Here's one that is bound to warm the heart of any DARPA mind control advocate... you remember them? I blogged a few days ago about DARPA's mind control projects, and some interesting research being done at Dartmouth. Well, you can add the University of Buffalo to that list:
Frankly, the article conjures the alchemical image of James Whale's Frankenstein, of injections, and massive electrical machinery, only in this case, we're dealing with "tiny magnetic particles" that will be injected into mice - one can imagine the rodent kingdom to be getting rather fed up by now - subjected to field manipulations and so on.
Now, what leaped out at me in the article was this:
"'Our early understanding about the brain's functional regions came from patients who showed changes in their behavior after losing a part of their brain to traumatic brain injury or a tumor,' said Arnd Pralle, the assistant professor of physics who is leading the new UB study. 'The ability to now reversibly turn individual cells off or on and to observe the animal's behavior brings us finally to the level of the actual neurological circuit, which is extremely exciting.'
"The new NIMH funding, which comes from the National Institute of Health's program for Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA), is a testament to the promise of Pralle's work."
Hope you caught that: they are within a nano-hair of being able to map the neural circuitry and switch certain parts on an off at a cellular level.
Now, what has all this to do with DARPA and mind control? Well, as I pointed out in two previous blogs, DARPA is interested, officially interested, in the development of mind control technologies. And as I also pointed out, part of its role is as a coordinator of research, trying to generate interest and enough critical mass in certain topics that they are then researched on their own. To this end, I pointed out that it both monitors and "farms out" some of its research to the private sector, such as universities.
But similarly, such research can be sponsored through other government agencies, acting as a cut out, like the National Institute for Health, for example. And for the really conspiratorially minded, consider that this project at the University of Buffalo involves injections. Hmmm.... can we say vaccine anyone?Of course, we're a ways off yet from any real application to mind control at least along these lines... but rest assured, if DARPA hasn't thought of it, then some crazed conspiracy-theorist will. And it will probably be written up as a memorandum of concept by some faceless bureaucrat in that or some other agency, if it hasn't been already.