Five-year-old prodigy Ramses Sanguino has astonished his mother by displaying signs of being telepathic.
According to mum Nyx Sanguino, 32, Ramses is able to recite random numbers written in secret – and is now the focus of a scientific study on the subject.
Nyx is used to being surprised by her child, who at just 5 is already learning seven languages and solving complex mathematical equations.
The youngster from Los Angeles, California, is believed to be one of the top five savants in the world and Nyx posts videos of her son showing off his talents online.
Now his exploits have even caught the eye of a respected neuroscientist – who is studying Ramses as part of a cutting-edge research project into telepathy.
Dr Diane Powell, who was formerly on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, watched a video posted on YouTube of him apparently demonstrating telepathy with his mother.
She theorises that telepathy may represent an alternative method of communication between autistic children and their parents.
‘If you think about it, if you have your primary language compromised then that would be a perfect setup for telepathy – because here you have a child and a parent who desperately want to communicate with one another but can’t,’ says Dr Powell.
‘I have found many autistic children who have been reported to be telepathic and I wanted to see it for myself and see if it can be evaluated and actually tested under rigorous, controlled conditions.
‘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.’
Ramses, who is described as having a high functioning form of autism, has been recorded apparently demonstrating telepathy in home videos recorded by his mother. Many of them show him reciting numbers written by his mother out of eyesight – and she vows that there is no trickery.
In three meetings with Dr Powell he has apparently been able to demonstrate his ability as a mind-reader.
She used a random-number generator to pick numbers for Nyx to write and think about and then get Ramses to try to read his mother’s mind to guess them.
Nyx says Ramses has sometimes been able to recite 38 numbers written on a board out of sight.
In another test with Dr Powell present, Ramses was able to correctly guess 16 out of 17 numbers hidden out of sight – including one double digit number.
Nyx, an artist, says: ‘I was amazed when we began testing Ramses. We do have a very close bond which may have something to do with his abilities – but this is beyond anything I would have imagined.
‘I don’t know how to explain it and I hope that Dr Powell will eventually be able to give me some answers.’
However, her main concern is helping find a specialist school for Ramses, who Dr Powell has described as ‘one of the smartest 5-year-olds on the planet’.
Nyx says her son can understand and recite parts of several languages including Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Japanese.
He can also solve rudimentary algebra problems, has a knowledge of square roots, and can even draw the entire periodic table.
Nyx, who is homeschooling Ramses, says, ‘I knew even before he was born he was going to be someone special who would change the world. Even when he was a baby he didn’t like toys, he just liked reading.
‘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 was too far ahead to learn anything there.’
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.
‘Ramses needs to be in a school for special students so they can utilise his intellect and help him achieve his potential,’ she says.
Nyx is also keen to expand her son’s horizons and hopes he may one day change the world.
‘I really hope one day that Ramses will invent a cure for cancer or something great like that,’ she says. ‘He is so smart that sometimes he scares me. I really want him to have the best education in the world and be happy.’