Behavioral Practices of Neurosecurity: How to protect your mind from mass control, fakenews and mindcracking

Wednesday, 18 de December de 2019

Mude de idioma: Inglês | Português

Desperation, weakness, vulnerability - these things will always be exploited. You need to protect the weak, ring-fence them, with something far stronger than empathy.

- Zadie Smith

Recently many people came to me because of one of my publications on neurotechnology applied to the military industry. The center of the doubt was, how do we defend ourselves from the fakenews? It’s today's theme about, personal neurosecurity.

A technology magnate, Elon Musk, at the launch of the new company Neuralink, which could follow through youtube on the strategy of connecting humans and computers to a new generation of cutting-edge technologies that extrapolate or correct human cognition;

 

Among comments from internet users, arguments such as “computer hacking time is over, now it's people's minds” or:




they were very common.

 

However the big question, is this true? Are we a black box immune to sabotage and control without these ultra-neuro-technologies?

It is not true and the use of fakenews is the maximum extrapolation of how our mind is so fragile to be hacked when we understand how our system works.

“ I’ve never found it hard to hack most people. If you listen to them, watch them, their vulnerabilities are like a neon sign screwed into their heads.”

-       Mr. Robot

This way it has never been so important to understand about neurosecurity even for personal growth application.

Neurosecurity is a counterpart to neuroarms (that exploit human vulnerabilities), in this box you should find any practice and technology that gives autonomy over your mind being able to identify invaders, influences and submissions, establishing defenses and to have the ability to consciously choose.

Our mind is a large information center and no physical hardware is needed to interferes or invades your brain for actions, thoughts and concepts that go against your "freedom of choice".

 A interesting experiment is the insertion of false memories in people, which was even the subject of a documentary. The way of conduct is very simple, using of a series of tactics that mixes real contexts of the past with small false implementations, the combination comes to a point where the victim can no longer distinguish what is real from the falsehoods you have inserted and everything make it true in him/her memories.

This world of ideas, as Plato would say, is a flow. When we talk about fakenews and mass control the anchoring of these approaches is in passionate flows. As explained in blogs earlier, if several times a day your nervous system is nourished by recruiting archaic pathways of hatred, aggression and intolerance, your logical decision-making ability is reduced and you are more susceptible not only to instinctive and passionate acts, but more open to receiving new information that goes against logic.

However, not everything is wide open, in fact "the demon comes disguised as an angel". Let us understand by what means we leave the “neural doors of thought” open to cracking:



1 – The thirst for feeling and curiosity

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Ever wonder what happens to a person if he suddenly loses all sense?

 

In fact, you can verify part of this experience. If we place people in sensory deprivation environments where senses such as sight, hearing, touch, time, gravity, and temperature are absent, a series of ricochet effects happen.

One of the emerging effects is hallucination [1,2]. Although science still investigates the nature of hallucination, we can articulate that the mind in the scarcity of sensory stimuli projects unconscious effects that do not exist in the environment to supply the need to process information [3-4].


It is because the mind is a biocomputer made for it, to realize cognition, to feel ... in the absence of feeling, it creates.

Thus, we have rooted in our behavior the search for constant stimuli and all this aggravates in an information age like ours. Absorbing more information does not mean that it will add value, and the curiosity to dive in the news may be harmful to mental health.

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To become aware of mass-conditioned subjects demands immense cognitive energy from the human, to be intelligently evaluated it is necessary to search the sides of history, cross with your previous knowledge, try to understand what the thinkers on the sides of the theme are saying and then take a position on information.

What it turns out is not trivial work, it takes a long time and it would be illusory to believe that someone has an opinion on all matters, some of which were certainly controlled by some conditioned thinking, a simplified information that had no compromise with truth.

This whole search process is cognitively exhausting, because your intellect will already have a tendency to assume a truth and, looking at the sides information that doesn't go according to your logic, gets tired. Sometimes it takes hours or days to get information right, not just minutes in a headline story.

Another aggravating factor is that humans have a limit of decisions making on day, along the day when becomes late their decisions are made by emotion as opposed to logic [5]. In terms of information we can articulate that it is not advisable to absorb new information at the end of your active day.

So the first lesson we take home is that you don't have to know everything, you don't have to have an opinion on every aspect and yet it will be all right, it is healthy for your mind not to be hostage to information that can enslave your behavior.


Learn to focus, information that is necessary for your living, for your purpose, and information that should be avoided for your mental safety.


2. Empathy


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In a globalized age, respect for diversity is a recurring issue. The practice of empathy in our generation is highly recommended and adopted. However we must be alert, because everything in excess is harmful, the secret lies in balance.

Empathy is an important process for forming societies, understanding each other, leadership strategies, and consciousness transcedence.

In the blog about spirituality and religiosity the importance of this cognition is explored for those interested.

 On the occasion we go to the opposite direction of generational culture, have you ever wondered if empathy is harmful to mental health?

We will not overextend going to details about the two types of empathy (affective and cognitive), but both apply.

“Empathy is the sharing of another person’s state of mind and their emotions… it can also be a ‘negative’ or even a coercive emotion because it is ethically neutral”
-       Danny Penman Ph.D [6]

A storytelling technique called "The Hero's Journey (monomyth)." There are several steps that a writer / storyteller / articulator follows to create immersive stories in which the user has a tendency to project and feel part of the process, mainly because this type of technique abuses the ability of humans to empathize.

 

“They say that what we are looking for is a meaning for life. I think what we are looking for are experiences that make us feel that we are alive. ”

- Joseph Campbell

Entrepreneurs when selling their startup idea, looking for investments or even selling a product, they use parts of the monomyth technique. They create a fictional or partially true story (fakenews?) and embed in it a problematization related to their solution. A priori the intention is that the target audience understands the context, feels the anguish, gets emotional and then, without logical evaluation, imprinting with the solution occurs.

Any mindcracking is no different. Whatever idea you want to get into your mind, the basic ways are to take away your logical ability, make you work on emotional decision-making, and crack your ability to distinguish what is real from unreal.

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“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate.”

-       Inception

However the solution is not live without empathy, otherwise you will enter into states of psychosis and psychopathy, the absence of empathy is also bad, even for leaders. Psychopaths have their empathic pathways inhibited and this has several side effects for social coexistence, more about how the absence of empathy has side effects can be found on the blog about psychopaths.

Culturally religious people may have more developed empathic cognition in their brains, so they should be cautious about feeling. Understand how the world's information acts on their intellect and work to know how to conduct empathy at the right times so as not to feel it in excess.

So the second homework is to be aware, to realize that empathy is an oscillation at different times of your day or the stories you are exposed to. Understand this human cognition and sensation, floating in a bipolarized spectrum between ego and ego dilution, learn to control or regulate it at the right times.

Be careful of the stories that are exposed, remember that they have power over you.

 

3. Effect Dunning-Kruger

The name Dunning-Kruger Effect (EDK) is given to the illusory superiority phenomenon of humans. Briefly, it is the feeling and action of believing that you know more than others, even if you have little knowledge, or you have the best intuition for answers than the most prepared professionals.

 

 

The EDK is alongside with hate speech and polarized thinking. Polarized thinking is an extreme simplification of reality and is considered a cognitive distortion [7]. Hate speeches endomonize paths, thoughts, or sides of a theme, rooting it in anger, fury, and loathing by building walls for the pursuit of holistic, “impartial,” or at least balanced understanding.

Do not forget: "Demons" reside inside.


To achieve deconstruction it is necessary to search them. When feelings of hatred, aggression and intolerance emerge, be aware, these are signs that mental aspects must be worked on or they were cracked.

“ Humans understand language by activating sensory, motor and emotional systems in the brain…just reading words on a screen or listening to a podcast activates areas of the brain in ways similar to the activity generated by literally being in the situation the language describes. This process makes it all the more easy to turn words into actions.” [8]

In neuroscience have a theory called the “theory of simulation” that proposes that word processing depends on neural activity, of action, of the behavior, the perception and emotion. Perceiving words leads neural systems to identical states of what they evoke in humans.

A cracking tactic is to drive, articulate discourses that add up in coercive increments so that a simplified reality is accepted and the person goes into an EDK loop where any information that evokes disgust is accepted as truth without giving you the opportunity to think rationally about it. This may initially come with an altruistic proposal until it becomes a hate speech.


Imagine the hypothetical situation:

“Children are starving (empathy process begins). When I consulted one, she said her dream was to have a feast of bread stuffed with mozzarella and ham accompanied with a juice (your comparation to her reality happens). What a $#%! society (hatred speech evoked) that humiliates, criminalizes, and enslaves our children. This is the fault of the company / people / system X (blame to begin EDK) that generates this @$$ of society. ”

The  above example above, by an altruistic process, you are placed in an illusory superiority loop that will block your information emancipation process to try to understand which is the real role and the side of the company / people / system X is involved and take a broader position on the subject. Once in this loop, it doesn't take much for any half information between get in unfiltered.

“why can’t I delete it ?

I don’t want to delete it.

I want it to stay.

What’s wrong with me ? “ ~ coercion, coercion, disability ~

The third and final lesson of this blog is to get away from thinking you know or evoking disgust at the moment you evaluate.

They must be wondering, and the solutions?

The truth is that there is no solution, but several and not all have been scientifically explored. The essence to keep in mind is that any methodology that helps you identify your mood swings, emotional involvement, emancipation of sensation, and resumption of logic empowers you with neurosecurity.

The first approaches to suggest are mindfulness practices and alternative meditation techniques (some old meditations have different mindfulness methods).

Anxious or immediate people may find it difficult to learn these techniques.

 

 If you are still learning to meditate, remember this:

"Passed through the store, the salesman showed you that outfit and you found amazing, but it's very expensive. Don't buy on time, wait for the ecstasy to end so that you can consistently analyze your “rational freedom of choice”. At worst, don't make a decision, wait for the new day to come.”

 The simplest meditation is to direct your attention to conscious breathing. It regulates it to slower frequencies, abstracting from alternative thoughts and focusing only on regulating inspiration and exhalation. This method has the power to control heart rate, brain oxygenation and emotional regulation [9-10].

Older or more advanced techniques of meditation induce you to make a mental abstraction, simulate sensations, environments, and transcendences of states of consciousness without being in contact with such a context / condition.

There is that stereotype that to meditate you have to make a specific sound, close your eyes or sit in specific positions. The truth is that all of these gimmicks are tips for faster learning, but once you understand the mechanics of these techniques on your body, meditation can take place in the subway, with your eyes open or even in the middle of a conversation with a person.  At this point of performance that these approaches become potent to be able to use them at the annoying moment when emotional states dominate you and open the door to neurohacking.

The evolution of technologies brings us new paradigms, perhaps in the future neurosecurity is one of those essential things that everyone should learn for life, as well as financial education, socialization, civility and so on.

 

References

[1] Graphical Illustration and Functional Neuroimaging of Visual Hallucinations during Prolonged Blindfolding: A Comparison to Visual Imagery, Ruxandra Sireteanu et al; 2008.

[2] Water immersion and flotation: From stress experiment to stress treatment, Suedfeld, Peter & Ballard, Elizabeth & Murphy, Margaux; 1983.

[3] Hallucinations: Etiology and clinical implications, Kumar, S., Soren, S., & Chaudhury, S; 2009. 

[4] On the neurobiology of hallucinations, Boksa P; 2009.

[5] Do you Suffer from Decision Fatigue?, The New York Times Maganzine, John Tierney, 2011.

[6] Is Empathy Our Most Dangerous and Self-Indulgent Emotion?, Danny Penman; 2018.

[7] Polarized thinking cognitive distortion, exploring your mind; 2019.

[8] Hearing Hate Speech Primes the Brain For Hateful Actions, Arthur Glenberg ;2019.

[9] Meditation Affects Brain Networks Differently in Long Term Meditators and Novices, Marianne Spoon; 2018.

[10] How mindfulness meditation works — and changes the brain's architecture, Belinda Smith; 2019.

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