In what type of universe do the X-Men live? I would argue it’s a mental one, since that is the only way we can explain some of their super powers. Most notably professor X (telepathy), Magneto (manipulating metal, a form of telekinesis) and Jean Grey (both telepathy and telekinesis).
These powers wouldn’t work in a material universe, in which each person has a personal mind created by the brain. How would professor X be able to enter every mind on earth using his super computer Cerebro if all minds were separate entities that were closed off from one another? Same for the powers of Jean Grey and Magneto. Since they are able to move objects with their minds, that must mean that in their universe there is a fundamental connection on a deep level between their mentality and objects made of both organic and non-organic matter. Only a field of mind underlying reality would make these abilities possible.
The metaphysics of most scientists today is materialism or physicalism, in which the mental powers applied by these mutants would be impossible to explain. But why have this discussion at all? There is no proof of telepathy and telekinesis whatsoever right? Not quite. Psi-researcher Dean Radin and others in this field have provided a lot of proof for the existence of these powers. However, they are not exactly in the same league as Magneto who, in one of the X-Men movies, is able to lift an entire football stadium with his mind alone and carry it across the sky.
Parapsychologist Radin supports the mental universe worldview and has undertaken some interesting experiments to support it using a random-number generator. A random-number generator converts random events of radioactive decay into random arrays of zeros and ones with the aid of a computer. Radin took these random-number generators to locations where people were meditating. He found that, in the presence of meditators, the behavior of random number generators became significantly more non-random than was statistically expected.
Radin suggested that the random-number generator should deviate maximally from randomness in the presence of coherent intentions. And he verified this idea, not only with people in meditation setting, but also with people watching the Super Bowl. In those situations, Radin found that intention indeed caused deviation from randomness. In situations where people were scatterbrained and not particularly intending anything, the random-number generators behaved normally. For example, in the corporate boardroom or at a university faculty meeting, random-number generators really generated random arrays of zeros and ones. In the meditation halls, they didn’t. This supports the new view of quantum physics that conscious intention affects outcomes(*1).
Radin also confirmed the existence of telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) and psychokinesis. He combined the lab results of countless studies on these parapsychological phenomena and showed in the end that the results were far too strong (up to millions to one) to be coincidence. These studies were designed very carefully so that there was no doubt that the effects would have come about in a different way. Tests that were in doubt have been removed from the results and the results were still very convincing(*2).
In short, many experiments in psi-research and also in quantum mechanics confirm that we are living in a X-Men universe. Fictional are the mutations and the extreme level of the mental abilities, but in principle these abilities are not impossible if indeed the universe is entirely mental and matter is secondary to mind. The question then becomes: what feature or function (in our brains) stops us from being great telepaths? I have to ask professor X next time I mentally connect with him.
The X-Men Films From Worst To Best
10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
09. The Wolverine (2013)
08. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
07. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
06. X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006)
05. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
04. X-Men (2000)
03. X-Men: First Class (2011)
02. X2 (2003)
01. Logan (2017)
*1 Goswami, A. The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Science Explains Love, Death, and the Meaning of Life. Newburyport, Massachusetts: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2017
*2 Radin, D. The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena. San Francisco: HarperOne, 1997