Thanks to reader Sunayana for sending me a link to a site that made my brain melt: The International Institute for the Science of Peace. I’d love to attend the Institute and finally achieve that long-sought Master of Hugs degree.
The Institute’s site gives us their scientific definition of peace, nicely summed up in this one blurb hidden amongst mind-bending sentences that are the grammatical equivalent to Pamela Anderson — they look impressive but ultimately make no sense:
Peace is where waves learn to agree to share.
Throughout centuries of war, all this time, the answer was right in front of us: we just need to send waves to preschool.
Here are some of Sunayana’s favorite quotes:
. . . the geometry which allows the lines of pressure in coherent touch to create stabilization among waves (healing), is exactly the physics of what allows magnetic fields in the land to become stabilized and fertile . . .Ã‚
. . . since you can often predict where a war will break out based on loss of conductivity / symmetry in the magnetic lines across the land, therefore there is in principle a way to fix it.Ã‚ Specifically, the science of making the waves of magnetism “Touch Permissive” (which is the same as non-destructive compression), is the activity of making peace . . .
See? It’s so simple!
It appears as though the Institute is just getting started, since most of the site (including any information about research, classes, or degrees) is still under construction. But don’t fret — if you want to hurry to get started on that BS in Therapeutive Snuggling, they do already have a form you can fill out with your name, address, and credit card number.
While the crazies are still trying to manipulate their brainwaves to heal the world, real scientists are using brainwaves for something even cooler — robots! Rav Winston sent me this link about researchers at Honda, who just demonstrated how they can make a robot mimic the movements of a human who is having his brain scanned.
I found the article to be highly suspect — it says it’s from AP, but I haven’t really had time to forget about their credulous reporting of the Bosnian “pyramid” yet. I visited the Honda web site, and after about ten minutes of searching I finally found a press release.
This new BMI technology has enabled the decoding of natural brain activity and the use of the extracted data for the near real-time operation of a robot without an invasive incision of the head and brain. This breakthrough facilitates greater possibilities for new types of interface between machines and the human brain.
While world peace is a nice thing to imagine, using brainwaves to control killer robots to destroy our foes is so much more productive! Go science!