Archive for November, 2010

The Plane Truth About Airline Meals”

Just what do airline meals have to do with hypnosis or mind control?

Well, as it turns out, a new study shows signs that sound can influence how we taste foods. Certain sounds can deaden the taste of salt and sugar, rendering foods bland and, well, tasteless. Such sounds as the everpresent background noise found in airplanes.

The inexplicable blandness of airline food has been pondered at 30,000 feet by generations of travellers. Now an explanation has been offered in the form of research showing that people lose their sense of taste when listening to the sort of “white noise” heard inside an aircraft’s cabin.

The findings could explain a phenomenon well known to airline companies: passengers tend to lose their sense of taste when they are in the air. For this reason, airline meals are often “improved” with extra salt, sugar and other flavourings.

This leads to an interesting set of questions: can tastes be not only depressed but improved or changed because of sounds? (It could make an interesting dieting aid, a specifically designed sound or sounds played while eating to control appetite, and that would be a more benign form of mind control.)

The scientists found that certain sounds not only affected people’s sense of saltiness or sweetness, they also influenced how crunchy some types of food sounded to the diners – which in turn affected their perceptions of freshness and palatability.

A further part of the study showed that people listening to sounds they deemed to be pleasant were also more likely to say that their food was tastier, which may explain why many restaurants play ambient background music.

This section suggests that by controlling the sounds and music of the environment, restaurants influence not only the enjoyment of the food but even influence how the food is perceived, whether it is fresh and flavorful. That’s certainly a form of subtle mind control, manipulating and controlling the perceptions of the people eating the food as opposed to allowing them to determine for themselves those questions, and while it may be to improve their enjoyment of the meal, it can also be used to cover up inferior food.

So I guess the statement here should be “Let the eater beware.”

Thanks to Derren Brown’s blog entry for the pointer to the original story here.

Creature Comforts’ — “X‑Men: To Serve and Protect” #1

Its a battle of the mind controllers: in one corner, Emma Frost, the White Queen, one of the strongest telepaths on the planet; in the other corner, the Mandrill, whose enhanced pheromone power turns any female into his adoring servant. But in any such contest, the odds favor the smartest, and the Mandrill was never known for being very bright.

Description: Emma Frost was pampering herself at a prestigious day spa in San Francisco when a ruckus outside draws her attention and her ire at being interrupted. It seems the Mandrill was using his mind control pheromones to command all of the women customers at the spa to hand over all of their cash and valuables. Not that Emma has any concern for her fellow women, but she was annoyed at having her time interrupted and at the posturing pompousness of the Mandrill. Since her secondary mutation allows her to transform into a diamond-hard form that doesn’t need to breathe, the Mandrill’s pheromones have no effect on her. But his mind is like an open book to her, albeit she likens reading it to “bathing in excrement”, and that, for the poor Mandrill is just how she punishes him, by manipulating his mind. And then goes back to her spa session.

Commentary: Emma Frost never really got over being the imperious White Queen from back in the days of the Hellfire Club: she’s still haughty, bitchy, contemptuous and smugly superior, although she does reserve her worst for those who she thinks deserve it, in this case, the Mandrill.

Legalisms: The White Queen, Emma Frost, the Mandrill and their representations are copyrights, trademarks and registered trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc.

Eight O’Clock in the Morning’ by Ray Nelson

Aliens that only one person can see, as the rest of humanity is under a hypnotic illusion of normalcy. Aliens with hypnotic powers. Aliens who see humanity as only a food source.

Its a common enough story line. ‘Eight O’Clock in the Morning’ by Ray Nelson is a very short tale of one man who is awakened from the alien’s trance and what he does to counter them.

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Why the Media Almost Never Gets Hypnosis Right”

Stereotypes about hypnosis abound in the media: for example, how, under hypnosis, you can be made to do whatever the hypnotist directs; how the hypnotized subject has no free will or ability to resist the hypnotist; how people can be hypnotized without their knowledge and against their will. The stereotypical mental images, too, abound, both about the hypnotist and the subject: the irresistible hypnotist, whose eyes people avoid because they don’t want to look into them and be instantly hypnotized1; the sinister criminal (usually male) hypnotist who manipulates their subjects for criminal purposes2; the sensual hypnotist (usually female) who manipulates their subjects for sexual purposes3; the incompetent hypnotist who gives the wrong suggestions at the wrong time4; the unsuspecting subject5; the weak-willed subject who can’t resist the hypnotist6; the ditzy subject who can’t follow any suggestions correctly7; the mistakenly-hypnotized subject who complies with a post-hypnotic suggestion at the most inappropriate time8. Even the stereotypical visual images abound: swirling spirals, especially in the eyes of the entranced subject; swinging watches or sparkling crystals; blank, staring eyes (especially in animé where the eyes become completely flat disks) and even blanker voices; people sleepwalking with their arms outstretched.

Any practicing hypnotist or even someone just acquainted with the subject will say that these are exactly what they’re described to be: stereotypes, no more real than any other stereotype. So then, why do they keep appearing, over and over in the media? Hasn’t the hypnosis community been trying to change these stereotypes for at least sixty years, if not longer? What is causing these stereotypes to remain among the public consciousness?

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Pomegranites Full and Fine” by Don Bassingthwaite

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Set in the Toronto of White Wolf’s original “World of Darkness” game campaign world, this novel is of two women, one struggling to forget her violent past and one trying to escape her violent present. The fact that the first, Tango, is a Faerie Changeling who is pressed into searching for her kidnapped friend ( and fellow Changeling ) Riley while the second, Miranda, is a Sabbat Vampire involved with a Satanic cult leader complicates things.

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