Is telepathy a genuine phenomenon? For Beischel and Boccuzzi, a now-married couple who met one another at the Institute of Noetic Sciences during a psychical experiment, the answer is a resounding yes.

These two future lovebirds originally encountered one another at a conference when they both agreed to participate in an experiment supervised and conducted by Dean Radin, a senior scientist and researcher of psi phenomena at IONS. For the experiment, Beischel was placed in a room by herself, unable to see anyone, while Bocuzzi, located in a separate building, was instructed to attentively stare at her via a closed circuit screen that intermittently showed her image. What they found was that Beischel’s physiological responses heightened when Boccuzzi could see her and dropped when he couldn’t, indicating that some sort of nonlocal informational exchange was taking place between the duo.

Crediting telepathy as a factor to them falling love, the pair were, funnily enough, married by Dean Radin and have begun to write a book called Psychic Intimacy: A Handbook for Couples highlighting the practical applications of DMILS (distant mental interactions of living systems) ‘tweenst lovers. 

Yet these aren’t the only two to have noticed this uncanny ability amongst people that share an emotional bond. Upton Sinclair - a notable social, political, and religious critic - and his wife, Mary Craig Kimbrough, conducted a series of 290 experiments whereby he would try to transmit an image he had drawn to his wife’s mind via telepathic communication, yielding in statistically relevant results which he later wrote about in his book Mental Radio.

Similar in nature, a succession of ganzfeld experiments, which test people for extra sensory perception, have taken place since the 70s, and still stir up quite a bit of debate in the scientific community to this day. The official status in science of this research is that, although meta-analyses of the ganzfeld results points to the probable existence of psi that aren’t due to chance or selective reporting, final conclusions can’t be drawn without further experimentation. 

Despite science’s stance on psi, there have been tens of thousands of anecdotal stories throughout the ages whereabout some sort of subjective telepathic communion has taken place. The most typical stories span from family members having some awareness of danger having befallen their kin, digital modes of telepathy where an email or telephone call is sometimes sensed just before it happens, to someone stating the idea that popped in your mind milliseconds before you get the chance to verbalize it. The more rarified forms consist of instances of interspecies telepathy ranging from cats and dogs to dolphins and elephants, psychedelically induced telepathy whereby subjects pick up on the ideation and emotions of others in the same altered state, to, the most tenuous of all, superconscious telepathy, a phenomenon sometimes accompanied with mystical experiences, in which people have reportedly tapped into the noosphere downloading cosmic information not readily available to them by what seems to derive from a seemingly other, supra-intelligent source (of which has been attributed to and dubbed under many a name including the collective unconscious, aliens, pooka, the right hemisphere, the Self, the Great Spirit, God, the Holy Guardian Angel, or the transcendental Other).

Regardless of the aforementioned stories or the current ruminations of how this nonverbal communication might function - whether it works via Michael Persinger’s theory of magnetic fields and biophoton emissions, Dean Radin’s proposal of natural processes akin to biological quantum entanglement effects, a syncretization of the two, or something completely undiscovered as of yet - the materialist science crowd is likely to continue marginalizing the phenomena without much consideration as telepathy looms over our collective psyche with the same disappointing “you’re imagining things” mentality for the next few decades.


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