I love good stories. My second grade teacher at primary was a storyteller. Every day, when we had earned it through good behaviour, he would end instruction with the next episode of an ongoing tale about dwarfs. Sat on his desk, sucked his thumb and took us on a wonderful journey.
So when I came across the below, I was sold.
This is a tale about how this young man became a scientist. I picked it up the way I pick up most of my stuff: from reading online newspapers and other internet based haphazard following up of whatever catches my attention. The title of my blog can be taken quite literally. The blog post that contained the above gem was actually about another video performance of the same guy, about his scientific work.
Very much in the heart of my psychology interest, and in a way not much news, because what is described is mostly about new techniques rather than new underlying insights about how our minds work. But it is a next step in what biofeedback and neurofeedback, and plenty of other influence-your-mind kinda approaches aim at, including meditation.
And the next step is scary. Very scary. Stuff like this is always hyped with what good it can do. But the proper assessment should be what bad can be done with it. What is possible will be done, you can bet on that. But I may be overly pessimistic. Before this can be used for unwanted control lots of water has to flow down the Nile. More than we may have, other worries are probably more immediate. What a consolation.
Nothing better than some blue entertainment to drive away worrisome thoughts (yes, told you, nothing much new under the sun – and see universal this technique is):