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Friday, August 13, 2010 (Updated )

Indigo Children

by The Metaist

This post is based on a submission by reader Matthew Garland.

Summary

Indigo Children are children with special traits, although the specifics of those traits ranges from "empathetic", "confident" to "mind reader".

Indigo

It's almost the color of the Blue Man Group.
(Photo: kenpower at Flickr)

 

Commentary

According to Lee Carol, co-author of "The Indigo Children", the term was never supposed to denote anything paranormal. Rather, Nancy Ann Tappe, who coined the term, had synesthesia and associated these children with the color indigo.

Nonetheless, there is definitely an underlying argument that is completely unsubstantiated: that these children "represent a higher state of human evolution". Of course, if we take evolutionary psychology to its extreme, the children do in fact represent a higher state of human evolution (just not that much higher; probably not what the indigo folks mean).

Meta

Reader Matthew suggests that perhaps a belief in indigo children may be related to the Forer effect and confirmation bias. What do you think?

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