Tiger Woods, Wall Street and Virginia Tech explained

Moral Judgement Altered by Magnetic fields

Wall Street malfeasance, Tiger Wood’s “indiscretions” and even tragedies like Columbine and Virginia Tech may be viewed in a whole new way after recent research from MIT.

MIT researchers have found your moral center. Not surprisingly, it’s located in your brain. Turn’s out – it’s just above your right ear.

MIT Zaps Brain and Finds "Morals" pic

The report states, ” The researchers used a noninvasive technique known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to selectively interfere with brain activity in the right temporo-parietal junction (TJP).     A magnetic field applied to a small area of the skull creates weak electric currents that impede nearby brain cells’ ability to fire normally …”.

The chances are better than 50/50 this is the same ear you zap with microwave radiation from your cellphone. If you are a trader on Wall Street, a time-challenged celebrity or an obsessive teenager, this exposure may be for hours a day, day in and day out.

Research scientists everywhere may want to rethink the definition of “noninvasive”.             Because with 4.6 billion cellphone users out there, seems many millions are disabling their morals.

The financial industry over the last 25 years has been “on cellphones.” To many, it seems as if our captains of industry have lost their moral compasses.  These were early adopters of the Motorola ‘brick phone’ and  have been living and sleeping with their cellphones ever since.

Tiger Woods texting enthusiasm is well publicized. You might guess he has Blackberrys and iPhones in every room. These most popular smart phones also have the highest radiation as measured by specific absorption rate. http://www.ewg.org/cellphone-radiation

Finally, if were able to get the cellphone records of the Columbine or Virginia Tech players, one imagines they’d easily be in the top 5% of users.   Throw in their computer and iPod use and exposure is pretty much 24/7. In fact, investigation of all dangerous pathological behavior should be researched anew now that we know technology can make our morals flexible.

Magnetic fields do other things too.

Besides knocking out moral sense, magnetic fields also affect impulse control, memory, learning, attention, “can trigger hallucinations, separate people from their sense of self and induce God-like feelings.”  And oh yeah, electromagnetic fields also trigger endorphins which is the addiction pathway.

So, after you finish your next cellphone marathon?  Take comfort – a brain tumor is the least of your worries.



Research … to drive a Mack Truck Through

Dear Nora Young,

Listening to your interview with Dr. Steven Yantis of Johns Hopkins knowing a Toronto man’s in critical condition due to a “cellphone” accident just hours earlier made it all the more powerful and immediate. ‘Spark’ (CBC.ca)

It demonstrates how technologies are impacting us beyond our ability to understand and/or adapt to them.

We’ve known of this dangerous inattention for a long time. I had a car cellphone in 1986.  It was clear even then.

Still, there is a story within the story which is far bigger and more insidious. And we’ve been shunting it aside for 15 years.

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins must be considered world leaders in researching the impact of cellphones on attention.

Yet incredibly, there’s a hole in this research study big enough to drive a Mac truck through.

Steve Yatis described research subjects listening to music while watching a screen and being observed by a functional MRI. And being observed by his team, of course. The basis for the interview was that this research result translates into the equivalent of someone listening on a cellphone.  Not so.

Without knowing or addressing the many differences, one simple fact cries out for attention: Dr. Yantis’ research subjects were not actually on cellphones.

Cellphones radiation exerts all manner of effects on the brain. This radiation effects neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine, calcium e-flux and the blood brain barrier among others.

Suffice to say, serious stuff.

These biological effects directly relate to attention span and decision-making. To conduct any experiments without accommodating this effect and claiming equivalency – is hugely misleading in extrapolating any results.

And again, without addressing the avalanche of literature on cellphones and brain tumours – what about the impact of MRIs themselves? MRIs have not been researched thoroughly for their safety. The fact they have no x-rays means every one assumes they have no biological effects.

In fact, MRIs involve radio frequency (RF) waves which are classified as non-ionizing radiation. The very definition of non-ionizing radiation is ‘that which is too weak to break DNA strands’! Any high school kid could tell you that.

The assumption of MRI safety, like any assumption without benefit of rigorous and repeated research often comes back to bite you in the butt.

For example; RF waves do break DNA strands and so then mocks the very word ‘non-ionizing’. RF waves break single and double strands of DNA.   Just to say, that’s very troubling.

But it brings us to the question of how much is the MRI itself polluting the results of functional MRIs not just in this instance but all such research.

How far behind are we in adapting to the health impacts of these ubiquitous technologies?

Way behind.

But hey, the good news is with 4.6 billion active “research subjects” … we are bound to catch up.