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But now, as a result of the brain revolution, new breakthroughs in neuroscience and microelectronics have permitted scientists to “map” the electrical and chemical activity of the brain in action. Scientists have used the new technology to monitor the brains of those meditators, artists, and other rare individuals who are able to enter peak domains at will and to map their brain activity during those peak states.

Their first findings were that those peak states are not mysterious and unpredictable phenomena, but are clearly linked to very specific patterns of brain activity. These include dramatic changes in brainwave frequencies, hemispheric symmetry, and rapid alterations in the levels of various neurochemicals. If we could learn to produce these patterns of brain activity, they reasoned, we should be able to produce the peak states they are associated with.

As they worked with increasing excitement, the scientists discovered that it did not require years of training or any special meditative powers to produce those unique patterns of brain activity associated with peak brain states. They found that by using types of mechanical stimulation, such as flickering strobe lights, precise combinations of pulsating sound waves, or rhythmic physical movement, they could actually produce those same “peak state” brain patterns in ordinary people with no meditative experience.

And so it has happened: Over the last few years scientists and electronics engineers have used advanced technology to design a variety of devices—mind machines—that trigger those desired brain patterns, quickly and safely, allowing users rapid access to peak performance brain states.

Tools for Evolution?

The technology is now evolving rapidly. New, more sophisticated and effective versions of those earlier devices are emerging constantly. New tools and techniques are appearing with dizzying speed. There’s sense of constant innovation that feels very much like the excitement of the early years of personal computer development, when no sooner had one unprecedented generation of PCs reached the market than another generation of even more powerful, smaller, and less expensive computers emerged.

What these new brain machines may represent is something truly revolutionary. In fact, many scientists and others are suggesting that these machines may represent a “revolution in evolution,” permitting humans, for the first time, truly to learn to control their own brain states, consciously choosing those brain states most appropriate for the task at hand.

Imagine being able to change your brain state with the same ease you flick the channels on your TV set. Are you studying to pass your mathematics exams? Select the proper “math-consciousness” setting on your brain machine and switch your brain waves into the proper configuration. Are you interested in listening to Beethoven? Plug into the brain state that combines heightened auditory acuity and heightened aesthetic perceptions and tweak it with a bit of synesthesia—turning up your ability to see, taste, and smell, as well as hear music. If unwanted anger threatens to disrupt your work at the office, switch to a more peaceful, relaxed brain state. When you’re having sex, you and your partner set the dial to turn up your erotic powers and sensitivity to sensory stimuli. If you’re going through an emergency, under a lot of stress, or feel a cold coming on, select the program for pumping up your immune system. Or, if you want to extend your life span, set your brain machine to the “rejuvenation” setting and let it repair any DNA damage and stimulate the release of growth hormone and other rejuvenating biochemicals. . . .

Many scientists and cultural analysts now believe such mind enhancing devices may represent a historic breakthrough in human development. Think of the enormous implications: tools that will allow large numbers of humans to function consistently at levels of mental efficiency, insight, creativity, and intelligence that have in the past been attained only by the gifted few. It would be what writer Michael Murphy calls “a democratization of the metanormal.” Mind machines may be the tools by which the extraordinary becomes familiar.


For a fascinating compendium of accounts of human peak performances, see The Future of the Body: Explorations Into the Further Evolution of Human Nature by Michael Murphy (Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, 1992). For insight into the nature of peak performance and “flow,” see Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihali Csikszentihalyi (New York: Harper & Row, 1990). On our genetic programming to seek out heightened states, see my book The Anatomy of Sex and Power: An Investigation of Mind-Body Politics (New York: Morrow, 1991); Terence McKenna’s Food of the Gods (New York: Bantam, 1992); Stanislav Grof’s Adventures in Self Discovery (SUNY, 1985), Ronald K. Siegal’s Intoxication: Life in Pursuit of Artificial Paradise (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990), and Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1954).

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