Don’t Mind Me: The Morality of Mind Reading

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A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. The catch: you can’t turn it off. Do you accept the chip?

This is a prompt by The Daily Post. I thought it was an interesting concept to explore.

Why I Might…

This would be the key to unlocking the mystery of the actual sense of us. Up to now, we have never felt or experienced what it’s like to be in someone else’s consciousness. We have never truly known if they process their surroundings the way we, individually, do.

I saw an interesting video related to this topic. It played around with the idea that we visually might see colors differently. For, we have no way of knowing or truly expressing what color is. You can say that it’s bright or cool, but can you specifically and accurately render an image in another person’s mind who has never even seen color?

And this would take the guesswork out of what someone truly thinks of you. I think that people lie to others at a much higher frequency than we presume.

If I experienced others’ thought, would I be aware that it belonged to another, or would I feel as if it were my own? Would it be as if I was watching it as a spectator, or feel as if I was the actual person?

Would I become wiser than what is humanly possible? With all this new knowledge and perspective, I would be able to utilize the combined memories of many to achieve a paragon of intelligence. In order for you to gain new knowledge, you must first have pre-existing knowledge of how to enhance your mental capacity.

Why I Might Not…

All of these capabilities might not necessarily be beneficial. Would I be considered a separate species, or more evolved counterpart? If only one human has this advantageous trait in the population, this can only mean trouble.

Would this knowledge gained ultimately destroy me as it could go beyond the limits of what human existence can stand?

My Ultimatum: I would deny this offer. As tempting as it may seem, there are too many unforseen risk factors.  

What would you decide?

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  17. Loving the balanced approach you’ve taken, looking at pros and cons.
    I didn’t even consider that it could answer questions about if and how experiences are subjective to each individual.

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    • Thank you, when I first saw this prompt I wondered if I would be able to differentiate my thoughts and other’s. I wondered if the knowledge I gained would change me as an individual.

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      • I do believe we think in our first language, so communication would be hard between people of two different tongues. However, perhaps through mind reading you could learn their language (similar to how we first learned to speak as babies, through visual and audial cues of our surroundings). I also wonder how we can describe the actual experience of thinking.

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