MAKING THE NON-HYPNOTIZABLE HYPNOTIZABLE
In my book Microcosm and Medium I pointed out that a certain percentage of the population appears to be, somehow, naturally incapable of being hypnotized or induced into a trance state by the usual methods of hypnotic induction, while another similarly small percentage of people appear to be particularly susceptible to such methods. This article about the former group was spotted by W.G., and it contains some implications that are the focus of today's high octane speculation:
What concerns me here, and the subject of our daily dose of high octane speculation, is this:
Scientists at Stanford University have discovered how to use magnetic pulses to more easily induce hypnosis, a fascinating study published in the journal Nature Mental Health claims.
To be clear, the method — clunkily dubbed the Stanford Hypnosis Integrated with Functional Connectivity-targeted Transcranial Stimulation, or SHIFT for short — doesn't do the hypnotizing. Instead, SHIFT seeks to facilitate an individual's response to hypnosis, especially in cases where a patient was previously resistant.
Hypnosis isn't just a circus hustle; as The New York Times reported in 2023, several science-backed studies have shown hypnotherapy to have promising health benefits in the realms of pain management, mental health, addiction, and more. But as Stanford psychiatric researcher and lead study author Afik Faerman told The Daily Beast, "only about 20 percent" of the human population is uniquely susceptible to hypnosis — and thus, to its potential health benefits. The introduction of a method like SHIFT, then, could make noninvasive hypnosis therapy more feasible for the remaining four-fifths of the world's humans.
Per the study, SHIFT applies targeted transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) — in short, a nonintrusive form of electric brain stimulation achieved by administering repeated magnetic pulses using an electromagnetic coil— to certain areas of the brain closely associated with susceptibility to hypnosis. It's a simple hypothesis: artificially stimulate these cranial regions, the researchers posit, and the newfound brain activity might cause a patient to be more receptive to hypnosis treatment.
And there you have it.
Notably, this method of "stimulating" the brain to be more susceptible to hypnotic induction involves utilizing "magnetic pulses...using an electromagnetic coil" to stimulate those areas of the brain. So once again, with respect to a mind-manipulation technology we have (1) electromagnetism, which in turn suggests the use of (2) particular frequencies in (3) a pulsed modality.
Thus, while the article suggests that this susceptibility to hypnotic induction can be increased by the placement of such coils directly in contact with the brain, I suggest that this is not necessary. All that is necessary is to subject those parts of the brain to those types of weak pulses at the correct frequency. Immersing a population ins a field of such pulses howsoever generated will, in short, make such people more susceptible to hypnotic induction.
And that raises the possibility of how to do the induction. One already has a whole host of possibilities there, from carefully crafted neural linguistic programming via the lamestream propotainment media (and I am bold to suggest that, if one pays attention, one sees this type being practiced in a variety of ways even now), to direct injection via similar types of electromagnetic methods that I have already outlined in Microcosm and Medium.
To put it all country simple: I believe this article is more about what has already been done, rather than about future possibilities. If you're wondering why some people appear to be acting like they're in some sort of zombie-like trance or "entrained state", it's because they are in a trance state.
QUESTION: And how might one accomplish the placement of such small, low power electromagnetic coils near a brain?
ANSWER: Take out your iphone and look at it.
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