Spock is commonly known as a touch-telepath, but as we have seen in episodes like Devil in the Dark and Return of the Archons, Spock doesn't have to touch to communicate telepathically. Many aliens we meet in Star Trek also communicate telepathically at a distance.
People think of telepathy as one of science-fictions great fantasies, but it's actually scientific. Consider this:
Everybody who can both see and look up sees the sky as "blue". That that is "true" has been established, and why we all share this experience has been explained, and that the sky isn't actually blue has been demonstrated and explained. That one has been covered. That's a start. But uncounted millions of shared human perception experiences have yet to be properly accounted for.
The subjective experience of time distortion, that is a universally experienced human phenomenon. Everybody knows that five hours can seem like five minutes, and etc. and yet that everybody has these experiences has never been scientifically "proven", as far as I know.
The senses are liars. It's easy to fool your eyes. When you look at your friend walking away from you, the eyes report that they are growing smaller, but it's the mind that understands that they are actually farther away.
The perception senses are unreliable, yet we are forced to rely upon them. It's the brain that is the orchestral conductor - the brain organizes all the sensual data and arranges the data into patterns. It's the brain's job to help us make sense of what we perceive, but the brain too is often unreliable. What besides the senses and the brain can we fall back on? Is there a plan B?
I say that there is a plan B. Nature is aware of itself. It's a big self-referential feedback system. We are aware of ourselves and our place in nature through a faculty that plants and animals also share. We are inseparably connected to Earth's biosphere, and we participate in that feedback system. It's possible to sense nature's life, and patterns, without relying on thought at all.
Plants have no brains. What awareness they possess must be processed differently. But they are responsive creatures. They participate in the life of the biosphere actively, not passively. They are top players in the game of life.
It's been shown that plants have a form of memory. They have no eyes, yet can identify individual people. How do they do this? That question remains unanswered.
"Dr. Moss (1974, 45-49) did "green thumb" and "brown thumb" experiments. People with "green thumbs" held a damaged leaf in their hands and focused on "healing" the leaf. Before and after photos were taken of the leaf, and of a "control" leaf that was not touched. She even tried "healing at a distance," where the healer simply focused his thoughts on the leaf in question without touching it. What she found was that the "healed" leaves had a brighter aura than the unhealed leaves. She also discovered that many of the people who volunteered as "brown thumbs," (aka plant killers) really were, as the plants actually responded negatively to their touch!"
That the body has a measurable non-visible electromagnetic aura is established. That plants have similar auras is established. That the auras of people and plants can influence each other is established. That we don't have to touch to effect things is established, or else nobody would be able to play the THEREMIN.
What the heck is a THEREMIN?
Humans, animals and plants can communicate and influence each other in a way that doesn't require a brain, or else plants couldn't participate. Perhaps this is the "extrasensory perception" that everybody talks about: the natural electromagnetic communication between all living things.
It is possible that an intelligent creature similar to ourselves might possess a better ability than we do to receive, send and interpret these natural signals. After all, dogs can hear notes we cannot. Bees can see light that's in the ultraviolet range with their naked eyes, whereas we cannot. Someone like Vulcans could exist somewhere in nature. It's also not so far fetched to think that if we meet them someday, that we might become friends.
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