If you haven’t heard the good news, President Obama excitedly announced a new initiative. We taxpayers of the United States of America will be investing a cool $100 million for a “brain-mapping project” to begin in 2014. The initiative is being called BRAIN (fittingly enough), an acronym which stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. A bit of a mouthful, but catchy nonetheless.
Dubbing the initiative “the next great American project,” Obama attempted to drum up support by referencing all of the scientific and technological discoveries and innovations we as humans have made, and yet, we still have not completely figured out what is happening inside our own minds.
You probably don’t have to look much farther to see where any good conspiracy theorist might cry foul. Obama is selling the project as something that might give us the keys to fighting mental illness and diseases as well as understanding hate crimes and racism. Of course, along the way, it might go a long way toward helping the government understand just how to control and mold your brain.
It’s an inconvenient and unfortunate truth that even the noblest of scientific and medical programs can wander far from the path of good intentions. There is always someone that realizes the potential to use any good work for an evil agenda. Even if this BRAIN initiative has promising results for everything Obama listed, do you believe that the government and military isn’t licking its lips to get their hands on this information?
Another thing of note to conspiracy-minded individuals: this is pretty bold. We all know of the speculation that the United States’ government has long experimented with mind control and such. As a matter of fact, there are schools of thought that some of the school shooters, such as Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, might have been the victim or unintentional side effect of a government-mandated mind control experiment. Up until now, however, no such experiments were openly acknowledged and embraced by the government. With the BRAIN initiative, President Obama is putting it out there publicly that the government is indeed trying to make strides in this area and has a plan in place to get where it wants to be. Should this boldness be interpreted as a victory? Is this a sign that a more enlightened and critical public is asking more questions, so President Obama and company know they need to find a way to pass this off in public before it inevitably winds up on Internet message boards and forums? Or is it simply a sign that they just don’t care to conceal it anymore? Are we coming to a point where we have given up so many rights that the government is on the verge of just giving us a “That’s just the way it is” speech and we’ll all have to smile and accept it?
What do you think of the BRAIN initiative? Authentic steps forward with good intentions, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing?