When Humanity Views Censorship as Damage and Routes Around It (and epic weird science continues: gamma rays and telepathic sleep hacking)

A fascinating point from a China-facing marketing firm. When people in China want to say things the government forbids, they do it without words. The evolutionary pressure of text-based censorship has caused their understanding of alternative media to evolve, to the point where it becomes its own language. It used to be only advertising designers understood the ability of visual media to carry rich narrative messages.* Now millions do, because it’s the only way to say “censorship sucks.”

Weird science

Sleep hacking with gamma rays and their absence:
The business of dowsing-for-gamma-radiation has raised a potential lifehacking tool. Apparently bees react very strongly to the just-above-background-level hard gamma radiation that it’s believed dowsers detect. Placed in an area where this phenomena exists, they react by becoming agitated and depositing a mixture of wax and propolis in their nests. (It’s worth noting that while many plants avoid such areas, other plants seem to seek them out)

Since these regions are also linked to sleep disturbances (a phenomena verified by several researchers with Geiger counters), at least one person developed fabric strips soaked in beeswax, propolis, and homeopathic preparations of gamma-loving plants. Placed under the beds of people in areas with mildly higher degrees of gamma activity, these strips caused the disturbances to disappear. (this is apparently only a partial solution, good for places where the radiation is only slightly higher than background.)

Telepathy and sleep hacking:
It’s been suggested that one could induce telepathy without Persinger’s magnetic field apparatus. How? By taking advantage of an already-existing circumcerebral magnetic wave, the so-called rostrocaudal phase shift. If you can get the (40-50 Hz, 12.5-20msec) rostrocaudal phase shifts of two people to synchronize, the same telepathic phenomena should pop up. Dr. Persinger himself has evidently confirmed that this is likely to work.

(the rostrocaudal phase shift is the “clock frequency” of consciousness, as described by a few authors.)

Worth citing here is a really excellent paper that explains why telepathy may be possible, and how it seems to come about: Dotta, B. T. et al, “Photon emissions from human brain and cell culture exposed to distally rotating magnetic fields shared by separate light-stimulated brains and cells,” Brain Research, 2011

The effect seems to be conceptually akin to that of a lock-in amplifier, where if you know the phase and frequency of the original signal you can extract even an incredibly weak one from the ambient noise — only in this case that signal is just the beginning, serving as the basis for quantum entanglement of photons emitted by cells. (This is not my area of expertise, read the paper if you want the accurate version.)

Ludwig references a very apropos effect in some of his work: that the body is capable of laser-style weak signal amplification, where a signal that resonates precisely with a particular cell or system sets off a cascading release of coherent energy.

If you can increase coherence, you therefore ought to be able to make a much better receiver. This is exactly how MASERs are used to receive tremendously weak signals — I seem to remember one being used for the Cassini or Viking probes, for example.

Now, there are really only two points in a conventional day during which the brain is capable of coherence for a long time: delta and REM states. Unfortunately, there’s a serious obstacle to synchronizing rostrocaudal phase shifts in these states via conventional means (like photic entrainment) — they’re the two states in which the brain doesn’t respond to external sensory stimuli!

Conversely, if you wanted to ensure nobody else could synchronize to your brain during these times, you’re faced with the same problem.

However, there are alternative ways of pulling this off. The “Russian Sleep Machine” research I’ve done (experimentally, on myself…) suggests the brain is DEFINITELY capable of syncing to an external signal delivered electrically. However, it’s not clear you can control phase. At least, I’m not really in a position to try telepathy experiments, or measure weak cranial magnetic activity. (my liquid helium stocks are critically low…)

It’s also quite possible that the Neurophone is capable of synching the rostrocaudal phase shift — I don’t know.


““It’s really hard for the government to censor things when they don’t understand the made-up words or meaning behind the imagery,” said Kevin Lee, COO of China Youthology, in conversation at the DLD conference in Munich on Monday. “The people there aren’t even relying on text anymore It’s audio, visual, photos. All the young people are creating their own languages.”

So, look at an app like WeChat, “a WhatsApp on steroids,” as BDA China chairman Duncan Clark put it. It’s the social network owned by Tencent — China’s largest listed Internet company — replete with hundreds of millions of users. Aside from its basic popularity as a mobile messaging application, Chinese youth can use it as a way around the traditional text-based censorship rained down upon users by the state. Even after Tencent agreed to censor words appearing on WeChat that the Chinese government doesn’t approve of.

Take a Mini Cooper ad that appeared in China. The ad featured a shot of a car with a large bandage on its bumper, with no text anywhere else on the page. It’s a signal that yes, even Mini Cooper and the big brands are also upset that they’re forced to censor themselves due to state demands.

But the ad still ran untouched. “The government either doesn’t understand, or can’t do anything because the brand isn’t really saying anything overtly,” Lee said.

It’s the same with the young people who adopt these visual languages. Even if Tencent is nixing certain keywords within the WeChat app on the order of the state, there are still the pictures and audio messages flowing through the app’s network. “And by the time the government realizes what’s happening, they’re already passe, they’ve already moved on,” said Kitty Lun, CEO of Lowe China”

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