This article was shared by by many people, and there's something in it that caught my eye, and it is the subject of today's high octane speculation.

In brief, the article is about Chinese mind manipulation experiments, which, according to the article, are being fought in the Chinese court system by some of its victims:

Thousands in China Exposed to ‘Mind Control’ Technology Seek Answers

The article intrigues, because it links the  symptoms of the victims of these Chinese mind manipulation experiments to those experienced by American and Canadian embassy personnel in Cuba. Normally, the bulk of the article would be the subject of today's high octane speculation.

But today, it's not. It's rather that curious caption beneath the picture that begins the article:

A woman looks at a functional magnetic resonance image (fMRI) showing the effect of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Kant's 3rd Critique on the human brain during the Wellcome Collection's major new exhibition "Brains: mind of matter" in London on March 27, 2012. (Emphasis added)

Now, I don't know about you, but I'd rather listen to the fingernails of a dozen hands scraping on a blackboard, or a thousand alley cats in heat making all the noises that alley cats in heat make, than listen to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring; after all, the latter did cause a riot at its Parisian premier in 1908. At least 1908 Parisians could recognize a cacophony when they heard it. To drive the point home, someone on YouTube actually released a "performance" of the "work" done completely on harpsichords, and while I love the harpsichord, in this case, it was like tossing the alley cats in heat inside the sound box of a few dozen harpsichords, and letting them have at it.

But I digress. What fascinated me about the caption was the implied study of macroneurological patterns - if I may call them that, after all, I'm not a neurologist - that emerge when humans contemplate large "works" like, in this case, the Stravinsky, or Kant's "3rd critique." The reason this caught my attention requires a bit of explanation. In my book Microcosm and Medium I wrote about the fact that beginning in the 1970s, DARPA (then ARPA) had sponsored a series of studies of the response of the human brain to specific words. Over time, lots of tests on different subjects, specific brainwave patterns emerged that were associated with specific words.

This enabled the researchers to build up what I called an "electroencephalographic dictionary", that is to say, a database of specific brainwave patterns associated with specific words. Initially it was reported this "electroencephalographic dictionary" consisted of no more than a couple of thousands of words, but allegedly, over time and continued research, this has grown considerably. The goal was to use these brainwave templates of words not only to read a person's thoughts or interior mental conversations, but also to project thoughts into that conversation; literally, to be able to conduct conversations, as this article also points out.

But when I wrote about this in Microcosm and Medium, I began the book with an examination of the 18th century Baroque doctrine of the Affektenlehre, i.e., the idea that certain specific musical-rhetorical procedures - combinations of tempo, instrumentation, choice of key, in addition to the actual melodies, rhythms, and harmonies and their various permutations - could be used by the knowledgeable and skilled composer to evoke universal human passions and responses. The doctrine was quite elaborate, and may seem to some people to be a quaint artifact of "antiquated thinking," until one recalls that film music does precisely the same thing: deliberate manipulation of emotional responses  - even physiological responses - by purely musical techniques well known to composers.

With that idea, let's return to this strange caption: what if one could build up, not "electroencephalographic dictionaries" but a similar database of responses to much more "marco-sized" intellectual constructions such as an entire piece of music, or an entire philosophical dissertation, or a particular work of art or literature?  If so, then one is approaching a more empirically-grounded type of Affektenlehre than the 18th century experiments of the Bachs and other Baroque composers.

But notably, it's a difference of quality of data, not a difference in the fundamental concept itself.

Or to put it country simple: Affektenlehre may be coming to a mind manipulation research laboratory near you.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Andrew on September 29, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Dear Dr Farrell
    From your interview with Catherine Austin Fitts I first heard about the Affktenlerhre. It is fascinating. Surprisingly, several people with whom I have subsequently spoken and who are quite knowledgeable about music were unfamiliar with this concept.
    My further research into the topic of the Affektenlehre led me to the video “Resonance: Beings of Frequency.” This took me to find out about the Schuman Resonance. My further investigation led me in turn to discovering “binaural beats” and “solfeggio frequencies”.
    I found several videos of binaural beats on YouTube, with many coming from “Greenred Productions” and “PowerThoughts Meditation Club”. They and others have music with various frequencies for many conditions such as insomnia, headache, stress, inflammation, toothache, high blood pressure, cramps, sinus problems…. The list goes on and on. The videos are free and painless. Most significant is that they seem to work for me, and as of yet I have not noticed any negative effects.
    Are you at all familiar with any of this? I am concerned whereas although I could be on to something quite marvelous I could also be on to something quite dangerous and harmful. Could this be cosmic healing or is it simply the placebo effect? Is it merely codswallop, or is it brainwashing or perhaps something even more sinister?
    I’d much appreciate your thoughts or those of any of your followers.

  2. george on September 28, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I read that as “mind manipulation factory”

  3. Pierre on September 27, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I don’t so much listen to music as play it in my head, particularly if a particular song gets lodged there in the echo chamber for up to a week. but is it now digital or analogue or quantum?

  4. Loxie Lou Davie on September 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Mind Control…..I was just telling a friend the other day for that 70 years I remained in a brainwashed state because of the Belief System I was raised in. In other words, I didn’t start using my own mind until my Belief System Bubble was burst!!

    Souls…..I prefer to think I am an Eternal, Sovereign Being….not that I ‘have’ a soul. This “meatsuit” is not the Real Me!! It is only the temporary lodging place for Me!!

  5. Richard on September 26, 2019 at 4:30 am

    In one’s humble speculative opinion, “mind manipulation,” your “Affektenlehre” or Doctrine of the Affections / Affects / Passions and thought-form insertion are things those clever so’n’so’s know how to use while being less destructive with the use of [active measures] for their own self-serving goals of hegemony. Even now as the Party seeks to arrange trade, impose resource acquisition strategies it prefers, and later grab political dominance they’re using a peta-flopping storyteller. This peta-flopper is very adept at using (more like stealing) data bases or volumes upon volumes of data bases – by design and with goal in mind. Perhaps program as a mind.

    As the Party . . . “does NOT walk the western road of constitutionalism, separation of powers, or judicial independence.”. . they clearly throw their weight around with a smile often not concerned about repercussions. . . . well. . . . until recently that is. Ming the merciless might have blinked but not any blinking that is out of character with keeping the corneas moist. One must remember or if not known before, know that the Party got its clandestine operations tutelage from the former Sovietzski to their northeast. Those taught and well learned [active measures] of the former Sovietzsky are currently seen from the Party’s operatives worldwide with a traditional Mandarin story applied even superimposed. A special adaptation for that large dragon.

    One suspects that the largest of the dragons is still looking for a favorite-useful-idiot or idiots to propagate their distortions into the main communication process. It’s not necessarily an exclusive for any one billionaire, as has been occasionally flashed, but one might suggest that such wealth does make the job of a useful-idiot much easier by delegating cash to many more useful-idiots on the streets to protest because they can and is what they do. In any case, their methods are well known but the nuances to suit vary. It begs the question, “How much of this stuff is now privately owned and financed?” “Any conflicts of goals of dominion anywhere?”

    Just think, if you start acting like Agent Mulder, receiving a level of dissonance from exposure to a portion of a certain artifact, you might fit the role in another X-File episode that’s more than just virtual reality. That’s old stuff, old Sovietzski stuff from decades ago. Very dark, indeed, but what’s new from a certain Party’s goal of dominion, eh?

  6. BlueWren on September 25, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    “Or to put it country simple: Affektenlehre may be coming to a mind manipulation research laboratory near you”

    … and we, at Giza Death Star, will be well equipped to detect it and decide whether it’s appropriate and well-suited to our needs 🙂

    • anakephalaiosis on September 26, 2019 at 12:26 am

      Though patterns are life patterns. Time is the moment that grows.

      It is possible, to express a whole incarnation in one single moment. It happens naturally i death.

      To do so, while still alive, is a great feat. That discipline is called Christianity.

  7. marcos toledo on September 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    In Frank Herbert Dune words are used to control people this and music have been used in many a science fiction and horror stories and movies. The lust to be a god is want gives these psychopaths lives meaning.

  8. goshawks on September 25, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    An early teacher gave a somewhat-esoteric response regarding listening to music (paraphrased) :

    We all have souls. Normally, our intellect is a ‘guardian’ to what is accepted into our souls. It provides a ‘filtering’ capacity to unconstrained acceptance (and conditioning). The teacher noted that music can be used to ‘override’ the intellect’s supervision. When we are caught-up in the emotions brought-forth by music, we may mouth (even sing) the words without examining them and saying “No.” The soul takes this as a de-facto pass for incorporation, no matter the content…

    According to this teacher, any words sung with emotion would contribute to conditioning the soul (and the more emotion, the more the ‘override’ potential). So, be careful what you listen to – positive or negative. It may control your future…

    As a consequence of this, I tend to listen to music without vocals. My mind can just relax and go with the music. No programming. This works best for pieces which I have not memorized the lyrics in teen years…

    (One leading speaker whom I knew would repetitively sing the words, “Bad girl, Sad girl” from the recording of the time. I could only wince and imagine what was going-on at the soul level…)

    • zendogbreath on September 25, 2019 at 10:44 pm

      Word Goshawks. Or not word as the case may be.

      Agreed. Learned that studying (especially math) went better with lyricless music. Something about improv according to the likes of Rick Beatto.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on September 26, 2019 at 1:55 am

      Actually, no… the REAL Affektenlehre is in the “encryption” or “encoding” that goes on in instrumental music.

      • zendogbreath on October 3, 2019 at 4:23 pm

        Curious about that Doc. Reminds of the meet up on top of the mountain in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Also more interested in taking control of my own programming (more).

  9. zero on September 25, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    People tell me i’m mental when i tell them that i do not listen to music, unless it is forced upon me which is a lot bunch of musofacists. I used to and i do miss it, what i will say is that it gives a massive change in perspective and is very, very, very revealing.

    • zero on September 25, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      Technology and insight gives a new platform to
      magik but the song remains the same. it is all about the waves man, it’s all about the waves.

      • zendogbreath on September 25, 2019 at 10:41 pm

        Peace can be kinda well peaceful eh?

  10. Detroit Dirt Bikes on September 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    “I, and the government of which I am a member, are deeply sorry about this, my boy.”

  11. DanaThomas on September 25, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Amazing Polly discusses the relationship between mind control, espionage and the provenance (Germany and Austria) of so many key people both before and after WW2. At about minute 28 she mentions Project Rusty, which brought the Gehlen Organization to the US.

    • Robert Barricklow on September 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks for the link Dana.

    • Sandygirl on September 25, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      So long ago (if not eons) “they” were experimenting and scheming to shape the world we live in. “They” can’t be human, to create so much suffering and evilness. For what purpose? Total control over Earth resources and mind control on humanity? You wouldn’t need that many slaves to run things and resources will run out at some point. They might need slaves for underground cities and other planets. I think they need humans to feed off our energy, as in loosh. They kept hidden the ancient secrets of who we are and the creative energy we possess.

  12. Robert Barricklow on September 25, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Well, there’s always that first time for everything?
    I posted my reply to this mind-control. and it took. I read it and found no errors[to my surprise].
    It didn’t take when I rechecked the post?
    It was MIA?

    My post wasn’t unusual. I just implied that this global phenomena of mind-control experimentation had been ongoing for Christ knows how long?. That we cannon fodder had been subject to these live-in-action experimentations globally; and that who knows how many of us here have been subject to it; if not all of us, and for how many times?

    Take two?

    • Robert Barricklow on September 25, 2019 at 11:18 am

      [I posted again. it took(errors this time/no surprise)].
      Now, refresh >

  13. Billy Bob on September 25, 2019 at 10:50 am

    …gives new meaning to the rarity of an original thought…

  14. Kahlypso on September 25, 2019 at 8:09 am

    hello Dr Farrel.
    QUOTE: “This enabled the researchers to build up what I called an “electroencephalographic dictionary”, that is to say, a database of specific brainwave patterns associated with specific words.”

    So this could be fed into an AI that could relate concepts to EEC images. That would mean it could communicate effeciently in all languages right? A return to the Tower of Babel? IF words can produce a specific EEC image, that image ought to be similiar for all humans. IF an AI could scan humans and take the EEC image.. would that mean that the AI is mind-reading the humans? Could this be used to see what all the people around the world are ‘thinking’?
    That would be a nifty tactical advantage in todays political arena.. but no one would think to do that right?
    ” “To be able assist you,” says Aparna Chennapragada, who oversees Google Now, “we have to understand the world.””…
    ” And thanks to the latest in artificial intelligence technology, which can automatically determine how words are related, it continues to improve.”…
    “The system does all this using what Socher calls “episodic memory.””…
    “You can’t do transitive reasoning without episodic memory,” Socher says.

    And, he explains, you can use much the same setup to do analyze sentiment or translate words into a new language”

    • K on September 25, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      The Babel Fish is real!!!! Where is my towel I’m outta here…

      P.S. In my excitement at realizing the Babel Fish may exist one day, I hit the wrong button and reported your comment. My bad.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on September 26, 2019 at 1:59 am

      That’s a VERY intriguing speculation! THANK YOU for sharing it!

  15. guitardave on September 25, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Thanks Doc. I find this subject VERY interesting. As a (untrained hack) musician /songwriter and an “emo” type, i viscerally understand that music is the language of emotion. It took many years to get to the point that i could start to intuitively write words that match (or counterpoint) the “feel” of the melody/tempo. (proper training would have helped get there sooner….of the 45 yrs i been at it, I’d say the first 15 were “fake it till you make it”)…anyway…
    I’ve come to the conclusion that “they” have been identifying and cataloguing “personality types” (Guridjeff talked about 27? types) by the music you like, for quite some time.
    When i think about whats been done to the music industry since the inception of the internet, it’s the only thing that makes any sense. These days it’s a waste of money to go in the studio and make a disc, when it will be put up on YT for free. The people who still make albums know there’s no money in sales, they put it up for free to promote their live performances.
    Tell me why the money grubbing ‘music industry’ would allow their copyrighted material to be freely disseminated on YT ? …’fair use” my ass. The ‘industry’ was corrupt from the git-go and had no problem giving it away to the alphabet agencies for their “type tracking” and other purposes. Notice that “free music” didn’t happen till we had PC’s with built in backdoors to vacuum up all your yummy personal data.
    It’s not the only reason, after all, we know how they like to ‘kill 10 birds with one stone’…. the other reasons we’re all familiar with, like corrupting immature minds and whole subcultures and such. It’s not just YT….the freaking creepiest is i-tunes…but that could be a whole ‘nother rant.
    The brainwave-word thing is the next level of detail in knowing, and for the unaware, the controlling of your mind.
    Doc, I know you say monetize whatever it is your doing, but it’s tough if you write music and are too physically worn out to preform…(being old and low-tech don’t help either…wah. 🙂
    Now, if you don’t mind (and i won’t mind if you mod it) here’s a freebee for you all, about what happens when you get too close to the truth, be it a Twitstorm or a “two shot” suicide….. and the decay of values. (warning: its raw, or as they say, “low production values”…..so if you like studio quality stuff, this ain’t it.)
    (PS; Doc, if i ever get the $ to make a disc i want you to do the organ part this tune so needs…(if its not to simple for your tastes.) i know it’ll be a hit and we’ll make absolutely no money on it 🙂
    Thank you and keep up the good work.

  16. DanaThomas on September 25, 2019 at 6:28 am

    We shall counter anti-music with music.

  17. anakephalaiosis on September 25, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Presently, in Europe, all spooks are being activated, in a desperate attempt, to control outcome, in wake of a puppet show.

    The problem is, that not all Europeans are Britons, and laughter in Affektenlehre cannot be contained, by cordon sanitaire.

    Hysteria is the control technique, when fox hunting. Yet, frogs will jump, when Molière knows his Tartuffe.


    Punch and Judy went overdrive,
    while using fork and knife,
    feeding the puppeteer
    who is not there,
    and yet curtain does move.

  18. Claude on September 25, 2019 at 5:29 am

    data & information collection and control and finally mind control
    AI , quantum, everything is done to accelerate the trend towards new models that will allow governments banks and elites to impose new invariant
    Not the ones based on the reality we are living in currently but a new one where their will be the masters of the universe and of humanity fate’s


    • Claude on September 25, 2019 at 7:17 am

      Jeff Rense – Conscious AI Supercomputers For Nanotech Wireless Mind Control

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