Michio Kaku
Professor of Theoretical Physics, CUNY
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Telepathy Is Easier Than You Think

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Some have proposed using quantum entanglement (the invisible umbilical cord that exists between objects) as a form of telepathy. But there are much more practical ways of achieving telepathy that already exist.

Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku is a futurist, popularizer of science, and theoretical physicist, as well as a bestselling author and the host of two radio programs. He is the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory. He holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics and a joint appointment at City College of New York and the Graduate Center of C.U.N.Y. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Kaku launched his Big Think blog, "Dr. Kaku's Universe," in March 2010.

Transcript

Michio Kaku: Personally, I think that there are easier ways of telepathy than using quantum entanglement.  Already we can take MRI scans, EEG scans of the brain, decipher them using computers, shoot that information to another person.  This is called radio-enhanced telepathy.  

Using quantum entanglement to do that is quite complicated because of the problem of de-coherence.  Objects that vibrate in phase when you separate them are also coherent.  There’s an umbilical cord that emerges between two objects.  That’s called quantum entanglement.  However, we consist of trillions upon trillions of atoms, so to get two minds to vibrate in unison like that would be impossible.  The world’s record for making objects entangled is only just a few atoms.  Imagine trying to entangle two minds together. 

So it sounds like a neat idea, putting quantum entanglement with telepathy, but hey, let’s be real: there is an easier way to do it, and that’s using computers and radio.

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