cells rely on electricity, they and the genes they contain may also
be affected by electromagnetic emissions.
and therefore brains are electrochemical entities. They can be influenced
both by many kinds of molecules and by electrochemical stimuli.
Physical influences include radioactivity, electromagnetic radiation
(encompassing visual images, temperature changes, magnetic fields...)
and quantum effects.
someone comes up with an empirically testable counter-claim, the
assumption that all brain changing influences act, at base, by changing
brain electrochemistry is likely to remain secure.
future technologies may use electromagnetic radiation to affect,
or even burn out, the neurons involved in implementing certain cogwebs
or hitherto untapped techniques from the quantum world.
we come to understand which genes control synaptic plasticity -
a project already underway - we may be able to control which beliefs
are held, and how strongly, which memories are kept and which forgotten,
which actions conceived and which remain beyond imagining. Perhaps
we may even work out how to trigger genes remotely, without unduly
toxic side-effects and with greater accuracy in time and space.
We may be able not only to generate a certain belief, but also then
to 'fix' it so that no further modification occurs, creating the
ultimate impervious dogmatic.
sense of freedom may be a basic emotional reaction, but its associations
with particular abilities (to speak our minds, go where we please,
and so on) are learned connections. The trick is to disable the
brain's alarm signal by breaking the connections (or preventing
them form forming in the first place) so that reactance is no longer
triggered when, for example, the right to free speech is infringed.
Then there will be no emotional reaction, no fire to be damped down
- or stamped out by force. At present, our methods are slow and
imprecise: repeatedly playing down the value of the freedom in question,
emphasising potential threats which make the freedom unsustainable,
offering enjoyable distractions, and so on. In the future we may
possess alternative methods giving us - or those who control us
- the power to pinpoint an association's neural source and tidily
remove it from our minds.
- cognitive web of mental thoughts, hopes, beliefs, desires, assumptions
- a negative emotional state triggered by a perceived threat to
personal freedom which can motivate extremely vigorous defensive
quotes from Brainwashing, by Kathleen Taylor, Oxford University
By applying complex magnetic fields to the right temporal
lobe Michael Persinger was able to induce spiritual experiences.