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?
So you’re offering me a chip that lets me know what the people I’m talking to are thinking?
Would I want it, especially since it can never be turned off?
That sounds much like the premise behind a Canadian serial “The Listener” where Toby Logan is a paramedic who can hear people’s thoughts.
The Good Samaritan uses his “subsonic” abilities to help the local police solve crimes.
As for me, I’d like to picture where and when this device would be useful.
With people I know and like, if I heard their unpalatable thoughts, well, I’d be put off, probably unpleasantly surprised.
With perfect strangers, well, you don’t expect their thoughts to concern you and hence maybe I’d get an insight as to why they have those pained expressions on their countenances.
For people I know and dislike, well, it’d probably just be mere validation of my opinion of their opinion of me.
But, wait a second, what about me and my thoughts?
With all those external musings jostling for space in my overwrought brain, when would I have space and time to be with my own reflections?
Would I have to take to a solitary retreat to understand myself?
So , the answer’s no, Sir, I rather wouldn’t!