Telepathy may be an absurd idea to most people, but I have had several experiences in recent months that I find it hard to dismiss it completely.

I was a little surprised the first time it happened. I hadn’t heard from one of my best friends for a couple of months, and I wanted to find out how he was doing. So there I was hoping that he would give me a call, and he actually sent me a SMS message the day after.

After that incident, I decided to do an experiment with another friend. I selected him as a test subject using two simple criteria. First, he is a good friend of mine, since I believe telepathy only works if the two persons already share some form of connection. Second, I haven’t heard from him for quite a while, which was another important criteria in this experiment because it was less likely for him to contact me than a friend whom I meet up frequently with. This time I took a conscious effort to mentally concentrate on sending a telepathic message to him, asking him to contact me — and he really did email me one day later!

Not totally convinced by the empirical evidence, I did another experiment with him. We were online on MSN a few days ago, and neither of us made an attempt to talk to each other for about an hour. I decided to send him another telepathic message, asking him to initiate a conversation. Sure enough, he messaged me a minute later.

For the more scientifically inclined, here are some more facts to help you make up your own conclusions. All three of us are guys, born in the month of October, and have similar personality traits.

I don’t know if telepathy has anything to do with gender or horoscope. However, one possible explanation is that since we share the same personality, we may just happen to think and behave the same way.

12 November 2005 · Science

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