Mind Reading Makes You Stupid

It’s clear that, whatever other benefits you gain from being able to read minds, you also become thick as a giant slab of concrete. If Sherlock Holmes had been able to read minds, he might have solved some of his cases faster, but he’d also have been more like Inspector Clouseau.

For proof, I only need point at Heroes. Matt Parkman can read minds, but he can’t seem to do anything useful with that information. And then we have last night’s episode.

Let’s say you’re Peter Petrelli. You’re working with a guy named Adam who was locked away for years. You’re trying to stop a deadly virus that you saw killed everyone in the future. You’ve already made a logically-shaky leap that the best way to prevent the virus from getting loose is to go find it. The woman who knows where the virus is claims that Adam wants to release said virus. After you read her mind, do you

a) Ask the woman for more details about Adam?
b) Question Adam about his motives?
c) Use your spiffy mind-reading powers to check up on Adam?
d) Let the whole matter drop?

If you picked d), you’re probably a mind reader. God help us all.

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