Paul:Poe's Dupin demonstrated the ability to follow other people's UNSPOKEN trains of associative thought — and though Sherlock Holmes derided this as "showy and superficial" when Watson mentioned it, he later showed that HE wasn't above doing it, too.I once traced back the chain of thoughts that'd led me from glancing at the picture on a calendar to humming the theme from the movie *Never On Sunday*. It wasn't a LONG chain, but it WAS an eccentric one: The calendar picture, a humorous scene set in a museum, included an exhibit of pottery labeled as an urn.This led me to think of an old pun, "What's a Greek urn?" (earn) "Oh, thus-and-such many drachmas a day."That triggered recollection that the female lead of *Never On Sunday* is a Greek who earns her living as a prostitute.And I began humming the theme.As I said, a short chain ... but warped.
Kaor, DAVID!And your comments here reminded me of the dreadful Gwen Ingolfsson, in Stirling's DRAKON. She said somewhere that she had been trained to accurately to accurately interpret the subvocalizations many of us unknowingly do. To such an extent that it looked like telepathy to others.It seems to me that training in both not sub vocalizing and control of body language would thwart this convenient source of information for Gwen and her fellow Homo drakensis.Sean
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