1984: Researchers Prove Brain Manipulation Can Lessen Belief in God, Alter Views on Immigrants

Just because you aren't paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.

Day by day, the dystopian universe depicted in George Orwell’s magnum opus rings more like an omen than a work of fiction. In the day and age of political correctness run amok, where “offenders” are often forced to attend sensitivity-training, a new experiment that claims to alter the way participants view religion and immigrants, proves that the thought-police may, in fact, be coming.

In a joint study conducted by scientific researches in the U.S. and U.K., a technique dubbed “transcranial magnetic stimulation,” or TMS, was used on participants to essentially turn off groups of neurons in the brain that control critical thinking and decision making. The goal was to see if Christian participants might alter their views on God, and if general participants might open their arms wider when welcoming immigrants.

The results of the study? "Belief in God was reduced almost by a third, while participants became 28.5 per cent less bothered by immigration numbers,” according to the British news outlet, The Express.

A bizarre experiment claims to be able to make Christians no longer believe in God and make Britons open their arms to migrants in experiments some may find a threat to their values. Scientists looked at how the brain resolves abstract ideological problems. Using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), researchers safely shut down certain groups of neurones in the brains of volunteers.  TMS, which is used to treat depression, involves placing a large electromagnetic coil against the scalp which creates electric currents that stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control. Researchers found the technique radically altered religious perceptions and prejudice. 

In an effort to prove their respective religious underpinnings, participants were asked to quantify their belief in God, supernatural forces, death, and an afterlife. Those with strong religious conviction were then subjected to the experiment. 

"As expected, we found that when we experimentally turned down the posterior medial frontal cortex, people were less inclined to reach for comforting religious ideas despite having been reminded of death."

Participants were also tested on their views concerning immigration.

Participants were shown two essays written by newly arrived immigrants - one highly complimentary of the US and the other extremely critical. Dr Izuma said: "When we disrupted the brain region that usually helps detect and respond to threats, we saw a less negative, less ideologically motivated reaction to the critical author and his opinions."

In something that reads more like a gruesome science fiction novel about lobotomized masses living within the new world order, scientists “targeted the posterior medial frontal cortex, a brain region a few inches up from the forehead that is associated with detecting and responding to problems.” 

Critics of an expanded government that encroaches on private citizens and who fear a world in which our every thought is controlled, are often mocked by the left as “paranoid.”

Are they really?