TELEGNOSIS [tell-e-NO-sis]: learning from afar, intelligence which is seemingly beyond human capabilities


Lots of new words are cropping up all the time in this cybernetic age.   The speed and abundance of discoveries in the world of technology means the necessity of creating language to describe the phenomenon.

Such is the word telegnosis. Its roots are ancient, found in the Greek language, where tele is a prefix referring to something that is transmitted by electricity.  And gnosis means intelligence.

It has led to uses, some of which are in the world of science and some are in the world of the occult.   For a long time, fortune tellers, psychics, and mind-readers have claimed the gift of telegnosis, indicating that they have the power to hear voices from the dead, from outer space, or from other people’s thoughts.  It is a “transported” intelligence which mystifies the average person.   People pay lots of money to avail themselves of such a supernatural power.  Another way of  describing it is clairvoyance. Many in the science world are skeptical.

However, in the world of science, knowledge is an entity that is not confined to the human mind.   Computers or computerized entities are able to take advantage of what we call “artificial intelligence.”   You may have watched the television game show, Jeopardy, some years ago when a computer, Watson,  from IBM was the victor in a contest in which it was pitted against the best of human brains.

We have known about the ability of machines to record elements of intelligence.  But this experience demonstrates information that is conjured up within the “brain” of the computer.  Intelligence is created.  That is the ultimate (to date) demonstration of telegnosis.

2,ooo years ago early Christians and scholarly Jews were dealing with a tradition that was creeping into the foundations of knowledge, and which became known as gnosticism, a word from the same Greek origins.  It claimed that God delivered specific knowledge to select persons within the faith community which had not been revealed to others.   Some elements of gnosticism continue to exist within Christianity and scholarly Judaism.   But for the most part it was discredited.

Telegnosis, however, is not presently a spiritual claim, nor one of the occult.  It is an adaptation of artificial intelligence and is fast becoming a separate and intensive field of study within the cybernetic world.  It is not easily understood, but its products are not only fascinating, but mind-blowing.


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