OpinionIf everyone could read minds, the world would be a better place.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2010-11-20 at 19:35:39   (7 comments)

On 2010-11-20 at 19:38:36, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Trying to communicate your position on something can be a minefield, with a lot of room for misunderstanding. It's not helped by the possibility that the other person is lying or deceiving you, which you have to account for even if they're actually being honest. Trust would be greatly enhanced by mind-reading, and all types of relationships would run much more smoothly - although of course you could still deceive by email, etc.
On 2010-11-21 at 11:25:37, Thelevellers wrote...
NO! What about all the un-guarded thoughts you can enjoy? The instant reaction, that is often slightly adjusted after a few seconds... If it was selective mind reading I'd go with it, but then half the benefits go...
On 2010-11-25 at 19:36:05, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Obviously human evolution, human history and daily life is massively dependent on being able to keep things to yourself. My argument is that we're so used to minds being black boxes, only leaking information by speech and inadvertent gestures, etc., that we simply find it difficult to imagine any other way of doing things. If you're busy hiding most of your mind then I'd say you're only living half a life. What about the girl you like but haven't told yet? Or what about the things other people think you need to improve but don't tell you? Perhaps the worst thing would be knowing how much people dislike you, making some people's lives much more miserable, but for the rest of us things could only get better? (Sorry for the delay in responding).
On 2010-11-25 at 21:37:53, Thelevellers wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: What about the girl it's grossly inappropriate to like? Or that manager you can't stand? What about trying to hide the fact you're gay because it's illegal in your country? I like the idea of being MORE open, but there always comes a point where I think 'It really would be better to have SOME stuff hidden away...' (I'll get over the delay, I have better things to do with my life, honest! :P )
On 2010-11-29 at 18:40:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I think those problems you list are to do with the fact that we cannot read minds. So the transition would be a terrible thing, agreed. But the topic is about a world where we've always been able to read minds, or we've been able to do it for a long time. The fact is that even if your 'secrets' seem to be a big deal, everyone else's are as well (to them). There's no doubt that some people will have real problems, but it will be made up by the 'shortcuts' to the truth. Then again - how do you keep passwords hidden, etc? Have you read "Martians, Go Home"? A brilliant book where telepathic Martians expose everyone's secrets, destroying the world's economies overnight.
On 2010-12-04 at 10:03:18, Thelevellers wrote...
Hmmm. I suppose it wouldn't be an issue at all if it had always been so, it would be changing that would suck. I don't think you would have need for passwords in such a world. You would be able to trust everyone (including untrustworthy people, as you could 'trust' them to break it, so to speak) I've not read it, I would say I'll add it to the list, but the list isn't really moving atm :P
On 2011-03-05 at 04:33:50, BorgClown wrote...
No secrets, no deception, no privacy. The outcome should be positive if the peace of mind overcomes the paranoia of losing a part of your individuality.