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15th Aug '16 5:10:25 PM htuttle
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had the [=PsiCorps=], the Orwellian organization that regulated and policed human telepaths, and the much rarer telekinetics. Justified in this case because the psychic members of humanity and other species had been TouchedByVorlons about a hundred years before. Occasionally a subject of comment, "AsYouKnow, people suddenly gained telepathic powers about a hundred years ago.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had the [=PsiCorps=], the Orwellian organization that regulated and policed human telepaths, and the much rarer telekinetics.[[MindOverMatter telekinetics]] and [[TheEmpath empaths]]. Justified in this case because the psychic members of humanity and other species had been TouchedByVorlons about a hundred years before. Occasionally a subject of comment, "AsYouKnow, people suddenly gained telepathic powers about a hundred years ago." According to the books, we ''always'' had telepaths among us (as do the other major races), it just wasn't academically proven until the early 21st century.
15th Aug '16 5:08:49 PM htuttle
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* Researching human capability for psionic (psychic) capabilities is one of the focuses of [[XCom UFO: Enemy Unknown]]. Aliens that attack have psionic powers that can ruin entire squads with just one psionic attack, and developing countermeasures is a major focus of the game. It can get to the point that you can outright obliterate a UFO full of aliens with just one man sitting in the cargo hold of your transport, simply by psionically taking over enemy aliens, and having [[LetsYouAndHimFight them kill each other off,]] all while you remain unharmed.

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* Researching human capability for psionic (psychic) capabilities is one of the focuses of [[XCom UFO: Enemy Unknown]].''{{VideoGame/XCOM}}''. Aliens that attack have psionic powers that can ruin entire squads with just one psionic attack, and developing countermeasures is a major focus of the game. It can get to the point that you can outright obliterate a UFO full of aliens with just one man sitting in the cargo hold of your transport, simply by psionically taking over enemy aliens, and having [[LetsYouAndHimFight them kill each other off,]] all while you remain unharmed.
1st Aug '16 6:33:08 PM PaulA
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* A key element of MarionZimmerBradley[='s=] ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' novels. While some humans possess psychic powers as a consequence of [[HalfHumanHybrid crossbreeding]] with the alien ''[[SpaceElves chieri]]'', others are shown to just have innate psychic potential, which can be awakened by exposure to [[{{Telepathy}} telepaths]], the [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs psychoactive pollen of the Kireseth flower]] or [[PowerCrystal matrix crystals]].

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* A key element of MarionZimmerBradley[='s=] Creator/MarionZimmerBradley[='s=] ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' novels. While some humans possess psychic powers as a consequence of [[HalfHumanHybrid crossbreeding]] with the alien ''[[SpaceElves chieri]]'', others are shown to just have innate psychic potential, which can be awakened by exposure to [[{{Telepathy}} telepaths]], the [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs psychoactive pollen of the Kireseth flower]] or [[PowerCrystal matrix crystals]].
5th Jul '16 3:30:55 AM StFan
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* ComicBook/{{X-Men}} and similar x-titles portray their mutants as the next stage in human evolution. One of the most common abilities in mutants is telepathy since that will be the most likely outcome of humanity.

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* ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen and similar x-titles portray their mutants as the next stage in human evolution. One of the most common abilities in mutants is telepathy since that will be the most likely outcome of humanity.
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* There are psis in the ''LaNague Federation'' series by F. Paul Wilson, with psi-schools and psi-potential readings in every person's file. One psi is powerful enough to kill people in a particularly unpleasant manner and another is capable of subjugating a race of aliens with her powers.

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* There are psis in the ''LaNague ''[=LaNague=] Federation'' series by F. Paul Wilson, with psi-schools and psi-potential readings in every person's file. One psi is powerful enough to kill people in a particularly unpleasant manner and another is capable of subjugating a race of aliens with her powers.



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* In a similar way, the Pilgrims of ''VideoGame/EndlessSpace'' are mystics and, through the magical mysteries of Dust nano-tech, implied to have extraordinary powers.
** On the individual level, all species - including robotic species - appear susceptible to becoming this when exposed to Dust, and come in a few general flavors that conveniently help you run various aspects of your economy or military more effectively.

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* In a similar way, the Pilgrims of ''VideoGame/EndlessSpace'' are mystics and, through the magical mysteries of Dust nano-tech, implied to have extraordinary powers.
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* In ''Podcast/MetamorCity'' psychics started showing up out of nowhere less than a century ago. They are distinct from mages, who have been around practically forever.

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* WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond: There is an organization of people with naturally-occurring psychic powers, and Willie Watt's telekinesis was treated in an oddly normal manner, although he wasn't born with it.
* According to the WesterAnimation/TheSimpsons episode "Holidays of Future Passed," people will be able to read thoughts in the year 2041.

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* WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': There is an organization of people with naturally-occurring naturally occurring psychic powers, and Willie Watt's telekinesis was treated in an oddly normal manner, although he wasn't born with it.
* According to the WesterAnimation/TheSimpsons ''WesterAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Holidays of Future Passed," people will be able to read thoughts in the year 2041.
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** On a similar note, there's been talk of brain implants that would send out a signal when triggered by a certain thought (i.e. the electrical brain impulse that corresponds to that particular thought) which would allow a person to, for instance, turn on the lights or television with his mind.

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** * On a similar note, there's been talk of brain implants that would send out a signal when triggered by a certain thought (i.e. the electrical brain impulse that corresponds to that particular thought) which would allow a person to, for instance, turn on the lights or television with his mind.
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7th Jun '16 12:10:03 PM Willbyr
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* ''TowardTheTerra'' is all about this. [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed to be the result of [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]].]]

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* ''TowardTheTerra'' ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' is all about this. [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed to be the result of [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]].]]
6th Jun '16 11:38:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Isaac Asimov went down this route with the Mule, the Second {{Foundation}}, Gaia, and, in a much different way (less mind reading/control more telekinesis) the Solarians.

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* Isaac Asimov went down this route with the Mule, the Second {{Foundation}}, Literature/{{Foundation}}, Gaia, and, in a much different way (less mind reading/control more telekinesis) the Solarians.
31st May '16 3:54:07 AM Doug86
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* AndreNorton's ''Moonsinger'' series used this: in the first book, narrator Krip wonders suspiciously if the fellow he's talking to is esper -- but [[HypocriticalHumor doesn't seem to think it's at all odd]] to probe with his ''own'' esper powers. In the second book, someone takes a reading and comments that Krip's psychic ability level is seven; the people who knew him are startled, because he was "only" a level five a fairly short time ago. The phrasing, by the way, makes clear that five is considered pretty high.

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* AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Moonsinger'' series used this: in the first book, narrator Krip wonders suspiciously if the fellow he's talking to is esper -- but [[HypocriticalHumor doesn't seem to think it's at all odd]] to probe with his ''own'' esper powers. In the second book, someone takes a reading and comments that Krip's psychic ability level is seven; the people who knew him are startled, because he was "only" a level five a fairly short time ago. The phrasing, by the way, makes clear that five is considered pretty high.
19th May '16 5:41:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''KnownSpace'' has a plethora of telepathic species, which include humans and dolphins by 2105.

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* ''KnownSpace'' ''Literature/KnownSpace'' has a plethora of telepathic species, which include humans and dolphins by 2105.
18th May '16 7:10:33 PM Onlythrice
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' has Psykers, most of which gained their powers either from mutation or unexplained means. There are a few in each Fallout game, and notable examples include [[BigBad The Master]] and a handful of his followers, Professor Calvert of Point Lookout, and Mama Murphy.
10th May '16 11:31:28 PM PaulA
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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' books feature a future where psychics are not only well-known but integral to interstellar travel. The prequel ''To Ride Pegasus'' says that humans always had the ability, but it was only able to be objectively established and properly studied once science produced a "Goosegg" test that measures the relevant brainwaves.

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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' books feature a future where psychics are not only well-known but integral to interstellar travel. The prequel ''To Ride Pegasus'' ''Literature/ToRidePegasus'' says that humans always had the ability, but it was only able to be objectively established and properly studied once science produced a "Goosegg" test that measures the relevant brainwaves.
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