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Cameron Vale: You called me a scanner. What is that?Paul Ruth: Freak of nature, born with a certain form of ESP; derangement of the synapses which we call telepathy.
I don't think you meant to ask about my powers.-<DIDN'T YOU MEAN TO ASK ABOUT FLOWERS?>-
—Star Control II
MIND TAKING, BABY! ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES!—Mentok, The Mind Taker, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
"Also? I can kill you with my brain."—River Tam, Firefly
I reach into the depths of my soul and I draw forth your doom. By the power given unto me by the Emperor, I shall blast your body to ashes and sear your soul to nothing.—Ezekiel, Chief Librarian of the Dark Angels, Warhammer 40000
What I care about is the Way, which goes beyond skill. When I first began cutting up oxen, all I could see was the ox itself. After three years I no longer saw the whole ox. And now -- now I go at it by spirit and don't look with my eyes. Perception and understanding have come to a stop and spirit moves where it wants. I go along with the natural makeup, strike in the big hollows, guide the knife through the big openings, and following things as they are. So I never touch the smallest ligament or tendon, much less a main joint.A good cook changes his knife once a year -- because he cuts. A mediocre cook changes his knife once a month -- because he hacks. I've had this knife of mine for nineteen years and I've cut up thousands of oxen with it, and yet the blade is as good as though it had just come from the grindstone.
—Cook Ting, Chuang Tzu: The Basic Writings
Could anyone among us have an inkling or a clueThere's more to us than surgeons can remove?
What magic feats of wizardry and voodoo you can do?
And who would ever guess
What powers you possess?
And who would have the sense to change his views?
And start to mind his ESP's and Q's?
For who would ever dream of hearing phones before they ring?
Or ordering the earth to send you up a little spring?
Or finding you've been crowned
The Queen of Lost and Found?
And who would not be stunned to see you prove
—On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, verse of title song
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