Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized by Jose M. R. Delgado M.D.

By Jose M. R. Delgado M.D.

Actual keep watch over of the brain through direct manipulation of the mind is a singular occasion in human background. during this quantity, Dr. Jose M. R. Delgado describes his pioneering paintings in implanting electrodes within the brains of cats, monkeys, and males. via electric stimulation of particular cerebral constructions, Delgado demonstrates how hobbies could be prompted via radio command, hostility might seem or disappear, social hierarchy will be changed, sexual habit will be replaced, and reminiscence, feelings, and the pondering technique can be inspired through handheld remote control.

The brain isn't any longer unreachable, and should be the topic of experimental investigations. in line with Delgado, we have to reorient the goals of civilization to revive a stability among its actual and mental evolution. Our current mechanized society is dangerously self-perpetuating, and may be "psychocivilized" so as to improve wiser minds, to intelligently keep watch over our outstanding technological advances.

Dr. Delgado believes mankind’s basic goal might be “not the improvement of machines, yet of guy himself.” He writes lucidly approximately his paintings, placing it into the context of what's identified in regards to the brain and the mind, and exploring long-range moral and social implications of his discoveries. regardless of the continuing controversy over his paintings, the result's an exceptionally vital and provocative booklet.

Jose M. R. Delgado was once born in Ronda, Spain, and got his scientific education at Madrid collage, the place he used to be affiliate Professor of body structure until eventually 1950, while he got here to Yale college to paintings with Dr. John Fulton. He turned Professor of body structure at Yale, the place he constructed concepts for electric and chemical stimulation of the mind. He released greater than 2 hundred medical papers, and have become might be the main infamous "mind regulate" researcher within the background of neuro-behavioral examine.

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Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society

Actual keep watch over of the brain through direct manipulation of the mind is a unique occasion in human historical past. during this quantity, Dr. Jose M. R. Delgado describes his pioneering paintings in implanting electrodes within the brains of cats, monkeys, and males. via electric stimulation of particular cerebral constructions, Delgado demonstrates how hobbies will be brought about by way of radio command, hostility might sound or disappear, social hierarchy may be changed, sexual habit can be replaced, and reminiscence, feelings, and the considering method might be motivated through handheld remote control.

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Important questions to resolve are: Do some cerebral structures have the specific role of analyzing determined types of sensations? Is the coding of information at the receptor level essential for the activation of these structures Not too long ago, many scientists would have dismissed as naive the already demonstrated fact that punishment and reward can be induced at will by manipulating the controls of an electrical instrument connected to the brain. Perception of Suffering In textbooks and scientific papers, terms such as "pain receptors," "pain fibers," and "pain pathways" are frequently used, but it should be clarified that peripheral nerves do not carry sensations.

It was possible to find the electrical threshold for a mild anxiety or to increase it to higher levels simply by turning the dial of the stimulator. "One could sit with one's hand on the knob and control the level of her anxiety" (73). In one of our female patients, stimulation of a similar area in the thalamus induced a typical fearful expression and she turned to either side, visually exploring the room behind her. When asked what she was doing, she replied that she felt a threat and thought that something horrible was going to happen.

The experiment was repeated more than 20,000 times with reliable performance (54). Figure 10 Radio stimulation of Ludy in another red nucleus point 3 millimeters away produces only the simple response of yawning. If the monkey was sleeping, brain stimulation was less effective. Many questions were aroused by these experiments. Why was Ludy walking on two feet? Why the chain of behavioral events? Why was she aggressive a few seconds after the end of stimulation? More studies are needed in order to understand these problems, but the fact that similar sequences have been evoked in other monkeys indicates that we are dealing with rather specific mechanisms of intracerebral organization.

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