Aldus Huxley on controlling the minds of the population

But then, very briefly, let me speak about one of the more recent developments in the sphere of neurology, about the implantation of electrodes in the brain. This of course has been done in the large scale in animals and in a few cases its been done in the cases of the hopelessly insane. And anybody who has watched the behavior of rats with electrodes placed in different centers must come away from this experience with the most extraordinary doubts about what on Earth is in store for us if this is got a hold of by a dictator. I saw not long ago some rats in the {garbled} laboratory at UCLA there were two sets of them, one with electrodes planted in the pleasure center, and the technique was they had a bar which they pressed which turned on a very small current for a short space of time which we had a wire connected with that electrode and which stimulated the pleasure center and was evidently absolutely ecstatic was these rats were pressing the bar 18,000 times a day (laughter). Apparently if you kept them from pressing the bar for a day, they’d press it 36,000 times on the following day and would until they fell down in complete exhaustion (laughter) And they would neither eat, nor be interested in the opposite sex but would just go on pressing this bar {pounds on podium}

Then the most extraordinary rats were those were the electrode was planted halfway between the pleasure and the pain center. The result was a kind of mixture of the most wonderful ecstasy and like being on the rack at the same time. And you would see the rats sort of looking at is bar and sort of saying “To be or not to be that is the question”. (Laughter) Finally it would approach {Pounds on podium} and go back with this awful I mean, the (sounds like franken huminizer anthropomorphizer), and he would wait some time before pressing the bar again, yet he would always press it again. This was the extraordinary thing.

Via Aldous Huxley: The Ultimate Revolution

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Why patient people are more successful

Famously, preschoolers who waited longest for the marshmallow went on to have higher SAT scores than the ones who couldn’t wait. In later years they were thinner, earned more advanced degrees, used less cocaine, and coped better with stress. As these first marshmallow kids now enter their 50s, Mr. Mischel and colleagues are investigating whether the good delayers are richer, too.

Via Learning How to Exert Self-Control

RIP Robin Williams

Usually when celebrities die it means little to me, but today’s news concerning the death of Robin Williams was something different. As a child I watched Robin Williams with my Dad. He showed me Mork and Mindy and funny standup scenes, which were probably more adult themed than I should have watched.

I remember the brilliant films he was in, serious ones like Good Morning Vietnam,  Good Will Hunting and Dead Poet Society and the more light humoured ones like Mrs Doubtfire and Patch Adams.

It is so ironic that such a funny man, that made so many people laugh, was so sad inside. I hope his family are left to grieve by themselves without the media interfering.

Thank you for the laughs Mr Williams. You were a genius.