When I was in my last year of high school, the first year when I was able to talk to other students, I devised an experiment to satisfy myself whether telepathy exists.
I got invited by three other boys to join them in playing cards at lunch, specifically the game Euchre which requires four players.
For those who don’t know, and without going into all the rules, let’s just say that Euchre is played in two ‘teams’ of two. In each round of play, you are dealt five cards and then you and your partner (who sits directly opposite you) try to coordinate your play.
Based on one of the cards left after the deal, one suit is declared trump. If it’s a heart, then a heart of any rank will defeat even an ace of clubs, spades or diamonds.
And so, each round when your partner is playing their card, you often find yourself wishing they will play one card or another.
Early on I decided to see if I could influence the play of my partner. Technically I could have tried to influence any of the three, but I decided to to concentrate only on my partner for that day, since I was trying to keep it simple, and the two of us would naturally be trying to ‘connect’.
I started by wishing for my partner to play one suit or another, but I quickly found that I had more success simply wishing they would play a red card or a black card. Why? I suspect that telepathy is especially visual, and color is more important, or more noticeable, than number or shape.
Because we changed partners every day, I got to work with all three. Beginning to play sometime in late September, we played at least 4 days a week, and got through 2-3 games each lunch hour. Each day we switched partners, so over the fall, winter and spring I played more or less equally with each of the other three through maybe 250 games.
Now, the three partners, who I will simply call A, B, and C:
- ‘A’ was a moody, very sensitive young man who according to someone who supposedly got it from a teacher, got an extremely high IQ score in school testing. Having got to know him, and if I had today’s perspective, I would have suspected him of being on the spectrum. An ‘aspie’.
- ‘B’ was the most normal of us. He was the most outgoing, most talkative, and he was probably above average in intelligence. Had the four of us been judged by a panel, he probably would have been deemed ‘most likely to succeed’.
- ‘C’ might have been considered normal too, but he was enigmatic. The most physical of us – a hockey or football player, or maybe both – he had that natural strength, physical and mental, that you find in men who’ve grown up on a farm. He was one of those imperturbable people who, if knocked down, gets up without ado. He had an unreadable, opaque personality, the kind which causes many people to judge them to be of lower intelligence. But his intelligence was not lower, just inaccessible.
Needless to say, none of the three knew what I was doing. Until today, none of them know anything about it. Here is what happened:
- My best success was with ‘A’. Again and again I would think ‘red’ or ‘black’ and out would come a red or a black card. Not every time, but far too often to have been the result of chance. This was most impressive when you consider that in some hands he would have been missing the right color altogether, so that in those cases the chance of influencing him was nil. And there must have been many times when it would not have made sense to play a red card when I was asking for a red card, even though he had one.
- With ‘B’, I had some success, but not much. If the random chance of the right suit being played in this kind of setup is 25%, B probably came in at 35% (vs A who was at least in the 60% range).
- ‘C”? – I had no sense of influencing him at all. If anyone’s results were the product of chance alone, or purely of his own doing , it was his.
But, there is the possibility that players who are not consciously trying to influence a partner will influence them unconsciously. It is possible that sometimes when I was trying to influence my partner the other pair were doing better, but influencing each other only unconsciously.
Now, you might want to ask, where are my stats? There are none, because this was intended for me alone. I was doing science, but it was science only for me. All I wanted to know was whether telepathy was real, and I found out. Whatever telepathy is, and however it works, I have never since then been in any doubt that it’s real.
You can do this kind of ‘personal science’ too. Just think it through first. It can be done in all sorts of circumstances, not just card games. Try it and see.