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One Monkey's Brain Used to Control Another's Actions

Samantha told me about this. This is more her domain than mine, but we can all see what's happening. The wind is rising.

By James Gallagher
Health and science reporter, BBC News

The brain of one monkey has been used to control the movements of another, "avatar", monkey, US scientists report.

Brain scans read the master monkey's mind and were used to electrically stimulate the avatar's spinal cord, resulting in controlled movement.

The team hope the method can be refined to allow paralysed people to regain control of their own body.

The findings, published in Nature Communications, have been described as "a key step forward".

Damage to the spinal cord can stop the flow of information from the brain to the body, leaving people unable to walk or feed themselves.

The researchers are aiming to bridge the damage with machinery.


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bigmikedude's picture

I saw the title and thought this was an article

about congress.


Sounds MK Ultra - like

Michael, read The Hundredth Monkey!

I read this book many years ago.
In the words of Mr. Spock I found it, Fascinating"!

"The Hundredth Monkey"

A story about social change.

By Ken Keyes Jr.

The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years.

In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.

This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes -- the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.


By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!

But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea...Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.

Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.

Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.

But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!

From the book "The Hundredth Monkey" by Ken Keyes, Jr.
The book is not copyrighted and the material may be reproduced in whole or in part.

Exercise Liberty...and free your mind!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

Michael Nystrom's picture

How many do you think we're at now, with all this liberty stuff

97? 98?

I've got that book... Somewhere. Likely in a box in the basement. I don't have enough room here for all of my books.

But I read it, a long, long time ago.

I got it at the Couth Buzzard, a used bookstore that used to be in Seattle. The books were so cheap, and you could trade your old ones in for credit. You used to be able to walk out of that place with a grocery bag full of books for $20. It was my internet, before the internet. I read so many strange and wonderful books from there. Including this one.


Woot! Looks like she's back in business!!!


He's the man.

I would like to think 99 and rising!

It was an even longer time ago for me reading this book!
A good read is timeless and stays with one for a lifetime.

When I was in college, the used bookstores were a central hub of activity.
We thronged to them like steel to a magnet.
Not only a repository but a social gathering place.
There we found education, debate, friendship and some even found love!
It was a meeting place where the exchange of ideas took place.
A place to expand ones horizons and free ones mind.

I have a collection of favorites myself.
Many are older writings. (1800's-early 1900's)
I find the older writers to be much better than the modern counterparts.
The use of language is more eloquent and descriptive than many of today's authors.

Reading is FUNdamental!

Exercise Liberty!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

One thing I like about you Mayor Nystrom

in addition to all of your other super human traits is you are a bibliophile. Me too. One time I took 50% of my collection and donated it to a bookstore in Flagstaff Az, just because it became too humongous of a job to move it around, because I was avoiding buying real estate due to the bubble.

I've spent hundreds of hours in bookstores in years gone past, even getting access to special rooms and seeing old collections, but kind of quit when the www came around. But this past summer, my best purchase was Up From Slavery by George Washington Carver, for fifty cents!

Anyway, hope you keep sharing your books with us.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

jrd3820's picture

You said you got to see some old collections

I was going to specialize in antique/1st edition/special edition books and documents for a while. My life changed courses but I was fortunate to see some amazing collections also and started dabbling in amateur 1st edition collecting for a bit.

I have a Hemingway and Kipling 1st edition, but those are at my sisters house for safe keeping. I just found this really early edition of Treasure Island recently.

It's faded and fragile and old and used. I love the old collections.
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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

I buy every interesting old first edition I find

I look for them at yard sales, thrift shops and of course bookstores. It's not unusual for me to walk into a book store just to look around for a little bit and come out hours later with bags of books, usually after chatting with the owner or worker about any and everything.

Last summer I found a first edition school book from the '30's on Eugenics, not something I endorse or believe in, but hey it was a 1st edition!!!!!!!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

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Thanks Ira

I do indeed love not only books, but bookstores. Can you believe that there is only one bookstore left in Boston? And it is a Barnes & Nobel. Aside from that, there are a few small used stores. Someone told me that in the 90's Harvard Square had over 25 used bookstores! Wow, I would have loved to have seen that. Now there are just a couple.

Hey, since you love bookstores too, here is something for you. I've been meaning to share this for a while. Samantha, my wife found it. It is 20 of the most beautiful bookstores in the world:

I've been to this one, #6 - the Bookworm in Beijing. It is the kind of place you visit once, and then miss for the rest of your life:

That must be some book - Up from Slavery. Wow. What a trip. Books are wonderful, aren't they? To think that Mr. Carver's life experiences are recorded there forever, for us to read, experience and learn from.

Thanks Ira for the kind words.

He's the man.

Thanks for that list of great bookstores

You're a lucky man to have Samantha by your side. (I didn't know you were married, thought she was your girlfriend)

I'm going to make it a point to see some of those bookstores when I travel. My bucket list keeps growing and growing, don't know if I'll ever get to leave this place!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Is this about Cheney and Bush?

That would explain a lot!

MSM monkees have been doing this for 100 years+


This stuff excites me

I believe that this a necessary step in our evolution, with the end goal of complete immortality. I understand your fears, and share them with you. This cuts right to why I believe what I believe... And if people continue to propagate death and shun life, the power of technology will doom all of us for eternity.

Garan's picture

Old World Psychology claims to do the same thing.

Modern science is starting to creep into aspects of old-world psycology, otherwise known as the Occult.

If you can push aside the Hollywood and historic slander of old-world techniques of manipulation and control (usually good, yet sometimes bad) known as the occult (which was/is practiced differently depending upon historical time and region), and forget about the modern version of this (being psychology), you may gain answers and a whole new way of viewing the many frustrations coming from people, job, family, government, etc influencing and at times controlling you.

If you accept that the old world Occult was merely an old world psychology (ignoring areas of Occult writings that are medicinal or go too far off the deep end), then you may appreciate why many of the USA's forefathers (the movers and shakers) claimed to study the Occult/Psychology, and you may appreciate why there is so much of these old methods being used for healing today.

More to the point, if you were to study modern new-age method's of healing and working with the body, and cross-reference with some Occult practices, you would see that people have claimed to 'operate' others.

From my view, this type of activity is much more common today than people realize. The fundamentals are actually part of our nature, as modern psychology claims, and as old-world psychology claims.

Don't be afraid. Be informed.

Well said. Ironically,

Well said. Ironically, Hollywood has effectively used real magic (Using archetypal symbols and info to create a reality and state of consciousness for the masses) to in part create a perception of magic as a funny, waive a magic wand and have sprinkles come out while green witches laugh and ride around on broomsticks perception. These stereotypes are spells in themselves in that whenever we think of magic, our conscious mind digs through our memory bank of images and finally comes up with the answer that its all fairy tale make believe cartoons.

Even spell work from traditional witchcraft is really psychology and manipulation of your own sub conscious. By creating a sigil for your minds eye to hold on to, you create meaning and use that for a goal such as self healing or breaking a bad habit. An example of this is a spell to quit smoking. You will create a sigil or symbol of say a cigarrete with an 'x' over it. Then every morning you look at the symbol and put a little rock in a bucket while imagining your addiction being attached to that rock and leaving you. Keep a copy of the sigil in your pocket then whenever you have a craving you look at it and your subconscious will revert back to the addiction rock leaving you and being cast away and will strengthen your resolve.

As human beings we share a super-conscious in the same way geese do in a flock and move about as one ie the 100th monkey. Ours is more evolved and reinforced by cultural symbols. When these symbols are changed and manipulated we can be more easily controlled as a society as a whole. A prime example of this is making kids pledge allegiance to the sigil of the American flag and then when every politician wears a little flag pin it acts as a spell as our subconscious sees the sigil and knows to trust and believe in it.

Sitcoms are another example of this. The reason we have them is because the show covers most all of normal human interaction. When we real people find ourselves in similar situations, our mind again digs through its memory to find similar instances for how to react and finally comes up with a scene from 'Friends' etc. then we mimic what we saw. By making these shows funny and emotionally charged, our rational brain takes a backseat allowing these new thought forms to embed themselves directly into our psyche.

I found the best way to combat this brainwashing is to think about what influences your decisions. When you drive by McDonalds or see a Coke vending machine and want one, ask yourself "Why do I want this?" and let your minds eye reflect on the motivation which will usually recall an ad with attractive people with friends etc. The sigil of the brand logo is attached to the experience of having a good time with friends. Only then will you see the mechanics behind the magic spells and be able to combat it.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Garan's picture

Tip of the Iceberg

Thanks for the reply.

I haven't spent much time studying the mechanics of spells and such.

I've only recently gained enough insight to say what I said.
I could go on and on, yet there is more research to do.

I am surprise that with all the 'conspiracy' theorists on the DailyPaul, it doesn't seem that many (if any) of them have shared (or apparently researched) the practical aspects of the Occult. They just decorate the word in darkness. They really need to see what it is/was really about.

Some of it can be scary stuff, yet the parts that are easily acceptable in our modern context can be very valuable to gaining an understanding of the external power and influence against oneself, and whether one should accept it or not.

Another perspective I've been entertaining is old-world upper-class speech verses common speech.

I am starting to believe that the upper-class speech that sounds funny to us now (eg: "..might I venture to inquire the nature of..") is a way of respecting an individuals consciousness through minimizing the subtle controlling effects of everyday speech.

Conversely, today, many of us speak as if the only way to communicate is to demand/command things from each other (eg: "Tell me your name.").
I wonder if that is a side effect of actually being commanded and controlled in too many aspects of modern life (job & government & family interactions).

As I start to practice a way of being where I account for the influence of whatever people say or do towards me, I start to sound like these old-world upper-class people.

So, from my perspective, common modern speech is intrusive.
It's no wonder there is so much wrong, when the wrong is pervasive.

I agree with you on the

I agree with you on the Occult aspect. I suspect one of the reasons is some of the people are of the Christian faith and generally shy away from looking into those things per the Bible. Personally, I believe that is a mistake and we all should be researching Occult practices not so we can necessarily use them but to better understand and guard against the tactics of the elite. Like it or now we are constantly bombarded with their spells and we must gain the knowledge and wisdom to counter the influence in order to be free.

The speech thing is interesting, I think it stems from a number of factors such as media influence as well as our texting habit that is geared toward short, direct sentences with no eloquence. I will have to find it but there is a great lecture on youtube that discusses exactly what your are saying and how our modern slang is hurting our consciousness. The Lord of the Rings book has many passages that deal with the subject as well and the movies even give a small nod to it when Aragorn says, "Do not let him speak, for he may put a spell on us."

One of my favorite authors on traditional witchcraft is Raven Grimassi. He is an excellent researcher and really breaks down the mechanics behind both the spiritual and practical applications of sigils etc.

I would start with these books-

This is more of a light read with good info:

Spirit of the Witch: Religion & Spirituality in Contemporary Witchcraft


This is if you want to dive headlong into the history and mechanics of everything although it can be pretty dry:

The Witches' Craft: The Roots of Witchcraft & Magical Transformation


Here is one of my favorite lectures on marketing using sigils against us as well, it is long but extremely informative:

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Garan's picture

Thank You, I Will Take a Closer Look


Garan's picture

Whew! From the title, I thought you were talking about Obama.

..and I think it would be bad form to call Obama a monkey, even if you hate his actions.

I'm relieved.

jrd3820's picture

When I read this title I figured it was either you or Chris

You with something serious or Chris with an Onion video.

"Whilst the control of limbs is sophisticated, it is still rather crude overall, plus of course in an able-bodied person their own control over their limbs remains anyway, so no-one is going to control anyone else's body against their wishes any time soon."

SOON. But probably someday.

Instead, he said this was "very important research" with "profound" implications "especially for controlling limbs in spinal cord injury, or controlling prosthetic limbs with limb amputees".

People who like to play God usually think their work is very important and profound.

I've never seen Avatar so I didn't understand that reference in the article, but does Kurzweil have anything to do with this?

Well I suppose this could help some people in some cases, but it seems again to me that this kind of technology will eventually do more harm than good.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

[insert obligatory democratic congress joke here]

and here's that Onion video you were expecting:


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I am dusk icon. anagram me.

Garan's picture

It will probably only do harm if..

It will probably only do harm if the technology becomes limited in the name of national security.

Most technologies can be used for good or bad.

In my view, most of the bad comes into play when the technology is deemed to be a potential weapon, then used by our government as a weapon, and all good uses being blocked by preventative legal constructions (patents, laws,..).

I view national secrets as a major source of fundamental and primary problems with our federal government.

I guess I'm ranting now, so I better stop.

Yes, too much technology (I would say a mind-blowing amount) is put to bad use.
Also, too much good technology is locked-up and prevented from use.

jrd3820's picture

I'm going to think about that and get back to you soon


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss