A five-year-old savant who is apparently displaying signs of telepathy is being studied by scientists after his mother posted videos online showing him reciting random numbers ‘written in secret’.
Ramses Sanguino – who is already learning seven languages and solving complex mathematical equations – was filmed seemingly demonstrating telepathy at his home in Los Angeles, California.
In the footage, the youngster, who has a ‘high functioning’ form of autism, correctly recounts the value and suits of playing cards, as well as numbers that were reportedly penned out of sight.
His mother, Nyx Sanguino, 32, later posted the videos on the Internet, where they caught the eye of respected neuroscientist Dr Diane Powell, a former faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
Dr Powell, who trained at John Hopkins University and currently runs a private practice in Medford, Oregon, is now studying Ramses as part a cutting-edge research project into telepathy.
She believes that telepathy may represent an alternative method of communication between autistic children and their parents, who ‘desperately want to communicate with one another, but can’t’.
She said: ‘I am as confident that telepathy exists as I am a lot of things that have actually been accepted by science. I would never say 100 per cent about anything – but I have seen evidence.
‘I have met privately with many people who have said they would never publicly state that they believe in telepathy but tell me that they have actually experienced it or witnessed it themselves.
‘Many of them say the reason they don’t come forward and say anything is that they are actually afraid that they would be ridiculed or possibly even lose their job.
In Ramses’s case, he has apparently been able to demonstrate a degree of telepathy with Dr Powell during three meetings.
Ms Sanguino, who works as an artist, says her son has sometimes been able to recite 38 numbers written out of sight. She vows there is no trickery involved in his ‘talent’, or her home videos.
‘I don’t know how to explain it. I hope Dr Powell will eventually be able to give me some answers.’
However, Ms Sanguino’s main concern is helping to find a specialist school for Ramses, whom Dr Powell has described as ‘one of the smartest five year olds on the planet’.
Ms Sanguino says her son can understand and recite parts of several languages including Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Japanese. He can also solve rudimentary algebra problems, she says.
‘Even when he was a baby he didn’t like toys, he just liked reading. He started reading when he was 12 months old and could even say words in English, Spanish, Greek and some Japanese.
‘I taught him some of the languages but I have no idea how he learned parts of Hindi, Arabic or Hebrew by the time he was three. It may have been through the house computer that is often left on.
‘I put him into a school but it was a nightmare. He was the only child who could read in the class. The teacher liked him at first and called him the little professor.
But soon Ramses started correcting her on some of her spelling and maths and the teacher began isolating him from other students. ‘I had to take him out of the school and back home with me.
‘He is different and people cannot understand the way he thinks. He is obsessed with numbers and will count everything, houses, books, letters, and he won’t move on until he has counted them all.
Dr Powell, who is studying other children around the world as part of her research, hopes to get Ramses sponsored into a special school for gifted autistic children.