Imagine being able to know what other people were thinking?
There would be fragmented thoughts jumbled up with my own…
The brain is an amazing computer like construct, but having input from all I meet; that would be like a nightmare. I wouldn’t be able to distinguish my own thoughts!
Managing to control my own thought is difficult enough, with occasional memory loss. Remembering peoples’ names needs my full attention. If other people’s random thoughts were congesting my already unreliable memory, it would be a hell. In fact it would make me go mad.
Quiet times are essential to my peace of mind. Listening to what people are saying takes concentration. Body language gives away sufficient suggestion as to whether someone is lying or not. There are enough subtle hints without being able to hear another’s thoughts.
Of course, maybe this ability could be a good idea for the start of a novel? Or no, would it end up being just too confusing?
Full Disclosure: A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. the catch: you can’t turn it off. Do you accept the chip?