Divina Ramirez, writing for Transhumanism.news recently reported that scientists have successfully implanted “false memories” into animal brains.
“In particular, the group used optogenetics – a complex technique that lets scientists control neurons using light – to manipulate the mice into forming false memories and then behaving according to those memories.
According to the researchers, their findings suggest that it is possible to bypass experience and implant a specific memory by directly stimulating the brain. Their findings appeared in the journal Nature Neuroscience.”
Interestingly, the research was conducted by a team of neuroscientists affiliated with “The Hospital for Sick Children” in Toronto, Canada. (Isn’t that a bit like calling McDonalds, “The Joint Where We Sell Burgers?!) Odd, but, I digress.
The big question here is why?
Why are scientists who are interested in the health and well-being of sick children, attempting to figure out how to implant false memories into the human brain? Wouldn’t people who are interested in healing be more interested in restoring hidden or suppressed memories, rather than creating false ones?
Let’s muse a moment on how this technology could (and likely will) be used once it is perfected in humans. Let’s think of the not-so-nefarious purposes first. Eventually, tweens, millennials, techies, and porn addicts are going to tire of anime and clumsy VR goggle-dependent “realities.” But imagine purchasing a false memory implant that stores “real” memories in your head. You could go on vacations without spending a dime, travel the world, be the lead guitarist in your favorite band, kiss your dream girl, retell or erase a traumatic memory, or spend the night with whoever you wanted.
Sure, none of these things actually happened to you, and you won’t have the selfies to back you up that any of it did; but even if your Facebook friends aren’t fooled…your brain will be. You will legitimately “remember” these things as if they happened to you…they will look and feel just like the real memories, and they will likely come replete with the dopamine release you would get were you truly reminiscing upon an actual event.
This might sound harmless enough on the surface, but if you extrapolate this technology globally, it will change the face of reality as we know it. Imagine an app store filled with tens of thousands of false memories, all at your fingertips for a mere .99 cents a download. Not only would you no longer be able to take anything anyone said to you at face value ever again…but you’d have to bring your own reality into question.
We’ve all seen the Oprah and Dr. Phil shows where mentally ill people are seeking treatment because they believe they are the reincarnation of Jimi Hendrix, or they believe they are married to Rihanna. They get secret messages from beyond on their radios and Instagram pages and they believe these things with their whole heart. In their heart of hearts, this is their reality. But to everyone on the outside of their reality, it is psychosis.
We’ve all seen the memory manipulation films—Total Recall, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception. These main characters aren’t happy people…they are confused, frightened, lost, and traumatized. Why, I ask…why would anyone with a healthy brain wish to bring this sort of psychosis upon themselves?!
“Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the Lord,
Intoxicating all the earth.
The nations have drunk of her wine;
Therefore the nations are going mad.”
Scientists involved in false memory research claim that the aforementioned films were their inspiration. But is this really an example of life imitating art…or is it the other way around (i.e. predictive programming)?
Let’s take this in another direction. Thinking we’ve been to Disneyworld when we’ve never left the state of Kansas is the least of our worries. Historically “false memories” has had negative connotations and is often associated with DID, SRA, and sexual abuse victims whose repressed memories surface later in life. Their claims and desperate pleas for support and justice are silenced and discredited—written off as false memories, with little to no thought that these people may have indeed suffered countless atrocities. The False Memory Syndrome Foundation (now debunked) was designed to be a safe harbor for pedophiles, rapists, and occultists so they could continue their crimes without reputational or penal repercussions.
But once false memories are for sale on Amazon, how many victims of rape, spousal abuse, sexual abuse, or SRA will ever be believed again? Or even worse, will hackers develop ways to “fix a friend” and have false memories downloaded into others against their knowledge (technological gaslighting) or against their will (technological waterboarding)? If so, what a diabolically evil, but clever, technological cover up for criminals, politicians, and other deep state cronies. With this technology in place, the only “truth” we will ever get to the bottom of is theirs. They will completely control the script.
Paul warns the Philippians in Philippians 4:8 to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. This is the formula for achieving peace that passes human understanding (verse 7). Reflexively, what happens if we do not think about things that are true? I would assume, our minds would be full of chaos and confusion, rather than peace and understanding.
Right now, mind and memory manipulation technology are fairly “innocent” in that VR is presented to the public as a mere accessory for various forms of gaming and entertainment. But behind the scenes, VR is also being used in science, medicine, surgery, research and development.
As Believers, we must expand the definition of “true” in Philippians 4:8 to mean something beyond true doctrine or true moral and religious principles. The opposite of truth isn’t necessarily a lie…the opposite of truth, is fiction.
How much “fiction” do we expose our minds and hearts to on a daily basis? (Think Hollywood, movies, books). How much of our lives are grounded in reality as opposed to fantasy? We must take inventory of our thought life, our dreams and aspirations, our life goals, our entertainment and media preferences, how we spend our time, our hobbies, what we read, what we watch, what topics we talk about when with friends. How much of our life is grounded in reality? And how much of it is just dreams and wishful thinking based upon the carnal desires of our heart?
Technology is now bleeding over into the hallucinogenic category alongside drugs and alcohol. There are games, films, and forms of “entertainment” now being developed that will have a direct, powerful, permanent impact on our brains, our memories, and our reality.
Pastors have been preaching on the “mind as a battlefield” concept for decades, if not centuries. The Church has fought for years to keep the Enemy out of our heads. James tells us in James 1:14 that sin begins, not with the devil tempting us, nor with God testing us; but the seed of sin is when we are carried away and enticed by our own desires…and these desires usually start as thoughts and fantasies in our head. Knowing this, why would we pay money to download and hardwire those desires into our heads…knowing they will lead us, according to James, to death (verse 15)?
Brothers and sisters, read the headlines. Count on your hands the number of high-profile professing believers who have turned away from the Truth in recent days. Count the number of authors and recording artists who are now claiming to be deconstructionists or exvangelicals. Think of the ministries and churches that have gone down in flames after their founder dies and their sin is exposed. In the last year, I have lost count of the men, women, ministries, and You Tube channels that have gone defunct because the leaders fell into doctrinal error and disavowed Jesus Christ. And this isn’t even to mention all the churches that kowtowed to Caesar and, after taking government bail out money, slammed their doors in conformity to malevolent mandates designed to weaken the Brotherhood of Believers in a time where we are commanded to not neglect meeting together (Hebrews 10:25).
We are on the precipice of the great falling away.
Project Blue Beam, holographic technology, Virtual Reality, false memory downloads—this is the infrastructure of the hijacking of the human mind. This is the blueprint for the trajectory James warned us about:
- But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
- Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
- and sin, when it has run its course, brings forth death.
This biblical formula is followed by a warning: “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers and sisters!”
Planting false memories into our head is a form of self-deception. We are willingly participating in being deceived. We are warned in Scripture repeatedly to be sober-minded, alert, and vigilant. Peter warns us in 1 Peter 1:13 to, “…gird up the loins of our mind.” This is an amazing word picture!
To “gird up your loins” means to prepare yourself to face or contend with someone or something. In Scripture, it took on a literal meaning. Because the men of that age wore long robes, they had to gather up all the fabric to their waist to get a running start. 1 Samuel 17:48, when David faces Goliath, we are told that David, “ran quickly” toward Goliath. We always envision David’s right arm in this mental picture—with a sling cycloning above his head. But where was his left hand? Well…probably holding up his tunic!
“Gird up the loins” is a militaristic metaphor…it’s another way of saying, “Prepare for battle!” or “Charge!” or “Ready! Aim! Fire!” But Peter is applying this, not to a battlefield, but to our brain cells. He is warning us that our minds are constantly under attack, and we should be alert and vigilant at the drop of a hat to do warfare to protect our minds and thoughts from a hostile enemy takeover.
We CANNOT AFFORD as Believers to flirt with ANYTHING that has a direct impact on our mind, thoughts, memories, or our reality. Even if something, on the surface, is “fun” or “innocent,” these things may be Trojan Horses. The city of Troy wasn’t sacked by a huge wooden horse—it was sacked at the hand of what was lurking within the wooden horse that destroyed them. Likewise, our PS5 and our 5G smartphone might be harmless enough—but could there be a greater enemy lurking within?
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers and sisters!”
We are on the precipice of the great falling away.