In the event you’ve read my books (THE EMERALD TABLET and THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD), you know that the kids in them have extra awesome brain powers that let them do things normal (human) kids wouldn’t be able to do. These include telepathy (mind reading), telekinesis (moving things without touching them), and telegnosis (which I stretch a bit to be the ability to find lost objects and even to see the past/future). I love these powers. The idea of the brain developing enough to make them possible has always fascinated me, and hopefully fascinates kids, too.
Every time I do a school visit, I ask the kids which they’d rather have: TELEPATHY or TELEKINESIS.
Me? I’m thinking I don’t really want to know what people are thinking of me. The idea that thoughts which are broadcast out into the world could be picked up and heard by others is so invasive. (Luckily, telejamming is also a skill the kids in my world have – they can learn to block mind reading, etc).
In a world where telekinesis was the norm, would humans get lazy? Have we already gotten lazy in other ways, and this would be just one more to add to the list? If we never had to get up off our butts and move anything, would our muscles atrophy beyond all use? Or would telekinesis be hard too, sometimes to the point where getting up and moving something with out hands would simply be easier all the way around?
And which would you rather have: TELEPATHY or TELEKINESIS?
PJ Hoover knows what you’re thinking right now :)