The Mystery Of God & The Brain

As science has steadily undermined the long-held beliefs of religion, almost all that remains for people of faith is to say that God is and will forever be a mystery. Insofar as Einstein was religious, he possessed a feeling of awe and wonder at the mystery of the universe. But science hasn’t stopped chipping away at mystery, promising to reduce spiritual experience to measurable brain activity. It’s doubtful that belief in God, the soul, heaven and hell, and other tenets of faith will be drastically affected – polls continue to show that these things remain articles of belief for around 80-90% of responders. Will neuroscience eventually be able to locate God in our neurons, and if so, should that tiny area of the brain be excised or boosted? No doubt there are arguments on both sides, depending on whether you hold that God has been good for the human […] Read More

1996: Brain Transmitters

What They Are and How They Are Used Mediaeko Investigative Reporting Group 1996 Reprint Radio Implants and Remote-Controlled Humans Doctors in Sweden began placing brain transmitters in the heads of anesthetized patients without the persons’ knowledge in about 1960. The insertion was conducted through the nostrils and took only a couple of minutes to perform.           Implanted devices can remain in a person’s head for life. The energy to activate the implants is transmitted by way of radio waves. Professor José Delgado wrote about the technology in Physical Control of the Mind in 1969. The Technology and Its Possibilities           Brain transmitters have been thought to be impossible by the majority of people and have been relegated to science fiction. The fact is that scientists developed the technology into reality at least forty years ago.           By means of two-way radio communication called telemetry, or remote control, one can […] Read More

2000: The Triune Brain

The neurologist Paul MacLean has proposed that our skull holds not one brain, but three, each representing a distinct evolutionary stratum that has formed upon the older layer before it, like an archaeological site: He calls it the “triune brain.” MacLean, now the director of the Laboratory of Brain Evolution and Behaviour in Poolesville, Maryland, says that three brains operate like “three interconnected biological computers, [each] with its own special intelligence, its own subjectivity, its own sense of time and space and its own memory”. He refers to these three brains as the neocortex or neo-mammalian brain, the limbic or paleo-mammalian system, and the reptilian brain, the brainstem and cerebellum (see above diagram). Each of the three brains is connected by nerves to the other two, but each seems to operate as its own brain system with distinct capacities. This hypothesis has become a very influential paradigm, which has […] Read More

2011: Watch your computer! It may be haunted!

Watch your computer! It may be haunted! Nearly all industry relies on computers of some sort to do their work. The computer is a revolution – if you want to get somewhere in life, get a computer! Everyone is using them now, – even Ghosts, it would seem. In May 1988 Alice, a cleaner working in an architect’s office, was about to start her shift when she noticed one of the staff computers had been left switched on. She didn’t know much herself about computers but knew it was on from the flickering screen. She stepped closer to the flickering screen but realized it wasn’t part of her job and if she switched it off, she may get in trouble as unsaved information might be on there. The next night she noticed that the same computer still with the same flickering screen was on again, but still ignored it. […] Read More