A Neuroscientist claims to have proven the telepathic abilities of some autistic savants.
Dr. Dianne Powell has made many preliminary research efforts to study the phenomena. Autism is a spectrum disorder, referred to as ASD. This means that it affects people in different ways.
It can be mild, like Asperger’s. There is Autistic Disorder, which is the classic autism most people are aware of. Also, there is Pervasive Development Disorder, which may be mostly unnoticeable.
Around 10% of people diagnosed with Autism also experience savant syndrome
Savant syndrome is evident when an individual shows unexplained prodigious abilities. Some autistic savants show profound mathematical ability. Some are musical or artistic geniuses. Some appear to be telepathic.
Dr. Powell claims she began to see holes in scientific models, deemed unquestionable by her peers. This lead her to seek clarification of these areas. An act that can have a scientist deemed a heretic by the scientific community.
There are many things science fails to understand and explain. Human consciousness remains a mystery and is immeasurable using the scientific method.
And just because science fails to measure something, doesn’t mean it does not exist. The scientific method is a limited human creation. It is also utilized by humans with severely limited perceptive abilities.
After a few personal anecdotal experiences with telepathic phenomena, Dr. Powell decided to pursue answers. Generally, telepathic phenomena is difficult to measure. You cannot demonstrate telepathy on demand. However with autistic children, you can.
To gain the scientific perspective on autism, in 1987 Dr. Powell went to The Institute of Psychiatry in London.
There, she trained under Sir Michael Rutter, who had gained his knighthood specifically for his expertise on autism.
Dr. Powell admits that deeper extensive research needs to take place. However, she feels confident that she has substantial evidence proving that some autistic children have telepathic abilities.
In a video widely available online, Dr. Powell claims to reveal evidence of a young non-verbal autistic girl’s telepathic abilities. The child astonishingly achieved a hit rate of 100%. The tests took place using 2 separate therapists, and due to the non-verbal nature of the child, prearranged “trickery” is unlikely.
Whether or not telepathy is a real phenomenon, we are learning that material science is too limited to uncover the truth. However, many well-known scientists are beginning to explore the frontiers of non-material science. The future may contain more open-minded scientific enquiry.
A human makes a grave mistake when it believes it can understand all there is to know.
There is always more to know. Absolute certainty within the skeptic community is equally as foolhardy as any absolute certainty in the heart of a religious fundamentalist.
When you want something to be real, your emotional “want” will blind you towards practicing unbiased truth seeking. The same applies to those who want something to not be real. It pays to be skeptical of both fervent believers, and fervent non-believers.
Dr. Powell will continue her research at the Parapsychological Association. The organization both retains an open mind and maintains a foundation of rationality. They research using the premise that most knowledge still exists outside of the box humanity currently resides in.
Statistical Professor Jessica Utts, at the University of California, revealed how the scientific community can cherry pick it’s conclusions. She explores this in her 1999 paper “The Significance of Statistics in Mind-Matter Research“.
The scientific community are happy to accept, for example, that taking aspirin helps prevent heart attacks. But the irony is that there is more statistical evidence to prove the existence of telepathy, than there is to back this belief about aspirin.
Which is all rather hypocritical, don’t you thing?