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so there's no way that radiation could somehow only affect the parietal lobe of their brain?
eventually, it can turn slime into people)
If you introduce 'radiation' into a working system like a brain you are more likely to produce disfunction rather than improved function. It is, after all, like firing a shotgun into a system. Improved facilities in organisms can result from incremental changes due to mutation, I agree, but the essential word is 'incremental'. Most mutations are losers and it is only after a long time that an individual mutation selects itself in a population by being beneficial. 'Mutation' is a favourite idea in Science fiction but it operates on different scales of population and time from the Peter Parker / Spiderman thing. Your great great ..... great grandson could develop some power that you don't have but that wouldn't make much of a story.And, as for the telekinesis bit; show me just one piece of irrefutable evidence that it has ever happened. Meanwhile I have to go with conventional Science and say it's nonsense, I'm afraid. (Much as I would love to be able to do it)
Mutation can do some interesting things- (eventually, it can turn slime into people). But, violating the laws of physics isn't one of them. Without a plausible mechanism for "action at a distance" telekinesis is doomed from the start.
If you introduce 'radiation' into a working system like a brain you are more likely to produce disfunction rather than improved function.
In a study to determine safe dosages of the isotope astatine-211 for treating patients with recurring brain tumors, researchers were pleasantly surprised to find that not only was the isotope's potency sufficient to kill residual cancer cells without damaging sensitive healthy brain cells, but the patients experienced longer survival rates.
Astatine-211 emits alpha particles that travel through only a few cells, instead of the more penetrating beta particles emitted by Iodine-131. In addition, Astatine-211 produces much lower levels of radioactivity outside the body, eliminating the need for patients to be isolated in a lead-lined room for the week or so required after Iodine treatment. However, the most important therapeutic advantage of Astatine-211 is its far greater efficiency as a killer of cancer cells, with only one or two radioactive atoms needed to kill a cell. Preliminary results from clinical trials show that only a few millicuries of Astatine-211 on the antibody can deliver a radiation dose to tumors the equivalent of that delivered by 100 millicuries of Iodine-131, said the researchers. According to Henry Friedman, both Iodine-131 and Astatine-211 will likely find a role in future cancer therapies, with Astatine-211 effectively attacking the thin layer of highly cancerous cells immediately surrounding the resection cavity, and Iodine used to penetrate more broadly. Such treatments could eliminate the need for beam radiation, he said. Although the potential advantages of Astatine-211 for cancer therapy have been known for some time, the lack of efficient methods for its production and attachment to antibodies have prevented clinical investigations, said the Duke medical center researchers.
'Good or bad' are not relevant descriptions of mutations. What counts is viability, first, then some sort of advantage. That's simple Darwinism. My point is that you don't suddenly mutate in mid life. Some cells can be changed successfully with gene therapy these days but that is a different process; I am not sure but I don't think that the characteristics get passed on unless the gametes are modified.Is there any evidence of a major mutation - like your three arms example - which is of benefit (or even otherwise) and which immediately gets into the gene pool?
As for telekinesis, just saying that it hasn't been disproved is no argument for its existence. I still await a convincing demonstration on anything but the Quantum level. Without a demo, it's no more real than other forms of magic.
To say that dolphins can 'do' tk is the equivalent of saying that humans can blow a match out so they can do tk, too.
Surely tk implies a lot more than simple action at a distance.
Clearly, the original question did imply some sort of novel action at a distance, but I suppose it is now up to the 'professor' to explain exactly what parameters of action at a distance he was thinking of.Technically, all that telekinesis means literally is 'action at a distance', but (as we have both noted) it also carries all sorts of imagery that implies something other than the narrowest literal definition, but it is not for us to assume what imagery the 'professor' had in mind, but for him to tell us what imagery he had in mind.All I was saying was that in its narrowest definition it is clearly possible. The problem is, as I indicated, the conflict between the romance of the idea of the supernatural, and at the same time the desire to have things validated as scientifically natural. You cannot have both, but if you want something validated as scientifically natural, then you have to lose some of the romantic notions of being beyond scientific explanation, and deal with the more earthy, and even mundane, realities of science. The bridge to be crossed is usually more psychological than physical.