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Dancing to the Tune of an Unknown Drummer

 

            By Dr. Nick Begich with James Roderick

 

            In “a dramatic demonstration of mind reading, neuroscientists have created videos of what a cat sees by using electrodes implanted in the animal’s brain. ‘Trying to understand how the brain codes information leads to the possibility of replacing parts of the nervous system with an artificial device,’ he said.”1 The scientist com-menting on this technology saw the future possibility of brain activity mapping being used in creating electronic components to replace damaged parts of the system. The use of mind mapping had other possibilities as well. Similar research was pursued by Dr. José Delgado at one of the country’s leading research institutions in controlling the behavior of humans and animals. Actual testing of certain systems proved “that movements, sensations, emotions, desires, ideas, and a variety of psychological phenomena may be induced, inhibited, or modified by electrical stimulation of specific areas of the brain.”2 By 1985, Dr. Delgado was able to create these effects using only a radio signal sent to the brain remotely, using energy concentrations of less than 1/50th of what the Earth naturally produces. This discovery implied that frequency, waveform and pulse rate (modulation) were the important factors rather than the amount of energy being used. In considering this it makes sense because the human body does not require high electromagnetic power concentration to regulate its normal functioning – the key was in finding the “tuning” mechanisms for locating the right “receiving station” in the brain.

            By 1998, publicly released information was being discussed as a result of information openly flowing out of Russia. A meeting was held to assess the threat: the “main purpose of the March meetings was described in the Psychotechnologies memo as to ‘determine whether psycho-correction technologies represent a present or future threat to U.S. national security in situations where inaudible commands might be used to alter behavior.’”3 The threat assessment was likely to begin to condition Americans for the pubic acknowledgement of one of the government’s long held secrets – the human mind and body could be controlled remotely without a trace of evidence being left behind. In another quote, one of the leading researchers in this area began to announce his findings: “But psychological-warfare experts on all sides still dream that they will one day control the enemy’s mind. And in a tiny, dungeon like lab in the basement of Moscow’s ominously named Institute of Psycho-Correction, Smirnov and other Russian psychiatrists are already working on schizophrenics, drug addicts and cancer patients.”4 The results of this research have been investigated and demonstrated to members of the intelligence community in the United States and have even been demonstrated on a Canadian television documentary by Dr. Smirnov.

            “Fantasies are thought processes involving internal monologues and imaginative sequences which can motivate healthy people to constructive behavior; likewise, they can inspire unbalanced individuals to destructive or dangerous behavior. One conclusion from that research was that fantasy played a major role among violent criminals. Researchers learned that criminals often daydreamed their fantasies, and then practiced elements of those fantasies before committing their crime. FBI agents determined that violent criminals often exhibit telltale signs as children and as adults. Hence, disturbed employees or students may demonstrate signs of violent fantasies to close observers. Troubled individuals may be obsessively interested in music with violent lyrics, or may have a drug or alcohol problem. When these signs reveal themselves, they should be reported to a threat management team, which can then neutralize the threat, either by therapy, if rehabilitation is possible, or by firing the employee. Workplace and school violence is usually preceded by warning signs.”5 This issue is also an interesting one as the next chapter will show. The ability to determine a “predisposition” for a behavior does not mean that a person will make the “choice” to act on the feelings and internal thoughts. Every person on the planet can remember times when his thoughts were dangerous, immoral or otherwise un-acceptable, falling below the standards set by societal and cultural “norms.” Yet, we could have these thoughts in the privacy of our own mind. The trend in the application of mind control technology now would make our most private internal thoughts, as we wrestle with the temptations and choices of everyday life, subject to scrutiny by government and employers. Who will define the rules for psycho-correction? Who will decide what is ethical and right in this area as it develops over the next decade?

 

Control of the Mind and Body

 

            The predominant brain wave frequencies indicate the kind of activity taking place in the brain. There are four basic groups of brain wave frequencies which are associated with most mental activity. The first, beta waves, (13-35 Hertz or pulses per second) are associated with normal activity. The high end of this range is associated with stress or agitated states which can impair thinking and reasoning skills. The second group, alpha waves (8-12 Hertz), can indicate relaxation. Alpha frequencies are ideal for learning and focused mental functioning. The third, theta waves (4-7 Hertz), indicate mental imagery, access to memories and internal mental focus. This state is often associated with young children, behavioral modification and sleep/dream states. The last, ultra slow, delta waves (.5-3 Hertz), are found when a person is in deep sleep. The general rule is that the brain’s predominant wave frequency will be lowest, in terms of pulses per second, when relaxed, and highest when people are most alert or agitated.6 

            External stimulation of the brain by electromagnetic means can cause the brain to be entrained or locked into phase with an external signal generator.7 Predominant brain waves can be driven or pushed into new frequency patterns by external stimulation. In other words, the external signal driver or impulse generator entrains the brain, overriding the normal frequencies, and causing changes in the brain waves; which then cause changes in brain chemistry; which then cause changes in brain outputs in the form of thoughts, emotions or physical condition. As you are driven, so you arrive – brain manipulation can be either beneficial or detrimental to the individual being impacted depending on the level of knowledge or the intentions of the person controlling the technology.

            In combination with specific wave forms, the various frequencies trigger precise chemical responses in the brain. The release of these neurochemicals causes specific reactions in the brain which result in feelings of fear, lust, depression, love, etc. All of these, and the full range of emotional/intellectual responses, are caused by very specific combinations of these brain chemicals which are released by frequency-specific electrical impulses. “Precise mixtures of these brain juices can produce extraordinarily specific mental states, such as fear of the dark, or intense concentration.”8 The work in this area is advancing at a very rapid rate with new discoveries being made regularly. Unlocking the knowledge of these specific frequencies will yield significant breakthroughs in understanding human health. Radio frequency radiation, acting as a carrier for extremely low frequencies (ELF), can be used to wirelessly entrain brain waves. 

            The control of mind and body using various forms of electromagnetic energy, including radio signals, light pulsations, sound and by other methods has resulted in several inventions and innovations. The positive health effects and uses have been pursued by private researchers around the world. In 1973 an “apparatus for the treatment of neuropsychic and somatic disorders wherein light–, sound–, VHF electromagnetic field– and heat– sources, respectively, are simultaneously applied by means of a control unit to the patient’s central nervous system with a predetermined repetition rate. The light radiation and sound radiation sources are made so as to exert an adequate and monotonous influence of the light-and-sound-radiation on the patient’s visual analyzers and auditory analyzers, respective-ly.”9 This results in the brain following the external simulating source in triggering brain pattern changes which effect the brain immediately and directly. In a simple application patented in 1977 one “invention provides a device, for improving upon the aforesaid application in assisting the induction of natural sleep. As stated above, this invention is concerned specifically with an improvement that will permit the creation of several waveforms such that an analgesic noise device can approximate soothing sounds of nature, i.e., waves, rain, wind.”10 These kinds of devices are available everywhere and are noted for their calming effects in helping people relax and sleep.

            In 1980 another patent was issued which disclosed “a method and apparatus for producing a noise-like signal for inducing a hypnotic or anesthetic effect in a human being. The invention also has application in crowd control and consciousness level training (biofeedback). The invention may also be used in creating special musical effects.”11 This device would have a profound effect in controlling individuals to a point otherwise only achievable through the application of hypnotherapy or drugs. A couple years later another device was engineered to create these types of effects, again using very subtle energy resulting in: “Brain wave patterns associated with relaxed and meditative states in a subject are gradually induced without deleterious chemical or neurological side effects.”12

            Various systems were perfected and patents issued for controlling brain activity.13, 14, 15,16,17,18,19,20 These in-ventions generated a whole array of breakthroughs for controlling a person’s emotional state, concentration, and pain levels, and creating   other effects as well. In 1990, the results of a study strongly indicated “that specific types of subjective experiences can be enhanced when extremely low frequency magnetic fields of less than 1 milligauss are generated through the brain at the level of the temporal lobes. Vestibular feelings (vibrations, floating), depersonalization (feeling detached, sense of a presence) and imaginings (vivid images from childhood) were more frequent within the field exposed groups than the sham-field exposed group.”21

            In another 1996 “new age” invention, quartz crystals are used to create stress relief by slowing brain activity. “Physiological stress in a human subject is treated by generating a weak electromagnetic field about a quartz crystal. The crystal is stimulated by applying electrical pulses of pulse widths between 0.1 and 50 microseconds each at a pulse repetition rate of between 0.5k and 10k pulses per second to a conductor positioned adjacent to the quartz crystal thereby generating a weak magnetic field. A subject is positioned within the weak magnetic field for a period of time sufficient to reduce stress.”22 It is interesting that “new age  thinkers have played on “crystal magic” as a way to get in “tune” with oneself and relax and here is a quartz crystal being included as a component of this invention. Again, the crossovers between fiction and science continue to appear.

            Consciousness training is also a big theme in cults, religious organizations and others pursuing the “new age.” Science has now gained a greater understanding of how the mind and brain work so that what used to take years, or even decades, to achieve, can now be mastered in weeks, days or even minutes. For instance, in 1996 a method and apparatus for the use in achieving alpha and theta brainwave states and effecting positive emotional states in humans,”23 was developed. Two years later another patent was issued which could create desired consciousness states; in the training of an individual to replicate such states of consciousness without further audio stimulation; and in the transferring of such states from one human being to another through the imposition of one person’s EEG, superimposed on desired stereo signals, on another individual, by inducement of a binaural beat phenomenon.”24 Thought trans-ference? This is interesting in that it speaks to the ideas alluded to earlier by the military in changing the memory of a person by imposing computer manipulated signals which would integrate with the normal memory of a person. The possibility of abuse are obvious and the opportunity for personal advancement is also great. Consider the possibility of gaining education by the transfer of data directly into the human brain by these new methods rather than the standard methods of learning. A serious consideration in developing these types of memory transfer systems will be the fact that they bypass normal intellectual filters – they are deposited into the brain as fact, without question or careful consideration. What happens when the new information conflicts with existing information? Would it be possible to include hidden information meant to unduly influence things like religious beliefs, politics or consumption of goods and services?

            The possibilities are immense and the ethical and moral questions surrounding these matters equally large. We can no longer avoid the debate, in fact the debate is lagging far behind the scientific advancements. In the interim, there are some simple things we could all do to enhance our own, or our children’s, learning capacity by applying simple and available knowledge. For instance: “researchers at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at University of California, Irvine, have determined that 10 minutes of listening to a Mozart piano sonata raised the measurable IQ of college students by up to nine points.”25 This is a simple thing of great use to anyone seeking self improvement.

 

Weapons of the Mind

 

            “The results of many studies that have been published in the last few years indicate that specific biological effects can be achieved by controlling the various parameters of the electromagnetic (EM) field. A few of the more important EM factors that can be manipulated are frequency, wave shape, rate of pulse onset, pulse duration, pulse amplitude, repetition rate, secondary modulation, and symmetry and asymmetry of the pulse. Many of the clinical effects of electromagnetic radiation were first noticed using direct current applied directly to the skin. Later the same effects were obtained by applying external fields. Electromagnetic radiation has been reported in the literature to induce or enhance the following effects:

 

1.   Stimulation of bone regeneration in fractures.

2.   Healing of normal fractures.

3.   Treatment of congenital pseudarthosis.

4.   Healing of wounds.

5.   Electroanesthesia.

6.   Electroconvulsive therapy.

7.   Behavior modification in animals.

8.   Altered electroencephalograms in animals and humans.

9.   Altered brain morphology in animals.

10. Effects of acupuncture.

11. Treatment of drug addiction.

12. Electrostimulation for relief of pain.

 

            These are but a few of the many biological effects and uses that have been reported over the past decade. They are not exhaustive and do not include many of the effects reported in the Soviet and East European literature.

     As with most human endeavors, these applications of electromagnetic radiation have the potential for being a double-edged sword. They can produce significant benefits, yet at the same time can be exploited and used in a controlled manner for military or covert applications. This paper focuses on the potential uses of electromagnetic radiation in future low-intensity conflicts.

 

Dr. Begich will be lecturing on the subject of mind control. The lecture and discussion is titled Mind Control – A Brave New World or Enhanced Human Performance.

 

 

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