Mind reading has been around for centuries, It has astounded men and women alike all over the globe. But what is it really? It is gererally regarded as some sort of almost magical ability to read and map someones thoughts based on their body language, information given about their lives and their emotions. Otherwise known as "mind sight" it is thought to tell someone a great deal about a person's thoughts, feelings and actions. But is this really the case? Lets investigate. Mind reading seems to be more than a case of "ballhy hoo" logic. It has been used for centuries mostly to understand the nuances of people's emotions. It is used in several industries , either tacitly or practically to understand a person better. It has been used to look at the emotions of actors, read the body language of prospective employees and pick up subtle nuances in the interview rooms of police stations. Now whilst the experts involved in these situations will probably not agree that that is what they are doing, essentially, if they thought about it that is exactly what is going on They are using unspoken signals to understand the person they are dealing with better. We all do this kind of "mind reading" tacitly. That sense of getting a "good" or "bad" feeling about someone is based on principles of looking at behavior, a person's tone of voice, their body language and what they are saying to you in the context. Now whilst this is not akin to understanding someones thoughts, it is in fact a kind of "mind reading". This is because we are studying the person closely to understand their motives and to predict actions they may take. This is actually, understanding their way of thinking and how they apply this in their day-to-day life.
However, is their any scientific evidence available to suggest that we can perform this kind of mental digging? Well neuroscientists at a number of universities can now see a difference in brain activity according to what a person is seeing. At Yale University it was shown that a different kind of brain activity could be mapped according to the pictures of faces that a person was shown. They believe that this in fact was the brain's inherent response to reading faces and trying to figure out what the intentions and thoughts of that person were At Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh a neuroscientist, Marcel Just is looking into brain activity to see if we can use a device to predict things like telephone numbers just by looking at objects. For example, if you need the number of a garage for you car, just by looking at your car and imagining the garage you can predict the number. Sound a little far fetched? Well not according to Just. He is dreaming of the day when we can go around predicting people's thoughts i.e. literally making our thoughts public knowledge. At the moment current MRI-blood flow technology helps read our instincts and emotions by examining the blood flow to our head. However, this is not like a portable device that Just is talking about where we can walk around with it and hear other peoples thoughts. This kind of technology is still about 5- 10 years away, if it will happen at all Then of course, there is the general kinds of human rights issues that go with this Does it not invade our privacy to have our thoughts read? Does it not cause a restriction to freedom of movement if our thoughts are to be read everywhere we go, therefore possibly making us not want to frequent certain places? These are certainly issues which would be brought up if such a technology were to become available. So whether you think it fact or fiction, there is definitely the possibility that one day our thoughts could be read and understood. But currently this seems a little more like fiction. For many reasons, even if this kind of technology becomes available it may not be for public use