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Is telepathy real?

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Telepathy, defined as mind-reading between two people without help from outside sources, is not a scientifically proven phenomenon. However, using computers and brain-recording equipment, scientists have been able to transmit messages from one person to another via their thoughts, according to a 2014 article on The Christian Science Monitor.

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Scientists recorded brain activity while a person based in India thought the words "hola" and "ciao," then emailed the brain activity to a computer in France. That computer converted the brain waves into flashes of light, which were then translated correctly by the brain of the volunteer in France. In another example of scientific research into mental telepathy, technological advances in electroencephalopathy, or EEG, have allowed patients mentally to move bionic arms and legs.

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake claimed telepathy was real when he performed an experiment showing that people can correctly guess who is calling them 45 percent of the time. In the experiment, a volunteer was informed that one person out of four who provided phone numbers would be calling. Dr. Sheldrake argued that, if the volunteers were guessing, the rate of correct answers would be closer to 25 percent. Dr. Sheldrake's research has met skepticism within the scientific community due to questions about the reliability of the research methods.

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