Re: FW: virus: Does God really exist?/Telepathy
Thu, 22 Aug 96 16:28:52 BST

Shep wrote:

>There has been a theory floating around for some time about the possibility
>of inter-group telepathy based on hallucinogenics.

I think - and correct me if I'm wrong - that this is something to do with
an idea that Shamens used in their religion. They believed that they could
commune with the dead, and with eachother through the use of what are described
as "psychodelic plants". That is, hallucinogens.

Whether this is actually true, or whether they were just tripping so much that
they made it all up, I don't know, but I too have heard stories of group
thinking whilst on hallucinogens. Not just the powerful ones either - cannabis
is classed as a hallucinogen, because in vast enough quantities is too can
produce effects like those of LSD. (I've not tried LSD, and don't intend to but
I know people who have who've confirmed this). Whilst under the influence of
what is essentially quite a mild drug, I have experienced the same kind of
contact as Shep describes.

Mind you, having said that, I've experienced some pretty frightening occurrences
of knowing what someone is going to say or do before they do it. It's only on
a mild scale, but I believe that although some of it may be coincidence, it
cannot always be so.

Richard Jones
"The Blood is the Life"