by Jon Rappoport
February 20, 2013
from JonRappoport Website
So let’s begin with this:
If you made that statement to a modern neuroscientist, the odds are overwhelming he would look at you as if you were visiting from the Stone Age.
Same response from the neuroscientist: you’re crazy.
Backing up still further, you could say that mind is a series of spaces the person himself creates, in order to think, in much the same way a canvas is a space on which the painter imagines and creates.
From at least the time of the classic Bhagavad Gita (written perhaps more than 2000 years ago), and in ancient Egyptian texts, writers and philosophers have been describing the soul, the spirit, the psyche in various terms.
In the Gita, as Krishna engages Arjuna in their famous debate about war and duty, Krishna moves back and forth between depicting the individual as distinctly and separately and powerfully immortal - and then as part of a greater spiritual Whole.
In either case, the individual is not physical, but inhabits a physical form, and after the body passes away, the individual survives and usually returns for another incarnation.
The soul or spirit or mind are not explainable in physical terms. This is the basic view expressed over and over by philosophies and religions from the dawn of time on this planet.
In the 20th century, that view was subjected to the bulldozer of science:
Social Engineering In The 20th Century
The chief implication of scientism is: freedom is an illusion.
If you assert that all of life’s processes are ultimately reducible to tiny particles in motion, you are saying this is true of the brain and the mind as well. And that means everything we believe and experience about our own freedom and choice is nothing more than an absurd dream.
And how is that delusional dream produced? It is somehow fired up by these tiny cause-and-effect particles that swim through the universe. The particles are not free. Therefore, neither is the brain, which is made up of such particles.
It gets worse. The tiny particles that compose rocks and concrete and plastic and stars and galaxies have nothing in them that could be called alive.
No research discovers anything in the electron or quark or wavicle that can be identified as Life.
These are the same particles that constitute our brains and our DNA.
The rarely expressed neuro-scientific conclusion? We are all robots made out of flesh with no freedom and no “extra quality” called life.
People profoundly fail to understand this conclusion of neuroscientists and others who tinker with the brain, who now intend to map the brain and its activity down to the last neuron. These scientists don’t care what changes they make in the brain, to render it more “normal and healthy.”
There is, as far as conventional science is concerned, nothing inviolable about the brain.
I’m not talking science fiction. This is the way most neuroscientists, if forced to admit it, see us.
And they are the ones steering the ship of research. They are the ones who will guide the newly announced government Manhattan Project of the brain for the next 10 years. It’s called Brain Activity Map (BAM).
Under the banner of “improved mental health,” BAM looks benign. But it isn’t. It looks like the way to stop the next James Holmes or Adam Lanza, but it isn’t.
It is a far-reaching State program to create The Neurological Society. This is the goal. It now has a major jolt of funding and the blessing/mandate of the federal government.
Think about this. We have a problem posed by the Constitution versus the underlying premises of modern brain science.
On the one hand, we have the founding document which guarantees freedoms. On the other hand, we have the assumptions of science, which cannot affirm the existence of those freedoms.
Well, I can tell you with certainty that the government has just taken a giant step toward Brave New World, and again, this isn’t science fiction. It’s real. BAM is unconstitutional, of course. The notion of the central government using monies to fund a program that will map the brain is so far outside the powers granted to it, it’s absurd.
But why should federal neurological scientists care?
They don’t really believe the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution exist or could exist or might exist. As far as they’re concerned, freedom is a dead issue. It was just a story we told ourselves to feel stronger, better, happier.
Now they have drugs for that. They can change the brain. They will develop new drugs and new electromagnetic strategies for brain alteration. They will develop the ability to remotely observe the brain in much, much greater detail. And from this will spring the means to tweak and change what they observe, on the level of neuronal activity.
Their basis for making those changes will remain obscure, hidden in a welter of technical language. But we know what their fundamental premises will be.
They will involve control of behavior. Parameters will be drawn. Any person whose brain registers activity beyond those boundaries will be judged as a danger, a threat. The threat will be curtailed by limiting and diverting neuronal/synaptic processes.
Thus, good citizens of the State will be created and monitored.
But if soul and spirit and psyche and freedom do exist (and they do), they will be beyond control, since they are non-material.
Thus, efforts at control will have to be more radical and destructive, in order to induce deeper levels of physical stress and glue the consciousness of the individual human being to these artificially created brain states.
And that’s where the gloves come off and the mask comes off. Then we see the real controllers. Far from being sophisticated and subtle and humane guides into our future, they are just the old tyrants in new costumes.
Their major trump card is this. They have, through sheer propaganda, hypnotized a significant percentage of the population into believing that science and research are always good things.
The mere mention of the word “science” is connected with “help.” A better day is coming. More knowledge is always beneficial. People’s needs will be met.
Nowhere is this propaganda more successful than in the arena of medical science.
That is why most people will shrug off the federal brain mapping project as a promising development.
Does it? Does a future, up the road, in which all brains are monitored for “problematic activity” sound like a humanitarian system? Does it suit your personal view of life, soul, spirit, freedom?
Consider this quote from neurologist VS Ramachandran.
Read it carefully:
No, the greater mystery is how a scientist can believe the brain alone is really capable of all these things - the brain that is nothing but atoms in motion.
Here’s another statement from a well-known neuroscientist, David Eagleman:
It might be a numinous experience if it were true. But it isn’t.
The brain, composed of tiny particles, isn’t producing our decision-making or our greatest thoughts. It can’t. There is nothing about atoms that allows for those grand realities.
For the numinous experience, we need spirit, psyche, mind, soul.
And these two neuroscientists I’ve just quoted? They’re the good guys. They’re the people within that community who even try (wrongheadedly) to make something poetic out of the brain.
The overwhelming majority of their colleagues are mechanics, obsessed with tinkering and tweaking and derailing and re-channeling brain activity.
Into their hands, the federal government has just dropped the task of mapping everything that goes on inside our skulls - as a prelude to changing it.
These scientists are, despite their education, Luddites of consciousness. Instead of studying the great works of human history, the art and literature and invention, and trying to grasp our greater non-material faculties, neuroscientists jump to the naked assumption that it all proceeds from the brain.
They believe it must be so. They then dedicate themselves to mapping and charting.
Who is the real threat, the real danger? They are. If any monitoring should be done, it should be of them...
Coda: To take this even further, were we to acknowledge our own non-material aspects, beyond the physical, it would imply that we have capabilities that exceed the so-called normal range.
We would realize that, beneath the surface of our social relationships, beneath this culture, we are concealing powers that not only make us free and independent, but open out into creative vistas where we invent formidable and awesome realities.
This is still largely unexplored territory, and it makes what the neuroscientists are doing look like child’s play in a demented sandbox.
For us to understand what we are actually capable of is the controllers’ worst nightmare.
In a subterranean psychic landscape, this is the crossroads where a prime struggle has been taking place for at least 20,000 years of human civilization.
by Jon Rappoport
February 18, 2013
from JonRappoport Website
First they map your brain. And by you, I mean everybody.
President Obama has just greenlighted a 10-year Manhattan Project for the human brain. I warned it was coming years ago. The new billion-dollar enterprise is called BAM, the Brain Activity Map project.
The fact that DARPA is one of the agencies involved tells you a great deal. DARPA is the cutting-edge military outfit in charge of new technologies for the Armed Forces.
They want to create The Enhanced Soldier and all that that implies. Think “android.”
Behind the front of claims that BAM will create new therapies for mental disorders (for which no defining diagnostic tests even exist), the plan is to forward artificial intelligence (AI), which means creating a computer that works at least as well as the one inside your skull.
This is the technocrats’ wet dream:
In the wake of Sandy Hook, other implications are also clear.
BAM will be used to devise a Minority Report society, in which purported markers of future violence will be utilized to forcibly treat (with toxic drugs), contain, and prevent “predicted criminals” from carrying out fantasies percolating in their subconscious.
Would those fantasies, if left alone, ever rise to the level of action? Irrelevant. Cast a wide net, in the name of Prevention.
Of course, what I’m sketching out here is not happening by next week.
But BAM is a giant step on the road toward this future. It’s far from trivial. The stated goal is the mapping of all neuronal activity in humans. This is science fiction coming alive now.
The American Psychiatric Association and Big Pharma are drooling with anticipation. This is precisely what they’ve been aiming for. Vastly expanded treatment options. More diagnoses. More drugs. More control.
BAM has been on the drawing boards for years. But after Aurora and Sandy Hook, the timing is right.
The sub-text of BAM is:
BAM is the step before reconfiguring the brain, which is the long-term and underlying goal.
These neuroscientists have no interest in the concept of freedom. They left that in the dust decades ago (watch above video.)
For them, the brain is merely a machine that needs a great deal of tweaking, because people are naturally mis-programmed, and corrections must be built into a new and better system.
Of course, “new and better” will pivot on non-scientific value judgments, masked behind masses of techno-speak. And you will have no input into the choice of values. You’re the experimental device; the neuroscientists are the operators.
Everyone who is anyone is on board for this one:
They’ll all wrangle a piece of the pie.
The White House is touting BAM as job-creation as well. Of course they are.
Huxley left that out of Brave New World.
If you’re wondering what the hell the federal government is doing mapping the human brain, you’re back in the Stone Age.
You’re probably interested in, what did they used to call it, oh yes, the Constitution. Excessive interest in that moldy document probably has a correlation with certain brain activity, which can be mapped and charted.
And then you’re on a list:
Yes, it’s a joke. Right now. But we’re not just on the slippery slope. We’ve gone down the hill a few new miles, as of today.
Back when professionally praised scientific lunatics like Dr. Ewen Cameron and Yale’s Jose Delgado declared that the human being had no right to his own intrinsic personality, people thought such a notion was absurd.
But now, the language is far more clever and densely obscure.
It’s quite possible, move by move, to propagandize inhuman research, with government press releases, right into the era of the “brain-adapted” population.
Just as the public has bought into the idea that all mental disorders spring from “chemical imbalances,” despite the fact that no normal level of balance has ever been established, so it will be easy to convince the population that the abnormal brain activity of 100 billion neurons can be measured, categorized, specified, and treated.
It’s science. It must be true. Science marches on. Science is the hand-servant of humanity. Greatest good for the greatest number.
The worshipers at the altar of big government who believe its function is that of a giving god will go along, gladly.
For those of that faith, BAM sounds right, and therefore it must be right. No thinking required.
What about the rest of us? A succinct “don’t touch my brain, you idiot” is a good start. It has a nice ring to it. I’m sure it correlates with quite healthy levels of neuronal activity.
Here’s a prediction. You can take it to the bank. On that day when BAM completes its vaunted mission, our esteemed leaders will manage to exempt themselves from brain scans that might reveal their own dark visions and objectives.
It might even be called The Obama Exception.
If you’re sitting in a pew on the Left and you don’t like that one, try The Bush Exception. Under his brilliant reign, we had the Teen Screen program, a maniacal project to test all children for mental disorders at a young age. It failed, and went out of business.
But BAM has a lot more juice. It aims to go the distance. It has the imprimatur of “hard science.” That’s the venue in which they cook up the biggest lies. The ones with real money behind them..., and real Auschwitz experimenters.