Twins and Telepathy: The Inexplicable Connection

If you’ve ever had the sudden feeling of knowing that something has happened to a loved one, usually something dangerous or even life-threatening, then you are not alone. Many people, even in our modern, scientific, and increasingly secular culture, report having felt some sort of telepathic connection to another person. They may know when that person is in trouble, when that person is about to call, or what that person is about to say or think. It should come as no surprise, then, that cases of telepathy between twins are among the most startling and convincing of all.

The concept of telepathy has never been accepted by the mainstream scientific community, whether in twins or anyone else. Consequently, there is little to no money for research into telepathy (not to mention that those scientists who are brave enough to do research into telepathy must suffer the consistent ridicule for dealing in pseudoscience – an insultingly, offhand way of saying the researchers are not scientists at all). As a rule, research into anything considered paranormal won’t even be considered for publication in high profile scientific research magazines and periodicals. Nevertheless, many open minded researchers have steadily and quietly looking into telepathy for centuries.

In their seminal 1886 work, the two volume Phantasms of the Living, researchers Edmund Gurney, Frederic W. H. Myers, and Frank Podmore noted that instances of telepathy among twins were disproportionate to similar instances among the general population. They were also able to provide of few interesting case studies for their reader’s consideration.

One such account came from Mr. A. J. Mclean, who reported that one night while his twin brother was in the middle of a six-week yachting trip off Norway, he felt certain that something had gone terribly wrong. Once the brother returned he confirmed that there had been a terrible storm that very night, and that he and his yacht mates were certain they would not survive.

A similar case came to the authors in 1884 from Mr. James M. Wilson, a mathematician and headmaster of Clifton College. One night, while he was a young man at Cambridge, Wilson began to feel extremely ill and was certain that he was dying, despite being in perfect health. Around 11PM he began to feel better and headed to bed, but, unfortunately, received a letter the next morning informing him that his twin brother had died the night before.

A hundred years later, reports of twin telepathy are still being documented. A recent publication from the Institute of Noetic Sciences entitled Twin Telepathy and the Illusion of Separation noted some very similar cases to those reported in Phantasms of the Living. For example, there was the case of Nita Hurst who, in 1975, experienced agonizing pain in her leg and bruising on the left side of her body, only to discover later that her twin sister had been involved in a car crash at the exact same time that she experienced the symptoms.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences publication also presented some fascinating cases of twins who had been separated their entire lives, only to discover uncanny and improbable similarities upon finally meeting. For example, when twin sisters Bridget Harrison and Dorothy Lowe were reunited in 1979, they were both wearing almost identical jewelry, consisting of seven rings, three bracelets, and a watch. The sisters then discovered that one had a son named Andrew Richard while another had a son named Richard Andrew, that they had both kept the exact same diary in the year 1960, and that the diaries even had the exact same blank days.

One of the more fascinating ‘tests’ regarding twins and telepathy took place, not in a scientific lab, but at a London, UK, TV studio in 2003. Noted polygraph expert Jeremy Barrett connected both twins to polygraph machines. The twins were seperated into seperated into two different studios out of sight and sound of one another. When one twin was exposed to ice cold water, a spike registered on the other twin’s polygraph, as if that twin had gasped. A second test was run where one twin was surprised, frightened, and again, the other twin registered a response. This was all done live in front of a TV audience. A similar test was run in 1997 on another set of twins by Barrett producing the same results.

Another test in 2008 (again, for a UK television special) involved triplets. The triplets were monitored for heart rate, respiration and brain activity. They were then sequestered in separate rooms. When one of the triplets received an electrical shock, the other two registered a similar, those less pronounced, physical responses. Naturally, the scientific community has largely rejected these experiments as ‘unscientific’ and lacking ridge controls. Yet, no scientific study is forth coming to explore this possible proof of telepathy.

As mentioned, no scientists want to risk their careers doing ‘paranormal’ research; few universities want to be associated with paranormal research; and few people or corporation would even consider funding such research. Apparently, for the scientific community, it’s just better to deny telepathy is real than to be scientific and find out. Why is that? Because of deep-seated beliefs, literally the ‘laws’ about the way the universe is supposed to work would be subject to question. To scientists, proof of telepathy would be like discovering the world isn’t flat, it’s round. If telepathy existed, many scientists argue, then it would violate basic laws of causality and locality, which say that an object can only act on another object by directly and physically making contact with it. Telepathy does not seem to obey such laws since it often works over great distances, as can be seen in the cases presented above.

In his book Science and Psychic Phenomena, Chris Carter notes that quantum physicists are typically more accepting of telepathy. That’s doesn’t mean that all quantum physicists agree that there is a possibility telepathy exists. Most remain convinced telepathy is impossible. However, with advancements in quantum physics and dealing with ideas such as non-locality and entanglement on a daily basis, quantum physicists as a whole tend to be more open-minded to telepathy than are scientists in fields such as biology and psychology, which still hold a mechanistic, Newtonian view of the universe.

It is likely that before the scientific community at large can begin to take telepathy serious it will have to confront the limitations of the Newtonian, mechanized universe model. Science may also have to confront that telepathy cannot be isolated in a laboratory. When dealing with a phenomena that seemingly can transcend space/time, one is opening a door than many ‘paranormal’ phenomena cannot be isolated into laboratory conditions with classic, controlled experiments.

People who personally experience telepathy have a hard time explaining the experience away as mere chance. It stretches the imagination that coincidence somehow scientifically explains all the reported telepathic experiences over the centuries. Especially when the reports are so similar in details.

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Twins themselves have stated that it is difficult for people to understand the psychic closeness twin experience unless they have a twin themselves. Dr. Lynne Cherkas, a genetic analyst at the department for twin research at King’s College London conducted a survey with twins. It revealed that one in five identical twins say they have experienced some form of telepathy.

What further makes a case that telepathy is a real phenomena is that reported instances of telepathy are not limited to twins. During times of intense emotions ‘a telepathic bond’ has been reported between parents and children, between siblings who are very close and even between wives and husbands. Even though current scientific theories and models can’t adequately explain telepathy and/or ESP (extra sensory perception), most people who look at the immense body of antidotal evidence feel that keeping an open mind is justified. It appears telepathic communication will just have to continue without scientific approval.

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Resources you may appreciate:

Twin Telepathy – Article

Phantasms of the Living – Book

Twin Telepathy – Book

Identical Triplets: Their Secret World

Guy Playfair, Twins Telepathy Researcher – Interview