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Theory:Abilities by Dr. Suresh's category

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Dr. Chandra Suresh originated a theory that all evolved human abilities should fit in one and only one of five categories listed on his Heroes Evolutions website based on Activating Evolution:

Below are fan theories as to which abilities correspond to each category.

Enhanced human capabilities (mental)

Abilities Arguments
+ The effects of bliss and horror are emotions, which are present in the brain.
+ The user of this ability gains knowledge, which is stored in the brain.
+ The user of this ability gains knowledge, which is stored in the brain.
+ Dreams are produced by the subconscious, which is part of the the brain.
+ This ability allows one to send/receive wireless data using only one's brain.
+ This ability requires the user to feel the emotions of others in order to function.
+ Memory is stored in the brain.
+ Candice's ability of illusion appears to be a form of visual telepathy.
+ The effects of understanding is relevant primarily to the brain.
+ This ability allows the user to visualize the cosmic energies of individuals who have passed away. These individuals (spirits) appear to exist in an alternate physical dimension. The user does not have the ability to communicate verbally with them.
+ This ability affects the brain itself.
+ The ability to speak multiple languages requires knowledge of those languages in the brain.
+ Convincing someone to do something requires one to override a person's intentions, which is one of the brain's cognitive functions.
+ This ability allows the user to experience thoughts containing information about the future. Thoughts are stored in the brain.
+ This ability allows the user to communicate with machines via thought, and thoughts are stored in the brain.
+ This ability allows the user to read and transmit thoughts, which are stored in the brain.
+ Although it is possible that the user has both enhanced rods for night vision and an enhanced lens for telescopic vision, it is more likely that the user has a single enhancement to the user's visual cortex, the part of the brain where seeing is performed.

+ The Company's testing has confirmed that the ability lies within an enhanced visual cortex.

Enhanced human capabilities (physical)

Abilities Arguments
+ This ability is limited to mimicking physical actions only.
+ This ability enables the user to morph a person's physical appearance.
+ This ability enables the user to absorb a person's aura, causing that person's physical death.
+ For both Evan and Julien, this ability allows the user to clone himself, a physical object.
+ Hearing is a sense associated with a physical body part (the ear).
+ This ability enables the user to do physical actions faster.
+ This ability enables the user to exert greater force to perform physical actions.
+ This ability enables the user to move freely through one's physical environment.
+ This ability allows the user to enhance healing for his/her own or someone else's physical body.
+ This ability causes multiple physical changes, including enhancing the user's senses and strength, and enabling bug-like wall climbing and partial molting of the user's skin.
+ This ability is an enhancement the user's physical body's ability to heal itself.

Manipulation of atoms and matter

Abilities Arguments
+ This ability appears to change the chemical make-up of the matter touched.
+ This ability appears to combine the atoms of two individuals.
+ This ability appears to soften solid matter such that it can be easily bent or crushed.
+ Enables the user to emit plasma energy from the user's forearms and hands which is hot enough to disintegrate most objects that are touched. Plasma exists normally at least several thousand degrees Celsius and is considered a distinct form of matter.
+ This ability allows the user to lift any form of matter with the mind.
+ This ability appears to change the state of enacted matter to liquid.
+ This ability appears move matter, either in one's own body or what one's body is touching, partially into another dimension, in order to allow passage through an object.
+ This ability allows the user to move any form of matter with the mind.

+ Based on the way Sylar cut James's, Peter's and Ted's heads, it appears he can use this ability as if it were an invisible knife sharpened to ultra-small (perhaps atomic) scale.

Manipulation of nature and the traditional elements

Abilities Arguments
+ The ability allows the user to secrete a highly corrosive acid from his skin. Acids exist in the natural world.
+ Alejandro's ability acts like an antidote to Maya's poison. Poisons exist in the natural world.
+ The ability removes water from the applied target. Water is one of the Greek classical elements and a part of the natural world.
+ This ability harnesses electricity including lightning, which is both part of nature and is a traditional element (according to Oceania and Neo-Paganism).
+ This ability harnesses electricity including lightning, which is both part of nature and is a traditional element (according to Oceania and Neo-Paganism).
+ This ability changes the temperature of an applied object to below the freezing point of water. The temperature at which water freezes is a part of nature.
+ This ability harnesses energy similar to lightning, which is both part of nature and is a traditional element (according to Oceania and Neo-Paganism).
+ The ability enables a person's lungs to adapt to any natural environment.
+ The ability is able to alter the natural magnetic properties of ferrous materials.
+ The ability emits nerve gas into the air, a natural element.
+ Plant growth is a naturally occurring phenomena. This ability just accelerates that phenomena.
+ Plants are part of the natural world. This ability converts a person's cells to be plant-like.
+ Poisons exist in the natural world.
+ Fire is one of the Greek classical elements and is a natually ocurring phenomena.
+ The space-time continuum is a part of nature.
+ Water is one of the Greek classical elements and a part of the natural world.

Manipulation of waves

Abilities Arguments
+ Ted's radioactivity appears to produce microwaves and other waves in the upper portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

+ Ted was able to use this ability to create an electromagnetic pulse, which travelled through the walls of the Company's Primatech facility, knocking out power. Only very high-frequency waves are known to pass through matter.

+ This ability either allows visible light to pass through objects without being distorted or bends and refracts it without a distortion in form.
+ Light waves are emitted from the body of the user of this ability.
+ Sound waves are absorbed into the body of the user of this ability.
+ The vocal chords of the user of this ability have an enhanced control over the sound waves they emit.


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