Can the Force presence of a sleeping Force-sensitive person be detected?

As I understand it, Force presence has to do with midi-chlorian presence in the fabrics of the Force realm. So, the Force presence of a sleeping Force-sensitive should be detected.

But, an another thing confused me: doing something with the Force needs active consciousness. For example, if a Jedi is lifting a stone & she loses consciousness, the stone will drop. Similarly, Force Stealth (which Palpatine was using to hide his Force presence) shouldn't work without consciousness. Am I right? If yes, then it must be true that a sleeping Force-sensitive doesn't broadcast force presence signal.

Which one is true?

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    I imagine that Palpatine would have been exposed quickly if he could only be hidden from the Jedi half of the time. – rsegal Jan 20 '14 at 16:39
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    I don't think everything requires consciousness. Using telekinesis as the base and then overgeneralizing it to all force powers is I think in error. For example, a Jedi hibernation trance doesn't really require consciousness in the same way telekinesis would. I would imagine that since the Force in many ways is like a "sixth sense", there would be aspects of it that are active while sleeping as well. – The Fallen Jan 20 '14 at 16:55
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    @rsegal That's true. See last sentence of 3rd paragraph... – Baby Yoda Jan 20 '14 at 16:55
  • Why the downvote? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 20 '14 at 17:43
  • Since even stones and X-wings are present in the force, I'd say no, there is no need to be conscious. – flq Jan 20 '14 at 18:48

Yes I believe that you can detect a Force sensitive even while asleep... there are a few ways to detect them... One of them being the Midi-chlorian count...

Let's say you have a sleeping person and you know that there was a Jedi / Sith presence in the area... If you really wanted to you could go around testing people's blood for the presence of Midi-chlorians..

One person actually commented on my answer to the question...

How do the Jedi find Force-sensitives?

In one of the books (Thrawn?) they discover a device which can read force sensitivity from a person. Maybe that device can just remotely detect Midi-chlorians. – Jack B Nimble 2 days ago

I don't think the user of the Force can hide the presence of the Midi-Chlorians in their blood so this is a way to detect Force sensitives even while asleep...

There is also this..


In Leia's quarters in the abandoned Emperor Palpatine's Imperial Palace on Coruscant, Luke and his twin sister Leia Organa Solo were doing some tests on the inner defenses of her brain. Luke was using the Force to access certain areas of the brain; as he accessed an area in the very back of the brain, he was rebuffed. They confirmed this to be a natural reflex of the Force-sensitive.

The above mentioned quote is from post Star Wars movies. So even if a Force sensitive user is asleep, if somebody tries to use the Force to access certain areas of a person's brain and get rebuffed then they are a Force user.. I believe since it states it is a natural reflex even while asleep this reflex should still be active.

  • I am talking about detection based on force presence signal. – Baby Yoda Jan 21 '14 at 8:36
  • You don't need active consciousness if there's a portion of the brain that is a natural reflex, the part where if a person with force is trying to access it is rebuffed. – DoctorWho22 Jan 21 '14 at 14:23

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