As mentioned before, the sole definition of
intelligence is nothing more than pattern recognition.
Quite how fast any particular pattern may be recognised,
or indeed the complexity of any pattern will depend
entirely upon the current level of intelligence being
utilised in order to achieve such an objective. In the
common instance of reading, we see that relatively high
levels of intellect must be present in order that such an
activity may be indulged in. For example, the sentences
being read are constructed of words, which are themselves
constructed of letters, which are nothing more than
symbols. And yet as any individual sees such symbols,
they place them together in their respective words and
sentences, and relate them to experiences that they are
aware of, in order to understand quite what the creator
of the words is trying to communicate.
The principles underlying intelligence, are
often exploited by those laying claim to dubious powers,
along the lines of psychics, astrologers etc.
The common tactic involved by any holder of
such alleged powers is the power of intelligence within
the individual to whom the gifted one is currently giving
the reading to.
In the example of psychics, they more often
than not, hold up a simple basic pattern and take their
cues from then on, from the person to whom they are
consulting. For example:-
"I'm getting an H", is a pretty good starting place, (no reaction).
"Or is it an M?", (eyebrows slightly raised,
leaning forward to hear more).
"Yes it's an M" etc.
All the way through, the gifted individual will be
picking up on the subliminal clues of their clients body
language, therefore allowing them greater clarity, as
they progress through the reading, continuing their hit/miss
process, ignoring the misses, and amplifying on the hits,
until at the end of the sitting the person receiving the
reading inevitably wonders how on earth, they could have known so much.
In order for the reading to be genuinely
accepted as being a sign of the true giftedness of the
reader, the relationship must be a two way one, resulting
in those that, deep down, want to believe in these
incredible gifts, will believe in them no matter what,
ignoring completely, as did the reader, all the misses,
and only remembering the hits.
Once these principles are fully understood, it
is possible for the receiver to utilise them to their
advantage. in the most simple of instances, the easiest
way to fool any such reader is to simply give them no
information whatsoever, resulting in the reading being
given, meaning practically nothing, followed by a rather
lame, "I'm sorry, you've caught me on a bad day, it
comes and goes", or an exceptionally poor reading
which would be applicable to near on anyone.
More interestingly, it is possible to lead the
psychic a right merry dance, merely by giving them false
hits. For example the psychic may start off:-
"I'm getting an H".
"Yes" (leaning forward enthusiastically).
"Yes, let me concentrate, it's a bit hazy, Henry?
"Yes that's it, Harold."
"What does he say?"
"He says there's no need to worry, he's fine where
he is" etc.
No doubt, as the sitting progresses, and as the psychic
receives yet more false hits, the reading itself will
become far more specified, and yet common sense states
that, if the psychic really was receiving messages, and
not merely taking cues from the person they are giving
the reading to, then surely Harold himself would be
screaming "No, not them, you've got the wrong person."
Astrology too, is a common place for such
principles to flourish, in any particular reading, there
will only ever be, a simple basic pattern, which the
receiver will be forced to interpret in their own way,
and more often than not, will be applicable to near on
anyone. For example:-
"Something's been troubling you recently".
"I see a lot of worrying about money".
"There are relationship problems" etc.
The fact is the above examples, and plenty more besides
are applicable to anyone. They're more often than not be
followed up by, "But don't worry, things will turn out good".
And again, as in all such instances, they may
claim to be able to pick up on things in your past,
present and future, things which 'They couldn't possibly
have known', and yet they don't seem to be able to tell
if you've killed five people with an axe, chopped up
their corpses, and hid them under the stairs.
Clearly, no matter what the chosen vehicle any
gifted individual chooses to exercises their talents, the
real powers lie in the intelligence of those they give
their readings to. Which is probably why, those that lay
claim to such powers, have a strange habit of exercising
their gifts in a multitude of different guises, reading
tea leaves, reading palms, messages from beyond the grave,
picking up on the vibes from jewellery, no matter what
the chosen vocation, they all rely on the same basic
principle of the exploitation of pattern recognition
within those they consult.
The same basic principles are responsible for
those experiencing certain aspects of paranoia. Whilst
their claims of being followed, spied upon, receiving
subliminal messages from the news reader on television,
the writer of certain songs etc. may sound outrageous,
upon closer inspection, they are no more so, than the
person claiming to have received an accurate reading from
any one claiming to possess some form of psychic gift.
In the example of something so astounding as
the news reader giving subliminal messages to the
paranoid nutter, no doubt the person in question would
start isolating and recognising certain patterns within
the information that was being presented to him, and
matching that pattern, to something they may well have
personally seen, heard, or experienced. For example, the
news reader may tell of a house fire somewhere, with the
paranoid individual associating it with the fact that
they burnt their finger whilst lighting up a cigarette
that very morning. And whilst such an act of basic
pattern recognition may not, on its own, escalate into
claims of receiving subliminal messages, when such
patterns are isolated and recognised time and time again,
it certainly becomes far more understandable as to how
somebody may claim to be receiving such messages,
rendering them no more insane than anyone who swears by
the amazing gifts of the astrologer, tea leaf reader,
psychic, and clairvoyant.
© Sean Copland 1995-2014