With all due apologies to the physical universe and to Gene Roddenberry, creator of the “Star Trek” television and movie series, Im here to propose that space is not “the final frontier.”
Rather it is the mind of man, studied and ruminated on since the birth of written records (and probably prior to that), that is truly “the undiscovered country” (sorry again, “Star Trek”). For despite all that examination, experimentation and cogitation, the mind remains, for the most part, an inscrutable mystery.
It seems to me, though, that efforts to promote the practice of mind reading could shed a great deal of light on the minds workings, not to mention having huge practical value. If we knew what our spouses were thinking, for example, thousands of marriages might be savedor quickly ended. OK, that was probably a bad example, but you get the point: Mind reading could promote better communication between people in all walks of life.
Now I know what youre thinking (ahem), but before you go pooh-poohing the notion of mind reading, let me offer some evidence in its defense.
One evening some years ago, I was playing a particularly competitive game of “Trivial Pursuit” with some friends when a question from the Science and Nature category completely stumped me. I like to think I know a lot of things, but this particular question had me absolutely bumfuzzled. I couldnt make an educated guess at the answer. In fact, I couldnt even think of a wild guess that made any sense whatsoever.
As my opponent, holding the answer in front of him, observed my apparent lack of knowledge with a smile of smug satisfaction, a thought came into my head. It was a nonsensical thought, a ridiculous thought, a thought that could never in a million years be the answer I needed. But it was the only thought that came, so I sighed, rolled my eyes and blurted it out.
Lo and behold, my random thought did indeed turn out to be the correct answer, and this upset my opponent to no end. “You got that from my mind!” he insisted, whereupon he threw the cards down and quit the game, leaving me the undisputed winner.
Now youre probably thinking you need a more convincing example than this one instance of seeming ESP. OK, then consider this.