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Do you think the world would be better or worse if we could read each other's minds?

Asked by nikipedia (27526points) May 19th, 2008

It would be a big adjustment, and it would suck to have to hear that people have negative thoughts about you, but after we all got used to that (which could even take a couple generations), don’t you think everything would be better?

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Mtl_zack's avatar

people would have to learn to control their thoughts, which is a good thing in my point if view. however there would have to be a proximity factor in the mix. like you can only read someones mind if theyre 10 meters away from you. theres good and theres bad as well.

kevbo's avatar

I’d probably be sent to prison for multiple felonies.

Mtl_zack's avatar

but would the government be corrupt for invading your privacy in order to get you in prison? like if they had a mindreading printer that they use for evidence in the courts. the easiest evidence of the crime to find is in your head. theres 2 sides to this mess.

Allie's avatar

Being able to read minds would definitely be used the wrong way by some people.
Could you imagine all the music that would be stolen from someone else’s thoughts? Wars being started between countries just because one of them was thinking about it? Hmm..
Basically, I think the world would be worse because there are going to be people who will ruin it for everyone else. There always are.

Allie's avatar

Haha, I just noticed your tags.

marinelife's avatar

If you postulate people reading minds, then there would likely be mental shielding techniques. If not, one would go mad from being bombarded by the thoughts of everyone around them all the time. If we had shields like that, we could probably block most probes. I also think the culture would develop codes of acceptable behavior, which would probably frown on invading another’s thoughts uninvited.

I think the world would be better off, especially if some people were empaths as well as mind readers. We could avoid cultural misunderstandings. For example, the paranoid regime controlling Myanmar might be able to ascertain that Western nations motives for sending aid really are to help all the people suffering after the disaster.

AstroChuck's avatar

Worse for me. My wife would leave me.

spendy's avatar

Enter “Thought Police” -

Would the First Amendment still apply since thoughts are actually just you talking to yourself in your head?

AstroChuck's avatar

“The Thought Police, they live inside my head.
The Thought Police, they come to me in my bed.
The Thought Police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh no!”

spendy's avatar

George Orwell…he wasn’t so far off.

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hoopman's avatar

It would be real nasty if we could read each other’s minds..

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