Friday, May 6, 2011

The Cybernetic Theory

In previous posts, I have looked at how alien races have likely already undergone their own Singularity, melding their given organic forms with cybernetics.  Nikki Olson wrote a very fine piece on this as well.

In other previous posts, I have looked at explanations for aerial and "visitation" phenomena that are alternative to what is known as "the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis."

I have now come across an article that deftly blends aspects of those two genres together into an entirely new hypothesis that I will call, for serious lack of a better phrase, "the Cybernetic Hypothesis."  

A writer named Al Pinto published an article called "Cybernetics and UFOs" on Phantasypublishing, a site I came across quite by accident.  It's a well-researched and well thought out piece that is done with a refreshing and healthy dose of humility.  Pinto stresses time and again that he is in merely the formative stages of his hypothesis and that what he is writing includes much speculation.  I'm fine with that.  That's how the thinking process for new ideas gets started.
So what is the theory here?  I suppose the upshot would be, "They're here, but they're not from outer space.  Other people are messing with us."
First, a bit of quick background on a few of the concepts.  If you've read my earlier Singularity posts, you know that the term "cybernetics" covers a wide field.  It can mean replacing parts of the human body with technological devices or augmenting the body to create an enhanced organism all the way up to total body prosthesis.  There is also the notion of ESB, Electronic Stimulation of the Brain, electrical implants that are designed to boost or otherwise enhance brain operation.
But Pinto points out that there are other potential capabilities for ESB, ones that are more nefarious.  Implants could be used to control an individual.  I've already blogged about "pacemakers for the brain," devices that help regulate serotonin and dopamine levels in the brains of depressives.  Your emotions could therefore be easily controlled if such a device could be operated via remote.  Pinto cites research at Yale University where lab animals were given brain implants (no doubt a grisly spectacle to witness) and had their behavior controlled.  It's not a far leap from there to think that physical actions themselves could be controlled.  People are already directing wheelchairs and other devices with mere thoughts.
Curious, as Pinto notes, that so many purported alien abductees claim to have had implants placed in various regions of their bodies.  Among these claimed locations is the brain.  With a cybernetic implant in place, the abductee's memory and perception could easily be changed to suggests aliens were the culprits and not ordinary humans.
Why oh why, then, would people be going around kidnapping others and implanting cybernetics into their heads?  Again, it comes back to control.  In theory, anyway.  These may be test subjects in an effort to see if cybernetic brain control works and if all people born from hear on out should have implants in their heads.  This would make for a docile, easily controlled populace.
While I'm very appreciative of Pinto's creative thinking with the theory, here's where I run into a bit of hesitation.  Things at this point begin to carry a bit of the bouquet of David Icke and NWO threats.  Plus, it also comes dangerously close to perpetuating unfounded fears about the Singularity and transhumanism.  But I really need to emphasize that Al Pinto maintains throughout his piece that he is only speculating and is still in the process of gathering research data.  

So no cause for alarm just yet, but I'm eager to see where Al takes this.

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