Tuesday, 4 April 2017
A Conceptual Error
However, is telepathic communication possible between a Chereoinite and a Terrestrial? He can read our thoughts but we cannot read his. Can he not only receive but also transmit? Is he not only a telepath but also a telesend? Can he transmit a question and read our response?
I think that he cannot. If Aycharaych had this power, then he would use it to spread disinformation. If a spontaneous, intuitive thought enters your conscious mind, how can you tell whether it has emerged from your unconscious or has arrived from Aycharaych's mind? If he had this power, then he would use it to the full.
CS Lewis' demon Screwtape, advising the novice tempter, Wormwood, suggests that, if Wormwood's human "patient" is feeling down, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized etc, then Wormwood should smuggle in the presumptuous thought, "By Jove, I'm being humble!" Can demons or telepaths do this? Insert a thought that we think is ours? With such a power, Aycharaych would subvert and defeat the Terran Empire very quickly.