So, to really start out our inaugural
issue, we'll take a look at a moment in the new Twins
miniseries on The Learning
Channel. The moment we'll be looking at is the moment in which the
documentary takes a turn for the worse, at least at first appearance.
But before they get too out of hand, they pull the whole schmeer right out of
the gunk and save their intellectual integrity.
Their first mistake is even answering
those ridiculous claims that identical twins somehow share a weird telepathic
link. So they sit in on an experiment. A pair of twins who spent
most of their lives away from each other sit in the
Fox-paranormal-expose-standard soundproof rooms, separate from each other.
One of them (Twin A) has four postcards with four different designs on them.
Twin A picks one of them, concentrates, and tries to broadcast a narrow band
of thought energy into Twin B's head. Twin B thus picks the one postcard
out of an identical stack that she is supposedly compelled to choose. A
whole bunch of these studies revealed that twins tend to be right 50% of the
time, whereas the percentage for normal people (or random chance) is around
25. But is it telepathy?
So, not thinking that the test is blind
enough, the researcher sitting with Twin A picks the card for her. If
the twins are telepathically linked, then they should get same results, right?
Right. But it ain't telepathy. The result: 25% of the time, or the
same as just us ordinary folks. Big surprise. What the twin
experts think is that the twins just tend to be making the same decisions at
the same time, or thinking the same way, since their genetic codes are
The whole idea that twins are
telepathically connected is as scientifically valid as suggesting that
twins actually share a cosmic cowbrain, a bovine-infused ubermind that
connects the two brains like a psychoneurotic, fifth-substance snot rope.