Are we our own psychics?

[DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING SORT OF KINDA BULLSHIT ]

I’ve known about “Why?” for about 2-3 years now and have heard their song “Fatalist Palmistry” a million times, but it wasn’t until 3 weeks ago that I really focused on a lyric.

• i know a psychic who reads her own palms
and her findings are personal
• she keeps her fists shut tight and she sleeps on her side,
• well maybe she knows something i don’t know.

Ooooh, how interesting! A psychic that can read her own mind. I know what you’re thinking, “You’re stupid, Dan. She can read her mind because it’s hers! Psychics don’t exist, they just take cues from their clients and construct vague yet applicable statements.” I wholeheartedly agree with most of those thoughts.

First of all, I’m not stupid. Second of all, psychics don’t exist. However, what a strange lyric. It seems that we are our very own psychics. We have a window to our own conscious lives. At the very least, we are psychic beings in nominal way. The word “psychic” comes from the greek work for mind or soul.

Could it be that there are psychics? In a certain sense, I think so. The most obvious example is found in those cases when you finish your friend’s sentence. This probably doesn’t seem like a psychic power, but it really is. How is it that you were able to do that? Well, you know a lot about this person. You’ve learned about their lives and many other things. However, I don’t think that loading all this information into a computer would allow it finish your friend’s sentence. What is truly important is how this information is organized. This is where the mind  comes in. It stores certain information in certain areas. Important data at the “top”, less important data at the “bottom”. When you’re with your friend, your mind is in a certain state. A state that is ready primed to respond to this particular person. It becomes aware of your friend’s presence and dispositions.

We are fully-synthesized with ourselves (at least ‘normal’ people are). We know what we have done. We know what we like and dislike. But, as mentioned above, we also have certain information about others’ minds and are able to store that information and cull it when necessary.

So, next time you’re watching TV and see something interesting and you look to your roommate and immediately realize that they are thinking the same thing, be aware that you have read their mind and them yours. You are psychics!

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