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Jeninerd August 19th, 2015 3:09pm

Mind-readers are a common recurrence in fiction, often accompanied by a serious concern over a near-sacred "mental privacy." Do you think the world would be a better place if all humans had evolved with the ability to read minds?

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Irrilogical New Jersey
08/20/15 8:04 am

If people could read my mind I'd be in jail so no

yepnope Maryland
08/20/15 2:32 pm

Lol I hope I didn't just accidently get you tagged to some list

tidford My little piece of heaven
08/20/15 7:25 am

No - then there would be no compelling reason for cell phones, so no SOH. What fun would that be?

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/20/15 8:04 am

I don't think I implied minds could be read at long distances.

tdaddy Kentucky
09/02/15 2:28 am

But even if they could be, it'd be great! Then wouldn't have to buy a new iPhone every two years, you could just buy an iPod Touch and never need another iPhone.

yepnope Maryland
08/20/15 5:42 am

No more lying. Way less anxiety. Way more freedom. We could finally see who among the most homophobic people are actually gay (Michelle Bachmans husband for one).

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googer11 Minnesota
08/20/15 4:19 am

It would take all the fun out of getting to know people.

tdaddy Kentucky
09/02/15 2:22 am

It would make getting to know people so much easier. And the friend zone would disappear, so if she/he really wanted to be your friend you would know if they meant it. And you'd know when it was time for that first romantic kiss, or more.

tdaddy Kentucky
09/02/15 2:34 am

And best of all there'd be no more guessing where your date might want to have dinner. It'd be so much nicer not to have to guess and being thought selfish if you were always wanting pizza, again.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
08/19/15 10:15 pm

Yes, definitely. Our communication capability is painfully slow and ridiculously prone to errors and misunderstanding. That would never be an issue if we could read each other's thoughts, or even if we could just communicate telepathically.

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DonWichita Kansas
08/19/15 5:50 pm

No.
It would be just another misused power tool.

HistoryFan Nomad
08/19/15 3:01 pm

I think we would no the full depths of human nature,....and then we'd develop thought crime laws.

jvc1133 61535
08/19/15 2:54 pm

I'd be dead, just walking down the street. 😎

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alynn Somewhere wonderful
08/19/15 1:55 pm

Crap...I'd be in so much trouble!

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gow488 Wisconsin
08/19/15 1:10 pm

I don't know but it would really suck if everyone could read my mind.

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
08/19/15 11:28 am

I don't think it's the same. They can only judge and influence your exterior, not your core.

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
08/19/15 11:21 am

No. I think it would result into more of a hive mind type culture. From the day people are born peers would be able to control thoughts they didn't like and keep people in line. Imagine your parents, bosses and friends all judging every thought.

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 11:23 am

They do this now. Why would this change?

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
08/19/15 11:29 am

I don't think it's the same. They can only judge and influence your exterior, not your core.

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 11:33 am

And you think judging and influencing what you do, wear, and say has no influence on your mind? I think you're mistaken. I doubt you wear clothing drastically different from your peers or dance at will in the hallways. No, I bet you conform nicely to

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 11:34 am

the social expectations of those around you.

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
08/19/15 11:40 am

Yes, but you mentioned mostly external behaviour. And since we're such social creatures this would also impact us internally but not nearly to the same degree.

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 11:42 am

But you don't have any internal desire to do those things. And you would be internally embarrassed to be in a situation like that. Your thoughts are already being influenced profoundly.

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
08/19/15 11:42 am

I remember when I was being raised thinking some things were just BS and counting the days until I didn't have to play along anymore. I wouldn't have that opportunity in this new culture.

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 11:46 am

So imagine if everyone understood that and instead respected your thoughts and let you do what you want, rather than just assuming you were okay with conforming because you were externally silent.

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
08/19/15 11:47 am

I might have the desire to do things out of the norm but I wouldn't be embarrassed by thoughts cause I'm not sharing them.

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
08/19/15 11:50 am

I think peers would respect your thoughts the same way they respect what you want to say. And people just can't say whatever they want.

Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
08/19/15 11:03 am

My immediate reaction was no. However, the more I thought about it the more sure I am that the world would be a better place with mind scanning. No more lies. I am not sure the institution of marriage could survive however.

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Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 11:20 am

I think we could adjust. I think there are a lot of couples who wouldn't have married each other. But I think maybe it might have fostered a deeper understanding for things like being attracted to other people. Also, you would always know exactly how

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 11:21 am

someone else felt about you. Maybe you would always end up with the "right" person without finding out later that they had different intentions or feelings.

Ru12bseen Ignoring the Ignorant
08/19/15 9:40 am

The whole of human history would be different. From square one absolutely nothing would could be the same as it has been. It's fun to think about

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Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 11:14 am

Exactly!

suppressedID That is my secret Cap
08/19/15 9:34 am

We'd all be a Collective or all dead.

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Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 8:20 am

As a history nerd, I like to think about how specific historical events would have played out with mind-reading. Imagine World War II, the ultimate intelligence war, if there weren't any spies, secrets, or code breakers! Or the Cold War! Did some

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 8:21 am

in power really want mutual destruction? If no one on either side did, would it have ended, just like that?

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/19/15 8:24 am

Even our own personal lives would be so different. Imagine relationships without lies or secrets.