I was reading a book by the late Jim Keith called Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness for some research I'm doing, and I was struck by this passage, written in 1999, concerning the research of neurophysiologist Dr. Michael Persinger:
"Among Persinger's accomplishments is the ability to cause subjects to think that they have been abducted by aliens, or have had an encounter sith angels of God through the use of a modified motorcyle helmet equipped with solenoids to send electromagnetic pulses through the frontal lobes of their brains. 'Ultimately,' Persinger says, 'human experience is determined by what is happening in the brain. And the experience of God can be generated by a process that has nothing to do with whether God exists or not.'"(p. 205).
Keith went on to explain that Persinger's ground-breaking research was published in the June 1995 issue of Perceptiual and Motor Skills, in a paper entitled "On the Possibility of Accessing Every Human Brain by Electromagnetic Induction of Fundamental Algorithms." While the title says it all, its contents are even more darkly revealing: "One logical ectrapolation to a neuophysical basis of conscious" he says, is that "random variations of 'noise' within the matrices could potentially differentiate between individual brains." Keith's comment is worth nothing as well: "In other words, individuals could be indentified by the specific characteristics of their brain output." (p, 206). As if that were not enough, Keith then goes on to quote yet another provocative thought of Dr. Persinger: "Identification of these sequences could also allow direct access to the most complex neurocognitive processes associated with the sense of self, human consciousness and the aggregate of experiential represetations... that define the individual within the brain." (p, 206)
Heady stuff, if you'll pardon the pun, but the implications are clear: neuroscience is pushing the borders and possibilities of the technologies of mind manipulation to frontiers scarcely dreamed of only a short while before, inclusive of technologies that can engineer the deepest mystical experiences a human being can have. That possibility, plus the fact that Keith's and Persinger's words were written more than a decade ago, should be sobering enough.