Chaos Tuesday! Which instant and permanent change would cause more global chaos: everyone can now read the minds of anyone within 25 feet of them, or everyone loses the capacity to read any written language?
Mind reading would cause a lot more order in that we would find things out quicker. Initially there would be more chaos but if it were permanent it would lead to more order.
You'd be surprised how often we already read minds subconsciously through body language or tone of voice. Illiteracy was already an "epidemic" through US history, but resolving it brought us to positive change. Imagine the present with illiteracy...
Agreed, I can get a general idea of what one is thinking about based entirely on expression and where one is looking. I bet we all can.
It appears people in Maine already can read each others minds and it's not working well.
I would think mind reading would create more order, not chaos
Think about the voices in your head.
mind reading would be total chaos. .. just ask Sookie!
Can you imagine the chaos in big cities with everyone hearing everyone's thoughts as they get within 25 feet of each other?! That would drive me nuts! :P
No one can read, rather than a select few? The South with rise again!
Be more harmful to lose ability to read/write. We would adapt to become an honest species. Now big governments cant lie! Woohoo!!
Big governments would still get away with lying. Mind reading would only work within 25 feet. When is the last time you got within 25 feet of a politician? It might happen, but rarely.
I wouldn't survive the day. The rude and disrespectful things I be thinking during the process of one day would get me burned at the stake.
People survived before the written word. Can you imagine the riots if mind wading were possible? No thank you!
Of course, people survived then. But, written language has advanced civilization. Business, the Internet, banking ... all would crumble, without writing.
This is the hardest question I have ever had to answer on SoH
I'd think mind reading. If you encountered someone truly evil, they would take advantage of what you were thinking.
Women don't need to know what we're thinking.
The fear of mind reading makes me think people do not live very honest lives and are afraid of their hateful thoughts. What is it people will hear you think that you are so afraid of?
I can see all the politicians walking around with no one allowed within that 25' mind reading bubble.
Lose books, Internet, computers, and all records and maps... Yep. We boned
I'd rather lose the ability to write. they invented sign language for a reason. not the same as this, but you get my point. there's a solution. mind reading! we'd lose a lot of personal information quickly.
We could always send flash drives with our voices on it instead of sending a word document!
Who would program the computer to do that? No one could read the programming language.
If EVERYBODY could read minds, we'd get used to having no secrets or block out thoughts with white noise. Pink elephant pink elephant bahama mama...
Unable to read means unable to write. Without that kind of communication most business would stall, far worse.
The power of Sign Language. easy to learn, easy to use, mostly universal.
Mind reading starts fights, no reading starts prerecorded messages!
If everyone could read the minds of everyone else wouldn't they all be thinking the exact same thing?
Not at all.. We'll just all know what yer thinking, and you'll know what I'm thinking. I'll also know that you know..
Would you do a tradeoff of losing the capacity to read any written language to be able to read anyone's mind within 25 feet of you?
Yeah, as long as I am the only one
Apparently Congress has already lost the ability to read anything.
Except your emails...
ftw = for the win.
OMG it's started
Thank you nostromo and xandria.
Man! Look at that body. That's what I call a good looking....SLAP. Yea I think mind reading would be worse.
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The spoken word would still work. The world would go on.
The ability to read minds would, imho, have more drastic effects. It is the ultimate invasion of privacy.
Student- " gosh she is such a b****"
Teacher- " note to self fail scotty"
Are the discussions died because of the new iOS update? are we all the leftover android users? :/
Are you on Android? I thought Android users saw the same thing as iOS 2.1 now. (There are actually 156 comments on this thread.) You can also use a web version now, at w.showofhands.mobi/polls/ If you are an iOS user, see Tony's message at the top of the poll list, & a recent blog post.
I only see 18 comments... I'm with ya here!
kay - If you're on an iOS device with 2.0, you should update to 2.1. Otherwise, try the web version. Link & other tips in my earlier reply.
There are actually 174 messages in this poll. You just can't see most of them from where you are.
Susan, I guess they can't see your response ... or mine, either.
Tony should get the word out again, to people who have not yet upgraded.
Grandma - They can see mine because I wrote it using 2.0. Tony *has* posted a message at the top of the poll list,
Visible in 2.0 only, reminding them up the importance of the update. I don't know how many are using a Kindle, which is another...
..issue. I'd write a personal reply to *each* of them (there are about 15 in that poll alone) but everyone in 2.1 would see these too & some would be very annoyed at the "spamming" (that already happened on one poll where I posted a couple messages).
That makes sense! How do you post using 2.0? Do you have one device using 2.0 and another using 2.1?
Yes, I kept 2.0 on my iPad (with 2.1 on my iPhone) specifically to watch for folks who seemed confused about how to update & communicate with them... Didn't expect to see so many who seemed oblivious to the change. I may switch the iPad to 2.1 soon.
Since street markings are arguably a written language, I forsee a lot of car accidents on multi-lane roads, should the latter happen. Also, a LOT of medical mishaps, and probably a few nuclear meltdowns.
People would kill each other over the first one. But they'd die because of the second.
The Tower of Babel resulted in a few thousand years of confusion. I'm thinking Babel 2.0 would be about the same.
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In today's technological age where we all communicate through written letters, emails, texts, etc. and our laws are written out, the amount of chaos and confusion that would pursue would be horrible.
Dangit! All the sudden laws are illegible, so I can't be prosecuted for it, but I can't read the Internet to order myself a machine gun!
I hope I could tune out people, instead of getting random blather of everyone near me. Of course the wacko playing with himself on on the bus or BART would be the loudest mind-voice, sigh.
If people could read minds, that would be their communication.
Reading minds would only be chaos for politicians and used car salesmen.
And cheating spouses ;-)
The written language would devastate us right now. Over time we could probs find some way around it tho
I'm not use to controlling what I think about... illiterate please.
There's always sign language!
Or you know... Verbal language
I read the question wrong... That or I assumed if we can't read we can't speak
either way there's a solution. sign language!! easy to learn, easy to use!!
Xandria, most written communication is NOT face to face. How would I pay my bills, without writing? Checks would not work. Online payment would not work. I would have to drive to my utility company and hand them cash. But, without written records ...
... how would they know how much I owe?
That's only one example. You are minimizing the importance of writing.
Sign language is a great substitute for talking. It doesn't help for written communication over a distance (mail or Internet) ...
... or for business records.
people lived for a very long time with only verbal communication. if we knew what everyone around us was thinking it would take along time to adjust life to fit this new talent.
I think not having the ability to go on show of hands would create more chaos than reading minds.
Reading everyone's mind would most likely result in an information overload for most folks. This would conceivably be enough to shut down independent thought and actions.
If everyone could read everyones elses thoughts...oh shiitake mushrooms there would be absolute Hell.
Possible effects on politics:
1) It would be illegal to come within 25 feet of a politician.
2) No effect.
Politicians would have to think about brick walls everywhere they went!
"Holy cow, he really was just speaking his mind the whole time!" -my neighbors
I've worked in customer service a longtime and feel like no one knows how to read VERY clear signs and/or instructions anyway. So I choose mind reading.
mind reading would cause some chaos at first but eventually would be like another sense and used as a tool in everyday life. Not being able to read would be complete chaos. Nobody could read road signs or know how fast they are going. Industrial workers wouldn't be able to read guages or take
measurements, and computers would be all but worthless.
They would just make all road signs from pictures, colors and shapes like how most of them are. The only problem there would be the name of streets and cities.
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That's what I've been saying!!!!
Most likely, anyone who's gained the skill to read minds would keep it to themselves.
I knew you were going to say that