Subliminal Communication Technology Part 7

Shevrin, in his remarks about needing both legislation and regulation to govern the use of subliminals, also throws in a comment that kind of flies in the face of the earlier testimonies regarding potential harm:

…there is no way of knowing to be sure that a subliminal message piped through the Muzak or any other method may indeed not have a harmful effect, especially if it hits a person in the midst of some conflict of which he may for example not be fully aware.

No one will know what the effects are least of all the person so affected.

He gives the example of the person considering shoplifting who does not do so may be adversely affected in unpredictable ways due to the emotional conflict.

He concludes his prepared statement thusly:

I took note of the fact today, I believe today is the anniversary of the dropping of the first bomb on Hiroshima which I visited not too long ago actually, and, well, there was a series of scientific discoveries into the nature of the atom which resulted in that first bomb being dropped and we still are trying to get that horrifying genie back into the bottle.

And I don’t wish to exaggerate this but I think that the success with which brain research as I have tried to describe it to you today is meeting even in its infancy that there may be another genie in the bottle we better be careful about letting out.

Quasi random note, but I think it bears mentioning that this stuff, with much early researched in the 50s, predates the public demonstrations of for example voice-to-skull in the 1970s, though the Frey effect was discovered earlier.

The point, it is possible that brainwashing and hypnosis were responsible for, for example, Sirhan Sirhan as shooter and Lee Harvey Oswald as one shooter/patsy. Those things do not appear to be at all outside the possible nor the probable. Note the recent article on hypnosis perhaps being responsible for the former’s trigger, a particular clothing pattern found on a dress.

There has been also, in just about every single case (those two plus Norway, Red Hook, and Holmes) the report of witnesses that there were additional shooters. I don’t know, but it would make sense that if success were highly desirable, not to leave it up to one person driven mad by conditioning. Generally speaking, the mentally infirm don’t tend to be violent and those that are work from the disadvantage of being insane.

Shevrin’s prepared written statement follows and largely matches up with his verbally presented ten minutes with additional notes. Perhaps confirming my point in the previous paragraph, Shevrin first points out the relative newness of using subliminals in psychological treatment (that is, the evidence supports what he is about to say but it may be wrong, there is some disagreement among researchers). Then he goes on to describe what the relative limitations and power of the process may be:

… Some investigators believe that a subliminal stimulus can only influence an already ongoing psychological process but is too weak to initiate a process itself. There is much evidence to support this contention. … Some recent research, for example, suggests that lengthy [visual] verbal messages often used in such [weight loss, quit smoking, etc.] studies have complex and confounded subliminal effects. A lengthy [visual] message extends across the entire visual field so that part of the message goes to the right brain and part to the left brain. … The right brain cannot combine words into sentences; it can only register individual words. If these findings are correct, it would mean that the part of a lengthy message which goes to the right brain cannot be understood as intended.

It would seem to follow that giving complex instructions then might be problematic, at least when given visually. But as long as they put hand to weapon and pull a trigger, the professional assassin has cover, a scapegoat, a patsy.

Note that where spying on current and former clients is concerned, that was also what I think to be the case. Real spies and/or advanced surveillance technology got cover by having me unwittingly in place should anything have gone awry.

Of course, we are talking about thirty year old techniques here. The improvements, the addition of ultrasound to the arsenal, means more may be possible.

Shevrin’s written statement about unforeseen results is a bit more detailed. He mentions that if the store theft deterrent audio works (he doesn’t actually believe they do, lack of data), then it would have all sorts of unpredicatable negative effects due to the effectiveness of subliminals being such an individual, specific thing. Someone who fantasizes about stealing but never actually does so might get something like a guilt complex he seems to be saying. This in turn may do harm to an innocent person and therefore he suggests Congress take a hard look at these kinds of potential adverse effects and also the morality of telling people to do things without their conscious knowledge.

Then he continues on with the idea of a better lie detector via measuring brainwaves instead of heart rate, etc.

He sums up again with: 1) more research, 2) legislation against commercial exploitation and manipulation, 3) a moratorium on approval of new commercial items until the research and legislation catch up as well as the creation of a foundation to help.

Lloyd Silverman speaks next.

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