Google Tech Talks September 2, 2008 ABSTRACT We have been brought up to believe that the mind is located inside the head. But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is too limited. Recent experimental results show that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if they look from behind and if all sensory clues are eliminated. And people’s intentions can be detected by animals from miles away. The commonest kind of non-local interaction mental influence occurs in connection with telephone calls, where most people have had the experience of thinking of someone shortly before they ring. Controlled, randomized tests on telephone telepathy have given highly significant positive results. Research techniques have now been automated and experiments on telepathy are now being conducted through the internet and cell phones, enabling widespread participation. Speaker: Rupert Sheldrake Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 75 technical papers and ten books, the most recent being The Sense of Being Stared At. He studied at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He is currently Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College Cambridge.
I have a friend, who isn’t really a friend, she just sticks with me in the two classes we share, technology and VA. She’s always uncomfortably close to me, but I ignored that because I didn’t want to freak her out about my space issues.
In tech, I came late, and I have no where to sit. But then she got me a seat and put it right next to hers, and said to me, “Now nothing is separating us!” then laughed and said “Except for this table.”
Then, in VA, we were doing Photoshop, and she had finished her project. She went over to me, sitting so close that our shoulders were touching, and I just went on with my project. Then she hugged my arm and leaned her head on my shoulder.
WAY too much of a space invader. I reserve that kind of contact with someone I’m interested in, or a close family member. But I barely know this girl. Don’t even know what her last name is!
I’m a girl, too, which freaks me out even more.
Can I avoid this contact/show that I don’t want it without directly confronting her about it? I don’t want to be mean, but I’m very uncomfortable with people making contact with me that way.
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