Phil's Rambling Rants
Telepathy suppresses technological development in society|
|Date:||April 10th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)|| |
Anecdotal "evidence:" It took a sun going nova in:
Zenna Henderson's "The People" stories.
A race of people just like humans except for their powers, which include near-complete telepathy and empathy.
Yes, they were perfectly content on their home planet: they had turned it into an Eden, and felt no need or drive to come find us. Only when their psychics had seen the future destruction of their world (due to astronomical, not environmental, processes) did they build spaceships, to serve as their lifeboats. And yes, they used consensus to build the ships, and send them in many different directions trying to find a substitute for their Home.
The ship that was sent in Earth's direction crash-landed in a remote desert area of the Western U.S; the scattered survivors looked enough like us so that if they just suppressed their gifts and abilities, they could Pass as humans, even to the point of intermarrying, and having half-blood children with part of the Gifts, and partial control of the Gifts.