For instance, in Episode V, the following dialogue occurs between the Emperor and Darth Vader:

Emperor: There is a great disturbance in the Force.
Darth Vader: I have felt it.
Emperor: We have a new enemy. [...] He could destroy us.
Darth Vader: He's just a boy. Obi-Wan can no longer help him.
Emperor: The Force is strong with him. The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.

This raises a few questions:

  • Can beings who are attuned to the Force sense the existence of others who are "strong with the Force" within the galaxy?
  • Is affinity with the Force inherited?
  • Do certain people have greater potential than others? Luke's powers were not at all developed when the exchange between the Emperor and Vader took place. Why would the Force be strong with him in relation to other people?
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    Certain parts of this question may be duplicate (for example, the question of whether affinity with the Force is inherited).
    – Adamant
    Jul 5, 2016 at 7:42
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    It is certainly implied that a Midi-chlorian count will follow a blood line.
    – DubMan
    Jul 5, 2016 at 8:48
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    @DVK-in-exile Is there a source on this?
    – Kosmos
    Jul 5, 2016 at 13:16
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit They are mentioned in Phantom Menace which is still canon as far as I know.
    – Kosmos
    Jul 5, 2016 at 17:59

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As we know, a person who wields the Force will have a noticeable increase in the midi-chlorian count of their cells. Those who have the Force can detect similar other sources of the Force. Imagine a built in infrared detector as an example. If your body was to have a higher IR signature it would be more visible to those that are sensitive to such elevations.

Also, usage of the Force is to give the person a connection to all things in the universe. So like feeling a draft from an open door, people that yield the Force feel significant events (like a planet being destroyed).

Furthermore, one of the gifts of the midi-chlorians is to give the person the ability to visualise (visions) events throughout the universe. So even smaller events that occur throughout the galaxy but carry the signature of midi-chlorian source event can be felt.

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    This is a true answer and I love the hate that it will cause ha. Midi-chlorians are great
    – user001
    Jul 5, 2016 at 9:10

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