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CONTROLLING THE DREAMS OF RATS

This is one of those articles I think nearly everyone I know sent me, and in my trawling, I found it myself. And it bears pondering very carefully: can we, via technology and careful neurophysiological mapping, actually image the brain to the degree that we can control, in a detailed fashion, its thoughts and dreams?

Well, according to this article, we can....well, at least, we can in the case of lab rats:

Neuroscientists successfully control the dreams of rats. Could humans be next?

One can, as with so many emerging techniques and technologies, imagine two moral paths and applications: one good, one evil. On the good side, we have the potential here that this technology could be developed to the point where, during sleep, human memories could be enhanced to remember particular details that we want to remember, for a test, for a difficult project at work, for daily tasks and errands. If you're like me, you write things down in your daily "to do" book, or, perhaps for the more internet-sophisticated, use some form of online computerized calendar that mails you those helpful email reminders that you've got to be at such a place for an appointment. If you're like me and deal with lots of emails on a daily basis, such things aren't all that helpful...and, if you're like me, you forget to look in your date-book to remind yourself what to do, then you write yourself another post-it note...well...you get the picture. Frankly, if such a technology were available cheaply I'd certainly plug in while I sleep just to be able to remember what to do.

But there is a very dark side to the potentials of this technology, and I only need remind people of the MKULTRA mind-control program of the CIA, nor of the hideous torture performed by one of its experts, Dr. Ewan Cameron, on his "patients" (victims, in the proper sense). This "technique" included cocktails of psychedelic drugs, sleep deprivation, or, conversely, days of continuous induced sleep. When we add to this the known technologies that can influence - from a distance and via electromagnetic waves - human mental and emotional states, then the potential here becomes very dark, for during the suggestibility of sleep, one could be "programmed" as it were, without even being aware of it, while one slept.

Would "they" do that to us? Well, I suspect your view of "them" is probably the same as mine: they're slugs. And "they" view "us" as so much lab rats in their global laboratory. But, we can also relax in a certain sense, because as soon as the technology goes public  - as eventually it will - there will be those who will invent the "dream modification preventer" which can be yours for a few quid, and you can sleep the sound sleep of the unmodified-dreams-just, and we'll be right back where we started.

See you on the flip side.

13 thoughts on “CONTROLLING THE DREAMS OF RATS”

  1. I think the CIA MK-Ultra mind control thing is alive and well and being used with vigor on the prolific American rock festival circuit. I’ve been laughed out of the room several times with this pet theory but I truly believe it. If you notice there are an abundance of rock music festivals in the US today. Pretty much every region of the country has large crowd drawing summer music extravaganzas replete with all the MK-Ultra trademarks– designer drugs, dizzying hypnotic light shows, sleep deprivation, and most likely subliminal sounds or messages being fed over the speaker systems. I am in acquaintance with several young people who participate in these festivals and they really exhibit a noticeable zombie like behavior– not much individual thought and that constant soul deadened look in their eyes. I used to chalk it up to drug abuse and the disorienting effect of pop culture, but I am convinced they are being systematically deranged at these music festivals.

    Aside from being abject hedonists, which may or may not be CIA programming, they live by this defeatist mantra of “its all good” and therefore surrender all judgement on nearly every topic and really seem adverse to questioning any kind of authority. When I asked them about the fascistic police presence and drug sniffing dogs in their college dormitories, I expected them to be viscerally opposed to it like I was but lo and behold they are completely unfazed by it. The designer drugs they take are of very dubious content and origins as well.

    I don’t need to remind people that the MK-Ultra was spawned out of Northern California along with the LSD music craze of the sixties. I think the current rock music festivals are the perfection of these original CIA experiments held in San Francisco.

  2. Starts with the assumption that dreaming is simply the encoding of actvities into memories. Thus the experiement was designed to fit expected parameters. No Jungians, shamans, artists, or inventors allowed.

    I wonder if this doesn’t underestimate the rats like the old behaviorists did.
    On the other hand, apparently human dreams can be controlled, albeit somewhat crudely. Via economic propaganda, aka advertising and “news.”

    Philip K. Dick explored nightmarish territory in detail. Perhaps “the (Roman) Empire never ended” he wrote in his SF. Casting himself as countercultural, a gnostic; the knower aware of the sign of the fish.

    Or maybe his novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” is more appropriate. Only we’re supposed to become the electric sheep. But some figure out how to knock over the smug shepherds and break out of the electronic fleecing pens.

  3. This is hardly new Dr Farrell.
    Very much PRE 911 on humans.
    There’s an article there:
    “How to tell when YOUR thoughts are NOT YOURS”

    This “technology” has NO up side.
    Resonant Universal Harmony will take care of
    such things, coming to minds (and bodies) here & there soon.

    [unfortunately all too few I’ve learned from this blog]

      1. too decode the hal err ibm 10 it reads as follows….blah blah blah, babel babel kill liions blah blah babel babel kill blah blah.

        pretty m;uch eh…honey in love with money…..lunar loons do as the moon says and with the tide of the oceans you flow like an ebb amd tje deatj pf ,mankind…with a cherry on top…chop chop that cherry tree…..ole hal…please do speaketh in parables and corruptness.

        1. You KNOW, jede, it in no way surprises me that
          no one knows who/what you are,
          [as I stated above]
          but I do….
          because I have been your only target…

          So everyone falls for it,
          hook, line and
          SINKER

          WHY DO YOU THINK I CARE?
          I’m not ANYONE’S judge.

          NO ONE will ever judge another.
          Which may be unfortunate as we are
          ultimately harchest on our self.

          1. your not my target,…..I am only after the truth.

            for example controlling the minds of rats, , remember after the flood the rainbow was our symbol of our divine origins and gods conquest over the ….inorganic beings…those that are not from the source, the light…..they hate me because I AM not of this world….10 double helix 23 said to Math and Light or Jesus said too Mathew

            Ratatouille…..bon appetite….dreamers…..controlling the dreams of rats…funny how welfare reversed is farewel.

            When your hands feed you that is the hands that frees you.
            even too love yourself and your family is concocted as a evil deed, it is racist.
            …imagine how love can be twisted into negative…zzz zzzz zzz…

          2. truth [?]
            Well then,
            I guess you have the RIGHT target
            SO
            get back in line.

            Either go around or go through.

            Hop a ride on IsOn straight from
            the Oort cloud RIGHT
            to the sun, [IS]ON a suicidal errand

    1. Thanks for the reminder! Last time I checked in on Dr. Lilly’s stuff was almost 2 decades ago.

      PS– I did read “Memories.” Can’t dismiss the story unless you assume you know more about the situation than the person involved. However, the self-centered tone and borderline psychosis I found off-putting.

      For those of us more sympathetic to real left-wing conspiracy theories (as contrasted to tepid, centrist liberalism) there is Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine.” Where she likens the inhumane cruelty of Dr. Cameron to neoCon economics and its allied IMF et al. Regarding the horrors foisted on the people of countries whose leaders adopted the neoCon strategies.

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