Comics and fiction in general has presented to us many fascinating concepts that has kept our imagination hungering for more. Whether it be time travel or magic or technology lightyears ahead of our current frame of comprehension. But one concept in particular that always gets me hungering for more, everytime I think about it, is the concept of psychic powers. The supernatural ability to influence and affect the physical and the metaphysical both with the power of your brain.
Telepathy; Reading and communicating with a persons mind. Telekinesis; making objects levitate off the ground. Pyrokinesis; altering temperatures to make things combust into flames. Remote Viewing; seeing locations, objects, people and/or events hidden from physical view and more, all with the will of the mind.
Superhero comics have this in plenty. Whether it be Charles Xavier using the brainwave amplifying device, the Cerebro, to detect every mutant and human in the world or Jean Grey using the force of her mind to stop a sniper bullet in mid-air from hitting its target.
But I feel like the mainstream have yet only scratched the surface of what psychic powers can do and, perhaps most interestingly, what it would be like to possess these powers. When I’m specifically looking for a movie out there in the wild world that really goes to town with the concept I turn to the king of body horror himself, David Cronenberg, and my favourite film of his, Scanners (1981).
The movie may be mostly remembered for it’s psychic-struggle-making head-go-splattery-boom-scene. But, although I have only seen the movie once so far, I feel like it really digs deep into the nature of psychic powers.
What they are and what they do. How much of a painful burden they are to the people possessing them. I mean, hey, hearing an endless, incomprehensible stream of other peoples thoughts rushing through one’s head non-stop. That would probably make anyone of us go a bit mental with a drill through the skull.
One of the more interesting parts is when the protagonist Cameron Vale cyberpathically hacks into a computer through a phone booth and downloads information directly into his mind. The explanation given here is that a computer has a nervous system just like a human body does. And what is telepathy if not a remote transmission/intervention happening within and through a neural system.
That’s really cool stuff! I really wish there could be more stuff out there that explores psychic powers like this. Stuff that explores the concept in general. It is definitely a dynamic concept that I intend to explore through my own creative works in the near future.
So what are your thoughts on psychic powers? Have you ever explored the power of the mind in your own creative works? Do you have any one or two particular psychic abilities as your favourites perhaps?
Let me know in the comments, or through telepathy, if we have any scanners among us on this site. Just don’t make my head explode, if you mind^^
Post by Andreas Helixfinger! - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Andreas_Helixfinger/
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Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Jan. 20, 2022
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