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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Poem: "Peace Offerings"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 13th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)


>> Deirdre of the Sorrows. Was that intentional? <<

Indeed it was.

>> I love the idea that peacemaking and mediation can be a Superpower. <<

Yay! I'm glad that worked for you.

Technically, Valor's Widow is a supernary -- an ordinary person whose attributes are powerful enough to let them function on a super level. With skills such as peacemaking and mediation, there's a range where high ordinary skill laps over into super effect without necessarily requiring phantasmagoric powers.
kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: May 13th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That makes sense. Rather like the line - or lack thereof - between empathy and telepathy. Sufficiently strong empathy can provide as much or more (or more accurate) information as telepathy.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 13th, 2014 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Empathy deals in emotions; telepathy deals in thoughts.

One aspect of empathy is a function of mirror neurons that allow us to understand what another person is feeling. Empathy as a metaphysical sense entails actually feeling the emotion that another person is feeling, the way you would feel heat from a fire and it warms your hand. Other aspects of metaphysical empathy include actively affecting emotions: projecting what you feel, changing what another person feels, changing the ambient mood of a room, scooping emotional energy out of a space, etc.

Telepathy follows a similar path. It begins with brain functions which allow us to extrapolate the thoughts of another person. Telepathy as a metaphysical sense is an awareness of other minds, their identity, and the thoughts that they project. In the active mode, telepathy can read people who are not projecting, influence other people's thoughts, remove unwanted thoughts or insert foreign ones, imprint a mental message in a place or object, etc. It's not as good for actual mind control as people tend to think, because minds are easy to influence but difficult to control in full, for much the same reason that all-out weather control is harder: the air is heavier than it seems, and a mind is bigger too.
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