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September 05, 2015

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Reflecting Thoughts: Tale of the Tinfoil Man

An old homeless man sits on the street corner, slouched against some building in his dirty, ratty clothes. A cardboard sign is held against his chest that reads: 'Thought Theft is Real.' Upon his head he wears a tinfoil hat. People keep a wide berth as they pass him. Not just because of the smell, but because he's quite clearly insane and that scares them. One such passerby takes pity on him though, and stops to ask, "Are you okay, sir?"

The old man lifts a trembling hand. Ever since the encounter he's had the shakes and can't keep his hands steady. He lifts the shaky hand and places it against his temple. In a parched voice the old man says, "Up here. Never okay."

The kind stranger reaches out a hand, offering to help the old man onto his feet, "Let me get you somewhere warm."

A smile marks the old man's lips "They got me once. Beamed thoughts into my head. This hat protects me now, but it can't undo what they've already done to me." The old man looks up at the stranger. One of the old man's eyes is lazy, but the other one glares right into the kind stranger's, peering into the helper's soul. "You sound like a kind man. Take it. Maybe it'll protect you. Save you from making the same mistakes I made." Then the old man turns to the side, away from the outreached hand. He's staying exactly where he is.

The kind stranger sighs. Tinfoil hat still in hand and walks away. This poor old man, he's too far gone to be helped. It truly is a tragedy.

 

The above is a scene we can probably all relate to. Strange men and their tinfoil hats talking about aliens, the government, or someone else "beaming" thoughts into their heads. If you haven't seen it in real life, you've probably seen it on TV or in some movie. Most of us dismiss it as crazy nonsense. After all, why shouldn't we? Or at least that's what we tell ourselves. We think such things are just mad delusions. But then again so are psychic abilities, aren't they?

Sitting on our shelves are a stack of role-playing books filled with strange and weird abilities, including psychics. We accept these into part of our reality. Yet we dismiss the crazy old man on the street that rambles about these same phenomena. Well maybe it's time to stop dismissing the crazy people, because sometimes crazy is just another word for visionary. Psychics have the ability to read people's thoughts, control their minds, and other horrifying techniques simply by looking at you. There is little defense against such fearsome power, at least little defense except perhaps the simplest of methods.

This brings us to the tinfoil hat: it's not just for crazies anymore. The tinfoil hat, simple but elegant, has the ability to stop psychic intrusion before anyone gets hurt. Tinfoil is an everyday household item with a brand new use. But why does it work? How does something so thin and flimsy stop something so powerful? Well the answer to that is simple, but most often overlooked. A psychic uses his/her talents with little more than a look and a thought, but that is also the weakness.

The shiny and reflective nature of tinfoil is able to deflect psychic attacks. While tinfoil is cheap and easy, mirrors and other reflective objects work as well. There is only one requirement: the item must cast a reflection. By covering the head, and thereby brain, in a reflective surface the psychic's abilities can be reflected back at him!

In medieval times a king rules, knights serve as champions, tales of fantasy are common, and psychics are a known and accepted threat, at least in concept. Psychics may be called witches or using other dark magic, but this is failure to understand the origins. Regardless of what psychics are called their powers are known, how they work and how to stop them. Kings wear well polished crowns and knights make sure their helmets have a shine. While helpful in appearance, this also helps to fend off psychic predators.

With their powers and weaknesses so well known, psychics either need to prey on those who can't afford such protection or be clever in their attacks. While covering the entire head and hard to penetrate, a knight cannot wear his helmet forever. Eventually he must take it off, and this leaves him vulnerable. Even a king takes off his crown before bed. Psychics know their weaknesses, and how to work around them.

In modern times, and the world has changed greatly. Soldiers still wear helmets, but they are now camouflaged instead of shining metal and no longer serve as protection against psychic powers, powers few even believe really exist. Psychics no longer have to work so hard to find an unprotected target. This is both a great advantage for psychics and one of their greatest weaknesses. With so few humans knowing this weakness, falling victim to their own propaganda, most psychics have forgotten this vulnerability.

As a result, when a psychic comes across an item like a tinfoil hat he dismisses it. Then, when the psychic attack doesn't work, he is left baffled and confused. While items like armor still offer the same protection, a tinfoil hat and other ridiculous looking headgear can serve much better. If a psychic sees someone in armor, the person may be seen as a threat causing the psychic to hesitate or rethink his strategy. Seeing someone in a tinfoil hat or a hat of mirrors on the other hand would cause most psychics to laugh and let their guard down. By being unsuspecting, the tinfoil hat can be even more effective.

Additionally, a tinfoil hat is light and flexible. This flexibility can make them easy to wear, even when going to sleep. While a helmet or crown would be extremely uncomfortable to sleep in, a tinfoil hat is flexible enough to cause little difficulty. The main drawback of a tinfoil hat is that they're so light a quick movement can cause it to fall off leaving the victim vulnerable to attack until it can be retrieved. A strong wind can take the tinfoil hat and carry it quickly out of reach.

For a clever paranormal investigator, this simple item can be an essential tool. Adding on a chin strap can make it that much more effective. While some people may resist the concept, believing it looks silly or that people will think they're crazy, the simple truth is this: "Is it better to look crazy or to leave your mind exposed to attack?" I know my answer, and I tip my tinfoil hat to those who follow this advice. Here's looking back at you.