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Help with a new term for gender specific telepathy please

  1. Nov 25, 2016 #1
    I want to build a world where men can read women's minds, but not other men, and vice-versa. I need to have them show the gender of the person doing the telepathy. Any suggestions? I have considered just having two words that show this, but I'm not really happy with that, which means it doesn't work or I'm not good enough to come up with two good ones.
     
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  3. Nov 25, 2016 #2

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    Can't you simply state this "up-front" as one of "the facts of life" that have been taken for granted since "they" came down from the trees?
     
  4. Nov 25, 2016 #3
    My character isn't from that planet. They make gender determination by whether they can "read" a person or not. Neither gender can read Our Hero. Scientists are excited by him because not everybody is crazy about the telepathy.
     
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    "He's abnormal," not them, which makes "him" a "neuter."
     
  6. Nov 25, 2016 #5
    No, he's just an alien there. Picked up drifting by one of their military patrols. They're enough like us that he wouldn't be considered "neuter", just "silent". Those occur there, but only under extreme circumstances.
     
  7. Nov 26, 2016 #6

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    Seems to me that you've already got such a constraint that it is unnecessary to tell the reader their gender. If they know who the POV character is, then they know the gender of everyone in telepathic communication with them.

    In any case, I'm not really sure what you mean when you ask for a way to show their gender. How is this different from normal dialogue? All the same pronouns and whatnot (he/she said, etc) can be applied to telepathy in my opinion. Are you asking for small descriptions to use, made up words instead of he/she/it, or something else?

    I don't quite see how this is related to your original question. Can you elaborate more on what you're trying to ask?
     
  8. Nov 26, 2016 #7
    Our Hero is trying to sort out the culture of this planet, and being who he is he wants something better than "hepathy" and "shepathy". As for the residents, a woman can read a man's mind when they're in close proximity, but not a woman's, and vice versa. A woman can't keep secrets from a man and a man's thoughts about a woman are very, very clear to her.
     
  9. Nov 26, 2016 #8

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    What's wrong with just using plain old "telepathy"? It's not confusing, it doesn't require your readers to learn any new words, and it seems to apply just fine to this situation. I guess I'm just trying to understand your motivation behind wanting new words for this.
     
  10. Nov 26, 2016 #9
    Our Hero wants to convey the gender specific nature of the telepathy clearly in his report back to the University that sent him out.
     
  11. Nov 26, 2016 #10

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    "Male-based telepathy"?
    "Female-based telepathy"?

    If it's a serious report he's sending back then I think some kind of technical term would be appropriate, even though I think "telepathy" is still easier and more natural to use. I mean, as far as I can tell, there is no functional difference between the telepathic abilities of men and women, so having a distinction between the two feels odd. But that's just my opinion.
     
  12. Nov 26, 2016 #11
    There's a bit of backstory to this character that makes it necessary for him to do it this way. And I've noted that men can only read women's minds and vice versa. The ability they have to read minds is completely gender specific.
     
  13. Nov 26, 2016 #12

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    Heterolepathy?
     
  14. Nov 26, 2016 #13
    I was wondering if someone could suggest names for male and female telepathy, not the phenomenon in general.
     
  15. Nov 26, 2016 #14

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    Yes, but there's no real difference in the two. It's like pheromones. Males and females of many species emit pheromones to attract the other or do other kinds of communicating, but we don't have separate names for them. However, if there's an in-story reason that necessitates this, then I suppose I it's fine.

    Hmmm. Not sure. It's a little difficult without knowing something about this species. Are there any differences in the way it "feels" or "sounds" to each gender? Or are there any significant gender differences in this species? Perhaps some sociological differences that might come into play here? That might be a good way to start brainstorming for names.
     
  16. Nov 26, 2016 #15
    I did mention that men could read women's minds and women could read men's minds, but neither gender could read their own gender's minds. The plot revolves around this.

    Other than the gender specific telepathy, there's no obvious difference. The planet's residents haven't been DNA tested yet, Our Hero is the first outsider to visit. They might be a "lost colony".
     
  17. Nov 26, 2016 #16

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    Oh, they're humans or human-like?
     
  18. Nov 26, 2016 #17
    Highly humanoid. Our Hero was diverted from another assignment because of the TV signals a probe had picked up. The time is about 1,000 years post-collapse of the previous Empire, and the new Coalition is looking to collect the lost colonies. The problem for Our Hero is that if this gender specific telepathy gets off the planet chaos might result.
     
  19. Nov 26, 2016 #18

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    Hmmm. Well, I'm not very much good at coming up with new words, so I don't think I can help you that much. I'd say just try to think of somehow relating the words to the character's background or something. Try to get into his head and figure out what he'd call them.
     
  20. Nov 26, 2016 #19

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    Androlepathy and Gynolepathy?
     
  21. Nov 26, 2016 #20
    Our Hero would like those. I don't know about the readers. Sounds a bit Potterverse, which isn't bad in my book.
     
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