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“10 Things an Electromagnetic Field Can Do to Your Brain” — Io9

Not real­ly any­thing about hyp­no­sis but cer­tain­ly verg­ing into areas of out­right mind con­trol, this arti­cle in the Io9 web­site is a bit light but still at least inter­est­ing read­ing and maybe a lit­tle thought-pro­vok­ing. The arti­cle lists ten dif­fer­ent ways elec­tro-mag­net­ic fields can affect brain func­tion­al­i­ty, usu­al­ly to the detri­ment of the per­son affect­ed. These ways are: 

10. Shred its DNA

9. Stim­u­late its Growth

8. Train you off food and water

7. Make you spin in circles

6. Paci­fy you completely

5. Alter your morality

4. Take out your pow­er of speech but leave your abil­i­ty to sing

3. Induce pan­ic, dis­ori­en­ta­tion, and deep fear

2. Cause Seizures and Death

1. Make you see ghosts

Sound far-fetched? In real­i­ty, research is already under­way in ways to make use of elec­tro-mag­net­ic fields (and sim­i­lar ener­gy pro­jec­tion meth­ods) in com­bat or crowd con­trol sit­u­a­tions. There is already in use a high-fre­quen­cy, high deci­bel sound pro­jec­tor that has been in use for crowd con­trol sit­u­a­tions in recent years. Not to men­tion the alleged secret gov­ern­ment exper­i­ments into sim­i­lar mind con­trol­ling devices in the past. 

Now can this be applied to hyp­no­sis? Well, hyp­no­sis is a com­pli­cat­ed state but one that is def­i­nite­ly affect­ed by the men­tal state of the sub­ject. Could the brain be so stim­u­lat­ed through elec­tro-mag­net­ic fields that can induce a trance-like state that can be used to effect a hyp­not­ic state? Giv­en that sev­er­al MRI stud­ies have shown which parts of the brain are in oper­a­tion dur­ing hyp­no­sis (stud­ies which show that the brain in sleep uses dif­fer­ent areas, demon­strat­ing that hyp­no­sis is not a form of sleep) these areas could be tar­get­ed for stim­u­la­tion in induce that effect. 

Of course, the arti­cle here needs to be treat­ed with a cer­tain lev­el of skep­ti­cism, but the idea is worth keep­ing in mind.

Banned Books Week — 2011

Sep­tem­ber 24th through Octo­ber 1st has been des­ig­nat­ed “Banned Books Week” by the Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Book­sellers Foun­da­tion for Free­dom of Expres­sion. Every year, ever since 1982, these two orga­ni­za­tions pub­lish a list of the books that account for the most attempts to some­how ban or restrict them the pre­vi­ous year. 

Now, the ques­tion is, why is that some­thing this blog should care about? 

Well, for one thing, as a writer, it behooves me to defend my fel­low writ­ers from this assault not only on their own liveli­hoods but also against the major­i­ty who either don’t care or even sup­port the ideas and issues exem­pli­fied in the books a few want banned. I feel it is a writer’s job (and any oth­er cre­ative per­son) to explore ideas that some peo­ple want kept hid­den. This is more than just pro­fes­sion­al, its per­son­al: I know many peo­ple in the writ­ing and cre­ative field (this applies not just to books but also to comics, movies, TV shows, you name it) and this affects them, as well. 

But more impor­tant­ly, what is involved is the restric­tion of the flow of infor­ma­tion, which is a major con­cern of mine and one of the rea­sons for writ­ing this blog. 

And last­ly, it is because of the sub­ject of this blog. By and large, such banned books are often occult relat­ed, whether fic­tion­al (“Twi­light”) or fac­tu­al, and in some loca­tions, even the actu­al sub­ject of the blog, hyp­no­sis, what with the stereo­types involved, is a sub­ject of the supernatural. 

And the above does­n’t even account the “unof­fi­cial” ban­ning that takes place when peo­ple check out books from the library with the intent of destroy­ing them or sim­ply keep­ing them. 

If should be not­ed that one of the peren­ni­al banned books is “Brave New World” by Aldous Hux­ley, which is about a dystopi­an future where the pop­u­la­tion is, among oth­er things, con­di­tioned from the womb into their des­ig­nat­ed roles in life. 

So: read a banned book this week! If may even some­thing from the Collection. 


Update:

The fol­low­ing books are from the 2010 list of most fre­quent­ly chal­lenged books in the Unit­ed States, accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion:

1) And Tan­go Makes Three, by Peter Par­nell and Justin Richardson 

2) The Absolute­ly True Diary of a Part-Time Indi­an, by Sher­man Alexie 

3) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 

4) Crank, by Ellen Hopkins 

5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins 

6) Lush, by Natasha Friend 

7) What My Moth­er Does­n’t Know, by Sonya Sones 

8) Nick­el and Dimed, by Bar­bara Ehrenreich 

9) Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Voic­es, edit­ed by Amy Sonnie 

10) Twi­light, by Stephe­nie Meyer 


Banned Books Week is spon­sored by the Amer­i­can Book­sellers Asso­ci­a­tion; Amer­i­can Book­sellers Foun­da­tion for Free Expres­sion; the Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion; Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Jour­nal­ists and Authors; Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Pub­lish­ers; the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­lege Stores; the Com­ic Book Legal Defense Fund; Nation­al Coali­tion Against Cen­sor­ship; Nation­al Coun­cil of Teach­ers of Eng­lish; and PEN Amer­i­can Cen­ter.

“Out of Control” Hypnotist? Or Maybe Just a Case of Mass Hysteria

It was just anoth­er show for stage hyp­no­tist Miller Zam­bra­no Posa­da. Sev­er­al high school stu­dents were on stage, respond­ing to his sug­ges­tions just as oth­ers had in the past.

But once it was over and the audi­ence start­ed leav­ing, then it hap­pened. In what appears to be a case of mass hys­te­ria, over 40 of the stu­dents began act­ing odd­ly. First a few, then sev­er­al, then many of the stu­dents start­ed dis­play­ing abnor­mal reac­tions. They were all tak­en to a hos­pi­tal and all are report­ed to be okay. The hyp­no­tist him­self was tak­en into police cus­tody as par­ents accused him of witchcraft.

With very lit­tle to go on, its hard to come to any oth­er con­clu­sion than this being a case of mass hys­te­ria. It is known that only one of the stu­dents affect­ed were ever on stage. It does also demon­strate the pow­er of hys­te­ria as it devel­oped from just one per­son to a whole groyup. What I find inter­est­ing is the break­down: out of the 41 stu­dents, only 5 were boys while 36 were girls. The arti­cle does­n’t say which was the one who was actu­al­ly on stage but the odds are very much in favor of it being a girl.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly this sort of thing (and the report­ing that accom­pa­nied it) just fur­thers the stereo­types involved. Fur­ther­more, the stereo­types here, where the hyp­no­tist was accused of “Witch­craft”, are even worse than most here in the Us.

Ref­er­ence:

Principal Under Fire for Hypnotizing Students

A Flori­da high school prin­ci­pal is under fire for hyp­no­tiz­ing sev­er­al of his stu­dents. The actions came to light after one of his stu­dents com­mit­ted sui­cide, although there is no proof of the con­nec­tion between hyp­no­sis and the sui­cide oth­er than cer­tain deroga­to­ry ele­ments of the pub­lic stereo­type of hypnosis.

The prin­ci­pal, Dr. George Ken­ney, from the news reports, is no ama­teur regard­ing hyp­no­sis: he wrote four books on using hyp­no­sis for var­i­ous stu­dent-relat­ed prob­lems includ­ing test anx­i­ety and sports per­for­mance, and on at least two report­ed occa­sions hyp­no­tized stu­dents with their par­ents’ con­sent. Ken­ney’s cre­den­tials seem very legit­i­mate, as he learned hyp­no­sis at the Omni Hyp­no­sis Train­ing Cen­ter in DeLand, Fla.

Still, the con­tro­ver­sy fuels the pub­lic mis­con­cep­tions of hyp­no­sis in a large­ly neg­a­tive way, and thus the sub­ject itself is a vic­tim, as well.

Com­men­tary:

First off, while he may have done so for the most inno­cent of rea­sons and pur­pos­es, still the per­cep­tion remains that he may (and I repeat may) have done so on minors espe­cial­ly with­out the per­mis­sion of their par­ents or guardians. In many juris­dic­tions, that is ille­gal and could very well even be termed crim­i­nal assault. That said, accord­ing to the news reports, in the case of the stu­dent who com­mit­ted sui­cide, his par­ents did give the prin­ci­pal per­mis­sion, to help the stu­dent deal with test anx­i­ety. He is under police inves­ti­ga­tion based on a 1961 law that pro­hibits the prac­tice of ther­a­peu­tic hyp­no­sis by lay hyp­no­tists with­out the super­vi­sion of a med­ical pro­fes­sion­al. Ken­ney faces a sec­ond-degree mis­de­meanor pun­ish­able by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted.

Sec­ond­ly, he did so despite the explic­it injunc­tion by the school board against such actions. Why the board made such a move, and that it is report­ed that Dr. Ken­ney lied about such actions, does not bode well for him and the sub­ject of hyp­no­sis in general.

How­ev­er, what I find slight­ly trou­bling is the 50-year old law against lay hyp­no­sis which does not acknowl­edge the present state of hyp­no­sis as it is prac­ticed today. I also have to won­der how often such a law has been applied in recent years.

Ref­er­ences:

Hypnotist Teaches Lapdancers How to Hypnotize Their Audience

Look into my thighs… not around the thighs

Hypnotist teaches lapdancers

As report­ed in The Sun, a hyp­no­tist in Eng­land is teach­ing dancers some ele­men­tary hyp­not­ic tech­niques to help them get more mon­ey out of their patrons.

A HYPNOTIST is helping lapdancers lure men into spending more money on their sexy shows.

Enter­tain­er Grant Saun­ders was called in by club boss Jason Armitage as tak­ings slumped in the recession.

Grant, 34, said: “They will use a tech­nique called anchor­ing. The man’s sub­con­scious mind becomes open to sug­ges­tion as a dancer speaks to him and gives him a lit­tle touch on the shoul­der or the knee.

But no one will be put in a trance, in the style of Lit­tle Britain hyp­no­tist Ken­ny Craig — played by Matt Lucas — who used the line: “Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, not around the eyes.”

Com­men­tary: The Sun is Britain’s answer to the New York Post, both being rather sala­cious news orga­ni­za­tions with a focus on the sen­sa­tion­al. Here, the sen­sa­tion­al involves the sex­u­al and dom­i­na­tion stereo­type sur­round­ing hyp­no­sis and exot­ic dancers using that stereo­type, at least the blar­ing head­line: one might be led to think of dancers using mys­te­ri­ous hyp­not­ic tech­niques in their dances to entrance and enthrall their audi­ence into show­er­ing them with money.

How­ev­er, the accom­pa­ny­ing arti­cle itself is pret­ty straight­for­ward about the tech­nique (anchor­ing) used and its appli­ca­tion, a well-known tech­nique for hyp­no­tists and in the arse­nal of ‘seduc­tion mas­ters’ and hyp­not­ic ‘pick-up’ artists.

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