post mind control / mind reading/ predicting behaviour/ dumbing down/brainwashing

April 12th, 2008

Filed under: CHAMELEON PROJECT — Tina @ 7:54 pm

the ethical issues/implications arising from the new conditions of interaction that come with the integration of intelligent bio sensitive technology: –

questioning and experimenting with new models and forms that propose social and political change? the power of new/old technologies to influence. The project needs to both embraces and critique biotechnology; what are the contradictions and complexities that these technologies offer the future of humanity? there is a lot of fear around the technologies, the future directions.

issues of control – controlling the invisible/mapping the invisible.

from :

Epileptic Seizures and Pokemon
["Pokemon Contagion: Photosensitive Epilepsy or Mass Psychogenic Illness?"] discusses the event on December 16, 1997 in which hundreds of Japanese children watching a popular anime called Pokemon suffered epileptic seizures and were taken to the hospital. When news stations broadcasted excerpts from the Pokemon episode, the same phenomenon was triggered again in which more children fell ill. It was thought that these children suffered from photosensitive epilepsy which is epilepsy caused by sensitivity to flashing lights. The authors of the paper below suggests that while photosensitive epilepsy did occur in some cases, mass media also played a role in inducing the epileptic seizures by means of “epidemic hysteria.” (the Pokemon segment is included in the Files section of this group)

Derren Brown whose website reveals that he can seemingly predict and control human behaviour. He doesn’t claim to be a mind-reader, instead he describes his craft as a mixture of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship. Brown “primes” his audience members using subtle clues to respond in predetermined ways. The effect is dramatic.

Mind Control game that primes players based on their personality. Conformists will end up visualizing one image (eg, an elephant in Denmark) while nonconformists will see another (eg, an emu in Dubai).

A classic example is that brief images of popcorn and Coke shown on the screen during a drive-in theater movie increased sales of said products by 57.8 percent and 18.1 percent respectively, according to Wikipedia. Using certain images and sounds to subconciously affect viewers’ purchasing habits is a powerful tool available to the media giants. While businesses vehemently deny using covert and possibly illegal methods of product presentation, observers have claimed it common practice and appearing in numerous adverts.

certain sounds elicit physiological changes such as rapid heart rate, and specific colors and images alter aggression levels. The mere act of seeing a picture of a handgun, for example on warning signs attached to high school entryways, is proven to increase violent tendencies in people.

British news agencies reported in January 2005 of a $7.5 million 1994 US Military project to develop a “love bomb” that would make enemy troops sexually attractive to each other. Included were ideas for an “attack me” bomb to attract swarms of wasps or rats as well as a long-desired “Who? Me?” bomb that would produce a noxious odor. A substance to make the skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight was also pondered, reports BBC News.

Of all the technologies available for Mind Control, brain implants may be the most invasive. While there is little physical evidence of their diabolical use on the general population, studies have shown the technology to be very effective at controlling behavior. In 1965 the New York Times reported that Jose Delgado stopped a charging bull with radio controlled implants. Delgado was able to “play” monkeys and cats like “little electronic toys” that yawn, hide, fight, play, mate and go to sleep on command.

Other brain implant studies have shown that animals having the ability to self-stimulate their brain’s pleasure centers will starve to death rather than take time to eat.

“Thought reform” is the Orwellian vision in which people are programmed to think alike for the prosperity of the State. Unbeknownst to Orwell, China was subjecting students to this “reeducation” process to adopt Communism.

She listed methods of “thought reform” to include controlling a person’s time and environment, leaving no time for thought; creating a sense of powerlessness, fear and dependency; manipulating rewards and punishments to suppress former social behaviour; manipulating rewards and punishments to elicit the desired behaviour; creating a closed system of logic which makes dissenters feel as if something was wrong with them; and keeping recruits unaware about any agenda to control or change them

One means of bringing about thought reform is by “dumbing down” the population so it has less experience from which to draw. Throughout the 1980s and into the mid-1990s, the reading level of textbooks…dropped by two grade levels. That is, what used to be third-grade material is now fifth-grade material, writes Nancy Montgomery in her 1996 article “Dumbed-down texts too easy, too simple, too boring, critics say” for The Seattle Times.

Jim Keith writes in Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness that since the advent of “progressive education” schools have not been intended to educate, but simply to regiment. Today’s schools are producing young adults primed to follow orders rather than think critically. According to Alvin Toffler in his landmark 1970 book Future Shock, nothing could be better calculated to produce people uncertain of their goals, people incapable of effective decision-making under conditions of overchoice.

Since at least the mid-1970s, perps have had the ability to beam sound with laser-like precision at the TIs they stalk. The US Army reports on its website that the pulse-modulated microwave radiation from voice to skull devices may be voice or audio subliminal messages. Wikipedia reports of studies in the United States and Soviet Union that found extremely low frequencies, when transmitted in pulse mode, could induce emotions in subjects. Today’s HyperSonic Sound uses ultrasonic frequencies instead of microwaves, but the voice to skull experiences are subjectively the same.

In the 1950s, the search for a “truth serum” was a top US priority. The CIA tested a combination of LSD and Sodium Pentathol. Today, large doses of Ritalin and Sodium Pentathol are used in narcoanalysis. (Ritalin is used to counteract the powerful sedative hypnotic effects of the Sodium Pentathol.) During this drug-induced state, the subject becomes highly relaxed, easily suggestible, and more freely shares information.

The tactics used to create undue psychological and social influence, often by means involving anxiety and stress, fall into seven main categories.

TACTIC 1. Increase suggestibility and “soften up” the individual through specific hypnotic or other suggestibility-increasing techniques such as:E


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