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What’s on miles’ mind: “BRAINHACK”

By Miles Jaye

Recently a hacking gang by the name of Darkside hacked the Colonial fuel distribution system creating a panic and a weeklong fuel shortage on the East Coast. Darkside won a $5 million ransom for restoring the system.

Think of hacking as the unauthorized accessing or seizing of a digital operating system or network. It’s hijacking someone else’s computer system. Imagine you’re on your computer, attempting to access word processing but for some reason you can’t.

Someone else is typing a message to you. “We’ve taken control of your computer and shut you out. Nice bank account, nice pictures, nice contact list.” It’s scary stuff! Hacking is the primary tool or weapon of what’s now referred to as Cyberterrorism.

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Hacking can begin as innocently as misusing Napster’s music sharing platform and making free long-distance phone calls, to crossing the line to identity theft by charging purchases to a stranger’s credit card, i.e. ordering pizzas.

More ominous uses of hacking pose quite a serious threat to government agencies, military, as well as global corporations and monetary systems. Technically, the Cyberterrorist is capable of taking control of a nation’s banking, telecommunications and infrastructure, leaving essential means of daily living hamstrung. Imagine the C.I.A., F.B.I., D.E.A., N.S.A. D.I.A., NASA, and the Federal Reserve hacked.

The brainhack I’m referring to is much more insidious than even a cyberterrorist could concoct. It’s the modern-day genocide — 21st century eugenics. The brainhack would allow me to render an entire population threatless to anyone but them- selves.

First, a bit about the brain. Most of us are familiar with the left and right hemispheres of the brain and their functions. What are somewhat less familiar are the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the amygdala, and the cerebellum. These three components of the beloved human brain perform or control specific functions or behaviors– processing, analysis, cognition, recognition, memory, happiness, sadness, etc.

In the 1900’s the frontal lobe region of the brain, found to be responsible for moods and behavior, such as depression, anxiety, and violence, was commonly treated with a procedure called the lobotomy, or psychosurgery– the early brainhack. This was at a time when mental illness was misunderstood and barbaric; controversial treatments such as electric shock and the frontal lobotomy were common.

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The amygdala is associated with emotions such as fear and aggression. Cerebellum is associated with language, attention and focus, and motor skills or movement. These three regions of the brain develop at different rates, thus, the stages of human development, the most compel- ling of which for the purpose of this brainhacking exercise is adolescence.

If I can successfully brainhack this group by freezing their development into a terminal state of puberty, ages 13 to 23, I can not only predict, but control their behavior. I can render them intellectually and psychologically disoriented and emotionally and spiritually empty– devoid of self-awareness and any viable or potent life force. The brain- hack– a mass lobotomy!

Some characteristics of adolescence may be familiar to you. A negative sense of identity, a lack of impulse control, defensiveness, argumentative, isolated, self-absorbed, and prone to violence. Statistics show that 1 in 5 adolescents suffer major depression episodes and 1 in 6 contemplate suicide, at least once. Sound familiar? Have we been brainhacked?

That’s what’s on my mind.

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