

“This means that the meditators’ brains behaved dramatically differently just before the audio tone, as compared to the nonmeditators’ brain” [12].

Yoga breathing techniques are very useful for emotional, mind and body clearing; however, they have to be performed, daily.

“In this spiritual sphere of mental peace and inner joy, the responsibility for success or failure is entirely one’s own. You have no right to shift it on to others. The fire will go our if the fuel is over; so, stop feeding it with fuel. Do not add fuel to the fire of the senses. Detach the mind from the temporary and attach it to the eternal. The negative Shakthi (power) and the positive Shakthi both together will give the light” [13].



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For other uses, see Telepathy (disambiguation).

This article is about the paranormal phenomenon. For the performing art, see Mentalism.

Fictional/magical phenomenon

Telepathy (from the Greek τῆλε, tele meaning "distant" and πάθος/-πάθεια, pathos or -patheia meaning "feeling, perception, passion, affliction, experience")[3][4] is the purported vicarious transmission of information from one person to another without using any known human sensory channels or physical interaction. The term was first coined in 1882 by the classical scholar Frederic W. H. Myers,[5] a founder of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR),[6] and has remained more popular than the earlier expression thought-transference.[6][7]

Telepathy experiments have historically been criticized for a lack of proper controls and repeatability. There is no good evidence that telepathy exists, and the topic is generally considered by the scientific community to be pseudoscience.[8][9][10][11]

Origins of the concept[edit]

According to historians such as Roger Luckhurst and Janet Oppenheim the origin of the concept of telepathy in Western civilization can be tracked to the late 19th century and the formation of the Society for Psychical Research.[12][13] As the physical sciences made significant advances, scientific concepts were applied to mental phenomena (e.g., animal magnetism), with the hope that this would help to understand paranormal phenomena. The modern concept of telepathy emerged in this context.[13]

Psychical researcher Eric Dingwall criticized SPR founding members Frederic W. H. Myers and William F. Barrett for trying to "prove" telepathy rather than objectively analyze whether or not it existed.[14]

Thought reading[edit]

In the late 19th century, the magician and mentalist, Washington Irving Bishop would perform "thought reading" demonstrations. Bishop claimed no supernatural powers and ascribed his powers to muscular sensitivity (reading thoughts from unconscious bodily cues).[15] Bishop was investigated by a group of scientists including the editor of the British Medical Journal and the psychologist Francis Galton. Bishop performed several feats successfully such as correctly identifying a selected spot on a table and locating a hidden object. During the experiment Bishop required physical contact with a subject who knew the correct answer. He would hold the hand or wrist of the helper. The scientists concluded that Bishop was not a genuine telepath but using a highly trained skill to detect ideomotor movements.[16]

Another famous thought reader was the magician Stuart Cumberland. He was famous for performing blindfolded feats such as identifying a hidden object in a room that a person had picked out or asking someone to imagine a murder scene and then attempt to read the subject's thoughts and identify the victim and reenact the crime. Cumberland claimed to possess no genuine psychic ability and his thought reading performances could only be demonstrated by holding the hand of his subject to read their muscular movements. He came into dispute with psychical researchers associated with the Society for Psychical Research who were searching for genuine cases of telepathy. Cumberland argued that both telepathy and communication with the dead were impossible and that the mind of man cannot be read through telepathy, but only by muscle reading. [17]

Case studies[edit]

In the late 19th century the Creery Sisters (Mary, Alice, Maud, Kathleen, and Emily) were tested by the Society for Psychical Research and believed to have genuine psychic ability. However, during a later experiment they were caught utilizing signal codes and they confessed to fraud.[18][19]George Albert Smith and Douglas Blackburn were claimed to be genuine psychics by the Society for Psychical Research but Blackburn confessed to fraud:

For nearly thirty years the telepathic experiments conducted by Mr. G. A. Smith and myself have been accepted and cited as the basic evidence of the truth of thought transference... ...the whole of those alleged experiments were bogus, and originated in the honest desire of two youths to show how easily men of scientific mind and training could be deceived when seeking for evidence in support of a theory they were wishful to establish.[20]

Between 1916 and 1924, Gilbert Murray conducted 236 experiments into telepathy and reported 36% as successful, however, it was suggested that the results could be explained by hyperaesthesia as he could hear what was being said by the sender.[21][22][23][24][25] Psychologist Leonard T. Troland had carried out experiments in telepathy at Harvard University which were reported in 1917.[26][27][28][29] The subjects produced below chance expectations.[30]

Arthur Conan Doyle and W. T. Stead were duped into believing Julius and Agnes Zancig had genuine psychic powers. Both Doyle and Stead wrote the Zancigs performed telepathy. In 1924, Julius and Agnes Zancig confessed that their mind reading act was a trick and published the secret code and all the details of the trick method they had used under the title of Our Secrets!! in a London newspaper.[31]

In 1924, Robert H. Gault of Northwestern University with Gardner Murphy conducted the first American radio test for telepathy. The results were entirely negative. One of their experiments involved the attempted thought transmission of a chosen number between one and one-thousand. Out of 2,010 replies, none was correct. This is below the theoretical chance figure of two correct replies in such a situation.[32]

In February 1927, with the co-operation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), V. J. Woolley who was at the time the Research Officer for the SPR, arranged a telepathy experiment in which radio listeners were asked to take part. The experiment involved 'agents' thinking about five selected objects in an office at Tavistock Square, whilst listeners on the radio were asked to identify the objects from the BBC studio at Savoy Hill. 24, 659 answers were received. The results revealed no evidence for telepathy.[33][34]

A famous experiment in telepathy was recorded by the American author Upton Sinclair in his book Mental Radio which documents Sinclair's test of psychic abilities of Mary Craig Sinclair, his second wife. She attempted to duplicate 290 pictures which were drawn by her husband. Sinclair claimed Mary successfully duplicated 65 of them, with 155 "partial successes" and 70 failures. However, these experiments were not conducted in a controlled scientific laboratory environment.[35] Science writer Martin Gardner suggested that the possibility of sensory leakage during the experiment had not been ruled out:

In the first place, an intuitive wife, who knows her husband intimately, may be able to guess with a fair degree of accuracy what he is likely to draw—particularly if the picture is related to some freshly recalled event the two experienced in common. At first, simple pictures like chairs and tables would likely predominate, but as these are exhausted, the field of choice narrows and pictures are more likely to be suggested by recent experiences. It is also possible that Sinclair may have given conversational hints during some of the tests—hints which in his strong will to believe, he would promptly forget about. Also, one must not rule out the possibility that in many tests, made across the width of a room, Mrs. Sinclair may have seen the wiggling of the top of a pencil, or arm movements, which would convey to her unconscious a rough notion of the drawing.[35]

The Turner-Ownbey long distance telepathy experiment was discovered to contain flaws. May Frances Turner positioned herself in the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory whilst Sara Ownbey claimed to receive transmissions 250 miles away. For the experiment Turner would think of a symbol and write it down whilst Ownbey would write her guesses.[36] The scores were highly successful and both records were supposed to be sent to J. B. Rhine; however, Ownbey sent them to Turner. Critics pointed out this invalidated the results as she could have simply written her own record to agree with the other. When the experiment was repeated and the records were sent to Rhine the scores dropped to average.[36][37][38]

Another example is the experiment carried out by the author Harold Sherman with the explorer Hubert Wilkins who carried out their own experiment in telepathy for five and a half months starting in October 1937. This took place when Sherman was in New York and Wilkins was in the Arctic. The experiment consisted of Sherman and Wilkins at the end of each day to relax and visualise a mental image or "thought impression" of the events or thoughts they had experienced in the day and then to record those images and thoughts on paper in a diary. The results at the end when comparing Sherman's and Wilkins' diaries were claimed to be more than 60 percent.[39]

The full results of the experiments were published in 1942 in a book by Sherman and Wilkins titled Thoughts Through Space. In the book both Sherman and Wilkins had written they believed they had demonstrated that it was possible to send and receive thought impressions from the mind of one person to another.[40] The magician John Booth wrote the experiment was not an example of telepathy as a high percentage of misses had occurred. Booth wrote it was more likely that the "hits" were the result of "coincidence, law of averages, subconscious expectancy, logical inference or a plain lucky guess".[41] A review of their book in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry cast doubt on their experiment noting "the study was published five years after it was conducted, arouses suspicion on the validity of the conclusions.[42]

In 1948, on the BBC radio Maurice Fogel made the claim that he could demonstrate telepathy. This intrigued the journalist Arthur Helliwell who wanted to discover his methods. He found that Fogel's mind reading acts were all based on trickery as he relied on information about members of his audience before the show started. Helliwell exposed Fogel's methods in a newspaper article. Although Fogel managed to fool some people into believing he could perform genuine telepathy, the majority of his audience knew he was a showman.[43]

In a series of experiments Samuel Soal and his assistant K. M. Goldney examined 160 subjects over 128,000 trials and obtained no evidence for the existence of telepathy.[44] Soal tested Basil Shackleton and Gloria Stewart between 1941 and 1943 in over five hundred sittings and over twenty thousand guesses. Shackleton scored 2890 compared with a chance expectation of 2308 and Gloria scored 9410 compared with a chance level of 7420. It was later discovered the results had been tampered with. Gretl Albert who was present during many of the experiments said she had witnessed Soal altering the records during the sessions.[44] Betty Marwick discovered Soal had not used the method of random selection of numbers as he had claimed. Marwick showed that there had been manipulation of the score sheets and all experiments reported by Soal had thereby become discredited.[45][46]

In 1979 the physicists John G. Taylor and Eduardo Balanovski wrote the only scientifically feasible explanation for telepathy could be electromagnetism (EM) involving EM fields. In a series of experiments the EM levels were many orders of magnitude lower than calculated and no paranormal effects were observed. Both Taylor and Balanovski wrote their results were a strong argument against the validity of telepathy.[47]

Research in anomalistic psychology has discovered that in some cases telepathy can be explained by a covariation bias. In an experiment (Schienle et al. 1996) 22 believers and 20 skeptics were asked to judge the covariation between transmitted symbols and the corresponding feedback given by a receiver. According to the results the believers overestimated the number of successful transmissions whilst the skeptics made accurate hit judgments.[48] The results from another telepathy experiment involving 48 undergraduate college students (Rudski, 2002) were explained by hindsight and confirmation biases.[49]

In parapsychology[edit]

Within parapsychology, telepathy, often along with precognition and clairvoyance, is described as an aspect of extrasensory perception (ESP) or "anomalous cognition" that parapsychologists believe is transferred through a hypothetical psychic mechanism they call "psi".[50] Parapsychologists have reported experiments they use to test for telepathic abilities. Among the most well known are the use of Zener cards and the Ganzfeld experiment.


Several forms of telepathy have been suggested:[7]

  • Latent telepathy, formerly known as "deferred telepathy",[51] describes a transfer of information with an observable time-lag between transmission and reception.[7]
  • Retrocognitive,[failed verification] precognitive, and intuitive[failed verification] telepathy describes the transfer of information about the past, future or present state of an individual's mind to another individual.[7]
  • Emotive telepathy, also known as remote influence[52] or emotional transfer, describes the transfer of kinesthetic sensations through altered states.
  • Superconscious telepathy describes use of the supposed superconscious[53] to access the collective wisdom of the human species for knowledge.

Zener Cards[edit]

Main article: Zener cards

Zener cards are marked with five distinctive symbols. When using them, one individual is designated the "sender" and another the "receiver". The sender selects a random card and visualizes the symbol on it, while the receiver attempts to determine that symbol telepathically. Statistically, the receiver has a 20% chance of randomly guessing the correct symbol, so to demonstrate telepathy, they must repeatedly score a success rate that is significantly higher than 20%.[54] If not conducted properly, this method is vulnerable to sensory leakage and card counting.[54]

J. B. Rhine's experiments with Zener cards were discredited due to the discovery that sensory leakage or cheating could account for all his results such as the subject being able to read the symbols from the back of the cards and being able to see and hear the experimenter to note subtle clues.[55] Once Rhine took precautions in response to criticisms of his methods, he was unable to find any high-scoring subjects.[56] Due to the methodological problems, parapsychologists no longer utilize card-guessing studies.[57]

Dream telepathy[edit]

Parapsychological studies into dream telepathy were carried out at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York led by Stanley Krippner and Montague Ullman. They concluded the results from some of their experiments supported dream telepathy.[58] However, the results have not been independently replicated.[59][60][61][62] The psychologist James Alcock has written the dream telepathy experiments at Maimonides have failed to provide evidence for telepathy and "lack of replication is rampant."[63]

The picture target experiments that were conducted by Krippner and Ullman were criticized by C. E. M. Hansel. According to Hansel there were weaknesses in the design of the experiments in the way in which the agent became aware of their target picture. Only the agent should have known the target and no other person until the judging of targets had been completed, however, an experimenter was with the agent when the target envelope was opened. Hansel also wrote there had been poor controls in the experiment as the main experimenter could communicate with the subject.[64]

An attempt to replicate the experiments that used picture targets was carried out by Edward Belvedere and David Foulkes. The finding was that neither the subject nor the judges matched the targets with dreams above chance level.[65] Results from other experiments by Belvedere and Foulkes were also negative.[66]

Ganzfeld experiment[edit]

When using the Ganzfeld experiment to test for telepathy, one individual is designated as the receiver and is placed inside a controlled environment where they are deprived of sensory input, and another person is designated as the sender and is placed in a separate location. The receiver is then required to receive information from the sender. The nature of the information may vary between experiments.[67]

The Ganzfeld experiment studies that were examined by Ray Hyman and Charles Honorton had methodological problems that were well documented. Honorton reported only 36% of the studies used duplicate target sets of pictures to avoid handling cues.[68] Hyman discovered flaws in all of the 42 Ganzfeld experiments and to access each experiment, he devised a set of 12 categories of flaws. Six of these concerned statistical defects, the other six covered procedural flaws such as inadequate documentation, randomization and security as well as possibilities of sensory leakage.[69] Over half of the studies failed to safeguard against sensory leakage and all of the studies contained at least one of the 12 flaws. Because of the flaws, Honorton agreed with Hyman the 42 Ganzfeld studies could not support the claim for the existence of psi.[69]

Possibilities of sensory leakage in the Ganzfeld experiments included the receivers hearing what was going on in the sender's room next door as the rooms were not soundproof and the sender's fingerprints to be visible on the target object for the receiver to see.[70][71]

Hyman also reviewed the autoganzfeld experiments and discovered a pattern in the data that implied a visual cue may have taken place:

The most suspicious pattern was the fact that the hit rate for a given target increased with the frequency of occurrence of that target in the experiment. The hit rate for the targets that occurred only once was right at the chance expectation of 25%. For targets that appeared twice the hit rate crept up to 28%. For those that occurred three times it was 38%, and for those targets that occurred six or more times, the hit rate was 52%. Each time a videotape is played its quality can degrade. It is plausible then, that when a frequently used clip is the target for a given session, it may be physically distinguishable from the other three decoy clips that are presented to the subject for judging. Surprisingly, the parapsychological community has not taken this finding seriously. They still include the autoganzfeld series in their meta-analyses and treat it as convincing evidence for the reality of psi.[69]

Hyman wrote the autoganzfeld experiments were flawed because they did not preclude the possibility of sensory leakage.[69] In 2010, Lance Storm, Patrizio Tressoldi, and Lorenzo Di Risio analyzed 29 ganzfeld studies from 1997 to 2008. Of the 1,498 trials, 483 produced hits, corresponding to a hit rate of 32.2%. This hit rate is statistically significant with p < .001. Participants selected for personality traits and personal characteristics thought to be psi-conducive were found to perform significantly better than unselected participants in the ganzfeld condition.[72] Hyman (2010) published a rebuttal to Storm et al. According to Hyman "reliance on meta-analysis as the sole basis for justifying the claim that an anomaly exists and that the evidence for it is consistent and replicable is fallacious. It distorts what scientists mean by confirmatory evidence." Hyman wrote the ganzfeld studies have not been independently replicated and have failed to produce evidence for telepathy.[73] Storm et al. published a response to Hyman claiming the ganzfeld experimental design has proved to be consistent and reliable but parapsychology is a struggling discipline that has not received much attention so further research on the subject is necessary.[74] Rouder et al. 2013 wrote that critical evaluation of Storm et al.'s meta-analysis reveals no evidence for telepathy, no plausible mechanism and omitted replication failures.[75] A 2016 paper examined questionable research practices in the ganzfeld experiments.[76]

Twin telepathy[edit]

Twin telepathy is a belief that has been described as a myth in psychological literature. Psychologists Stephen Hupp and Jeremy Jewell have noted that all experiments on the subject have failed to provide any scientific evidence for telepathy between twins.[77] According to Hupp and Jewell there are various behavioral and genetic factors that contribute to the twin telepathy myth "identical twins typically spend a lot of time together and are usually exposed to very similar environments. Thus, it's not at all surprising that they act in similar ways and are adept at anticipating and forecasting each other's reactions to events."[77]

A 1993 study by Susan Blackmore investigated the claims of twin telepathy. In an experiment with six sets of twins one subject would act as the sender and the other the receiver. The sender was given selected objects, photographs or numbers and would attempt to psychically send the information to the receiver. The results from the experiment were negative, no evidence of telepathy was observed.[78]

The skeptical investigator Benjamin Radford has noted that "Despite decades of research trying to prove telepathy, there is no credible scientific evidence that psychic powers exist, either in the general population or among twins specifically. The idea that two people who shared their mother's womb — or even who share the same DNA — have a mysterious mental connection is an intriguing one not borne out in science."[79]

Scientific reception[edit]

A variety of tests have been performed to demonstrate telepathy, but there is no scientific evidence that the power exists.[9][80][81][82] A panel commissioned by the United States National Research Council to study paranormal claims concluded that "despite a 130-year record of scientific research on such matters, our committee could find no scientific justification for the existence of phenomena such as extrasensory perception, mental telepathy or 'mind over matter' exercises... Evaluation of a large body of the best available evidence simply does not support the contention that these phenomena exist."[83] The scientific community considers parapsychology a pseudoscience.[84][85][86][87] There is no known mechanism for telepathy.[88] Philosopher and physicist Mario Bunge has written that telepathy would contradict laws of science and the claim that "signals can be transmitted across space without fading with distance is inconsistent with physics".[89]

Physicist John Taylor has written that the experiments that have been claimed by parapsychologists to support evidence for the existence of telepathy are based on the use of shaky statistical analysis and poor design, and attempts to duplicate such experiments by the scientific community have failed. Taylor also wrote the arguments used by parapsychologists for the feasibility of such phenomena are based on distortions of theoretical physics as well as "complete ignorance" of relevant areas of physics.[90]

Psychologist Stuart Sutherland wrote that cases of telepathy can be explained by people underestimating the probability of coincidences. According to Sutherland, "most stories about this phenomenon concern people who are close to one another - husband and wife or brother and sister. Since such people have much in common, it is highly probable that they will sometimes think the same thought at the same time."[91]Graham Reed, a specialist in anomalistic psychology, noted that experiments into telepathy often involve the subject relaxing and reporting the 'messages' to consist of colored geometric shapes. Reed wrote that these are a common type of hypnagogic image and not evidence for telepathic communication.[92]

Outside of parapsychology, telepathy is generally explained as the result of fraud, self-delusion and/or self-deception and not as a paranormal power.[8][93] Psychological research has also revealed other explanations such as confirmation bias, expectancy bias, sensory leakage, subjective validation and wishful thinking.[94] Virtually all of the instances of more popular psychic phenomena, such as mediumship, can be attributed to non-paranormal techniques such as cold reading.[95][96] Magicians such as Ian Rowland and Derren Brown have demonstrated techniques and results similar to those of popular psychics, albeit without claiming paranormal skills. They have identified, described, and developed psychological techniques of cold reading and hot reading.


The notion of telepathy is not dissimilar to three clinical concepts: delusions of thought insertion/removal and thought broadcasting. This similarity might explain how an individual might come to the conclusion that he or she were experiencing telepathy. Thought insertion/removal is a symptom of psychosis, particularly of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or substance-induced psychosis.[97] Psychiatric patients who experience this symptom falsely believe that some of their thoughts are not their own and that others (e.g., other people, aliens, demons or fallen angels, or conspiring intelligence agencies, or artificial intelligences) are putting thoughts into their minds (thought insertion). Some patients feel as if thoughts are being taken out of their minds or deleted (thought removal). Along with other symptoms of psychosis, delusions of thought insertion may be reduced by antipsychotic medication. Psychiatrists and clinical psychologists believe and empirical findings support the idea that people with schizotypy and schizotypal personality disorder are particularly likely to believe in telepathy.[98][99][100]

Use in fiction[edit]

See also the categories Fiction about telepathy and Fictional telepaths

Telepathy is a common theme in modern fiction and science fiction, with many extraterrestrials (such as the Protoss in the StarCraft franchise), superheroes, and supervillains having telepathic ability.

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Control telepathic mind

Homo Sovieticus

How Soviet scientists and pseudoscientists pursued telepathic research, cybernetic simulations, and mass hyptonism over television to control the minds of citizens.

In October 1989, as the Cold War was ending and the Berlin Wall about to crumble, television viewers in the Soviet Union tuned in to the first of a series of unusual broadcasts. “Relax, let your thoughts wander free...” intoned the host, the physician and clinical psychotherapist Anatoly Mikhailovich Kashpirovsky. Moscow's Channel One was attempting mass hypnosis over television, a therapeutic session aimed at reassuring citizens panicked over the ongoing political upheaval—and aimed at taking control of their responses to it. Incredibly enough, this last-ditch effort to rally the citizenry was the culmination of decades of official telepathic research, cybernetic simulations, and coded messages undertaken to reinforce ideological conformity. In Homo Sovieticus, the art and media scholar Wladimir Velminski explores these scientific and pseudoscientific efforts at mind control.

In a fascinating series of anecdotes, Velminski describes such phenomena as the conflation of mental energy and electromagnetism; the investigation of aura fields through the “Aurathron”; a laboratory that practiced mind control methods on dogs; and attempts to calibrate the thought processes of laborers. “Scientific” diagrams from the period accompany the text. In all of the experimental methods for implanting thoughts into a brain, Velminski finds political and metaphorical contaminations. These apparently technological experiments in telepathy and telekinesis were deployed for purely political purposes.

Mind Reading and Telepathy for Beginners and Intermediates (Nick Merrill)

Science or Science Fiction? Telepathy and Mind Control

Imagine stepping into a room and catching the eye of someone inside. You exchange no words, you give no smile. But somehow, you both know you’re saying “hi.” It’s like telepathy — your brains are in sync.

What if you were in India, and the other person in France? Would brain-to-brain communication still be possible?

According to research done by scientists in Barcelona, Boston, and Strasbourg, the answer is yes. The study marked the first time conscious thoughts were transmitted directly between individuals. By recording the brain signals of one person in India with a computer system, converting them into electrical brain stimulations, and relaying them to recipients in France, the research team developed a noninvasive method of brain-to-brain communication. The transmitted messages were simple greetings: “hola” in Spanish and “ciao” in Italian.

Scientists transmitted the greetings “hola” and “ciao” from the brain of one research participant in India to three participants in France, 5,000 miles away. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

“This represented the first time a human knew what another was thinking in such a direct way,” said Giulio Ruffini, CEO of Starlab Barcelona and author of this study.

To achieve brain-to-brain communication, the team relied on a process called synaptic transmission. Chemical signals are transmitted between neurons through spaces called synapses, generating electric impulses in the receiving neurons. These impulses drive brain function for activities including motor skills and sensory perception. In the experiment, the non-invasive technologies electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) were used as interfaces with neuronal synaptic signaling. EEG works with the sender of a message: the technology uses a helmet-like device with electrodes to record electrical activity from firing neurons in a participant’s brain. Then, TMS takes this communication to the recipient: the technology electrically stimulates parts of the recipient’s brain to produce impulses that can be perceived.

On the sending side, otherwise known as the brain computer interface, researchers encoded the words on a computer in binary code. The computer cued one subject in Thiruvananthapuram, India to think about moving either his hands for transmission of one or his feet for zero. Then, the subject’s conscious thoughts were recorded by EEG, decoded by a computer as a one or a zero, and emailed to researchers in Strasbourg, France.

At the recipient computer brain interface, the EEG signals received by email were converted for real time use in TMS. This stimulation was then delivered to at least three subjects, all healthy and between the ages of 28 and 50. TMS technology applied pulses to a recipient’s right occipital cortex, which process visual information. Then, with her vision darkened by a blindfold, the recipient was able to perceive flashes of light called phosphenes in her peripheral vision. For the binary signal one, TMS induced phosphenes, whereas for the binary signal zero, TMS was manipulated so that there were no visual signals. Finally, the recipients and the research team could decode the binary signals back into the original words.

A 2014 study by researchers from Barcelona and Strasbourg found a noninvasive method to transmit conscious thoughts between one human brain and another. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Some previous studies have also used electrical impulses in brain-to-brain contact, and researchers have demonstrated human-to-rat and rat-to-rat brain communication. In 2013, researchers at the University of Washington induced human-to-human brain interfacing for the first time. One man playing a video game imagined pushing a button, causing another man in a different room to subconsciously press the button. The results from this experiment suggest new research directions for noninvasive brain-to-brain communication, including the transmission of emotions and feelings. “As we see it, brain-to-brain interfaces are full of possibilities…. Most of the world-changing tech innovations in mankind were innovations of communication,” said Andrea Stocco, one of the authors of the University of Washington paper.

Still, scientists who conduct brain-to-brain research warn the public not to interpret brain-to-brain communication as either telepathy or mind control. Telepathy implies the exchange of information without any of our sensory channels or physical interactions — we usually imagine people sending thoughts to each other through thin air. Scientists talk instead of hyperinteraction, or the transmission of information from one brain to another using non-invasive but still physical mechanisms.

As for mind control, Ruffini said he has no idea how we could begin to achieve it. “There is no magic in our work. It is based on hard-core science and technology and mainly on Maxwell’s equations,” he said.

Despite what science fiction says, you cannot influence the minds of other people or exchange thoughts with them without both your senses and technology. People might be 5,000 miles away or only a few steps across the room, but unless they agree to wear helmets and blindfolds, “hi” (or “hola” or “ciao”) is just a fantasy.

Cover Image: Two Yale students imagine the possibilities of telepathy. Photo by Aydin Aykol.


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Power/Ability to:

Mentally interact with other minds.

"Your mind, to me, is an open book: full of big print and lots of pictures!"
― Maldis, Farscape
"Secrets? What secrets?"
― Magic: The Gathering, Telepathy
"Do not be startled, child. My voice is in your mind, not in your ear. Verbal communication is so limited. You will find that telepathy is purity."
― Mage: The Ascension - Core Rulebook (1st edition)

The power to mentally interact with other minds. Sub-power of Telepathy Manipulation. Variation of Psionics. Technique of Higher Consciousness. Not to be confused with Telekinesis.

Also Called

  • Legilimency (Wizarding World)
  • Mental Interaction
  • Mental Surfing
  • Mind Induction
  • Psyche Probe
  • Telepathic Abilities/Powers
  • Thought-Casting
  • TP


Users can mentally interact with the mind, consciousness, and thoughts of themselves or others through mental power/capacity, thus being able to read/sense another person's thoughts, communicate with them mentally, and a plethora of other capabilities without the aid of physical communication (noise or movement).

Telepathy has three common categories; Psychic Communication, which is the ability to transmit information from one mind to another, Psychic Perception, which is the ability to receive information with one’s mind, and Mind Manipulation, which is the ability to influence the minds of others to varying degrees. The most advanced telepaths are not only capable of interacting with the minds or spirits of others, but with reality itself in various ways, tapping into psychic/astral energies, extending their senses/perception and even their very consciousness beyond the limits of their bodies, and potentially even projecting their power into the physical plane.


Similar to "Telekinesis", "Telepathy" is an umbrella term for any ability that involves projecting, reading and manipulating thoughts or affecting/interacting with other aspects of the mind.

Basic Level

Advanced Level

Expert Level

Master Level

Ultimate Level

  • Cosmic Empathy: The ability to interpret the emotions of billions or more subjects at once.
  • Cosmic Telepathy: The ability to read the thoughts of billions or more subjects at once.
  • Mental Projection: The ability to project thoughts into reality.
  • Mindscape Transportation: The ability to transport physical matter into one's conscious or subconscious thoughts.
  • Neural Jumpstart: The power to augment another's abilities by accelerating neuronal activity.

Absolute Level

  • Mindscape Materialization: The ability to will one's thoughts and their inner world into reality.
  • Omni-Empathy: The ability to sense and feel an infinite number of emotions across all universes, planes and dimensions.
  • Omni-Telepathy: The ability to read, sense, communicate with, and control an infinite number of minds across all universes, planes and dimensions.
  • Unimind: The ability to be connected with all things and their essences.




  • Basic Level: User can sense minds from feet/meters away. They can sense consciously generated thoughts.
  • Advanced Level: User is able to sense minds from a community scale. The user can sense subconscious memories and thoughts.
  • Expert Level: The user is able to sense minds from kilometers to a continental scale. They can manipulate the thoughts and feelings of every individual within such a distance.
  • Master Level: User is able to sense minds on a planetary scale, every being across a planet and even nearby worlds. They can manipulate the functions of the mind.
  • Ultimate Level: They can sense minds on a galactic level. The user can manipulate the body, mind, and everything related to them.
  • Absolute Level: User can sense minds on a universal scale or even beyond. They can manipulate everything that makes up an individual.



  • Does not work on mindless beings (such as corpses, animated objects, robots, etc.).
  • Cannot work on users of Psychic Shield (highly resistant), Psychic Immunity (impervious) or Indomitable Will.
  • May be limited to a certain range to work, including touch only.
  • May be limited to a certain number of targets at a time.
  • May be constantly active and have to constantly hear thoughts.
    • Since the user constantly hears thoughts, this power becomes ineffective in large crowds.
    • May get overwhelmed by too many thoughts.
  • May be limited to the thought(s) which the target is currently thinking.
  • May be limited to reading either thoughts or memories.
  • May not be able to read impulsive actions.
    • Users of Divided Mind may be hard to process due to multiple patterns of mind.
  • Some minds may be overwhelming to the user.
  • May not understand informations perceived.
  • May be hijacked and/or overpowered by higher users.
  • May require concentration.

Known Users

See Also: Telepathy and Real Telepathy.





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Known Objects



Verdona's Mana Energy

Verdona (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)

Gwen's Clairvoyance

Gwen Tennyson (Ben 10: Alien Force)

Max Tennyson (Ben 10) connect

Max Tennyson (Ben 10: Alien Force)


Amperi (Ben 10: Alien Force) can sense the electrical pulses in the minds of other life forms, allowing them to read their thoughts.

Brainy Barker

Brainy Barker (DC Comics/Krypto the Superdog)

Honeydew Telepathy

Agent Honeydew (Dexter's Laboratory)

S1e19 bill snap

Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls) can read people's thoughts as he is the master of the mind

Amazo evolved

From Martian Manhunter, Amazo (Justice League Unlimited) can read the minds of others.


Neuro (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)

Hawk Moth Telepathy Miraculous Ladybug

Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir) is able to telepathically communicate with those he akumatizes.

Mayura talking

Nathalie Sancoeur/Mayura (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir) is able to telepathically communicate with those she amokizes.

Steven Universe calls Diamonds

Steven Universe (Steven Universe)


April O'Neil (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 TV series)

Tyler Rockwell

Dr. Tyler Rockwell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 TV series)


Mind Reader Conch (Xiaolin Showdown) allow thee user to hear the thoughts of others.

Miss Martian Telepathy (Young Justice)

Miss Martian (Young Justice/DC Comics)

Class of Titans Theresa Empowered

Theresa (Class of the Titans)


Betta George

Betta George (Angel: After the Fall) possesses such psionic power that his mental abilities can even affect vampires.


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