A tell-all book from 1976 presents another way of seeing what’s happened to us – the descent into a dissociated society. In A Choice of Futures, a top Tavistock researcher, Fred Emery, together with his wife Merrelyn, revealed studies on the effects of television, which they call a dissociative medium. And for the social engineers, dissociation is synonymous with schizophrenia.
They write, “There is no doubt in our minds that dissociation is the most probable negative scenario to arise from the ‘telecommunications revolution.’”
Dissociation means here withdrawing from who and what’s around you right there into semi-reality or secondary reality, or now, virtual reality. I came across this looking into eating disorders, as well as body and gender dysmorphia – are these and many other disturbances of the mind and spirit just expressions of this predicted fracturing?
I sense it’s a piece of the puzzle, answering questions like why so many are super reactive, unable to make associations, seemingly happy to live vicariously through celebrities or fictional characters, or crowd out their own dreams with the increasingly nightmarish narratives of (((media culture))). Here are a few notes and observations.
The Emerys write, “The evidence is TV not only impairs the ability of the viewer to attend but it also, by taking over a complex of direct and indirect neural pathways, decreases vigilance – the general state of arousal which prepares the organism for action should its attention be drawn to a specific stimulus.” So it’s not just the content that wraps around us sometimes inducing a passive malaise, where it’s hard to take purposeful action, but the medium itself.
Reaction, Reaction, Reaction
Instead of acting, there’s reacting, and I recently noticed tons of YouTube videos of just that – reacting. A toddler reacts to his own birth video, black men to “Bohemian Rhapsody” and this surreal chain reaction of reaction – “Teens React To Billie Eilish Reacts To Teens React To Billie Eilish”
Social media, especially Facebook, seems based on this aspect of the dissociated society with its Like button. It lets someone off the hook to respond with any depth or to add their own take based on personal thoughts and associations. From A Choice of Futures, “It appears that within tens of seconds, the normal human brain ceases to critically reflect upon and analyze the incoming television message. Regardless of its content, the response is primarily attitudinal: like, not like.”
Archaic Brain Revival
With habituation to TV, the neocortex (new brain – right and left) are impaired, and, the Emerys note, the old brain or rhinencephalon comes out to play. The more animalistic or primitive old brain can potentially run wild without the guidance of the higher mind (conscience, reason, etc), and when there’s tension from inaction, there can be aggression and impulsive behavior.
I think it’s obvious that the media, particularly movies and TV shows, are exacerbating this with the content for a kind of psychic driving toward violence effect.
Another way I see this archaic revival here is with the selfie and image-is-everything trend – the Emerys write that attributing an unusual degree of power to visual forms is a “striking characteristic of primitive peoples,” and narcissists. The archaic revival seems to encourage self-identification and magic not bound by nature’s laws or cause and effect. But that doesn’t phase generations brought up on magical television’s fragmented reality or the illusion of reality.
Write the Emerys, “The nature of the medium itself works to dissociate the holistic nature of the human brain, thereby creating the conditions under which an illusion of reality, a mythical world can be developed and appreciated.”
Society of Lost Dreams
Does TV distort our dream time? The Emerys concluded yes because most programming is conveyed in “predigested common iconic forms” – there’s less to work over in dreams. They attributed the rise of hyperactivity to dream deprivation, as well as sensory deprivation, as children started clocking more hours in front of screens.
And here I see how television was a kind of transition medium on the road to hive-mindedness. The Emerys write that the “TV Generation” of the 1970s already had to work harder at connecting with each other “because their phylogenetically older and more uniquely defining characteristics have been lost from awareness both to themselves and others, by the technologically based process of dissociation.”
They write, “We consider that the obvious conformity (to each other, not to elders) of the young today, is one dimension of this phenomenon; there is a general shapeless response which does not bear in any individual the stamp of unique personal vitality.”
The Emerys write that the TV generation had become sub-parts of a collective and anonymous entity. I find this fascinating because I felt a kind of subsuming of the uniqueness of our family, and each of us individually, into an artificial, but somehow compelling “secondary reality” of the box in the living room.
Just as all the financial energy is siphoned off by the parasite, now the psychic energy and uniqueness, even soul purpose, is threatened by so many traps, spells, and binders.
Sean Parker, a former Facebook creator, divulged that the platform exploits human vulnerability to steal your time and attention, but is there a spiritual possession being attempted here, too?
Thomas Sheridan talks about this in a video on how Facebook’s “AI neural interface is creating a dissociation in everyone’s mind who are sharing emotional feelings or emotional behaviors…It’s creating the AI interface version of you to replace the real version of you.”
He theorizes that they are manipulating the future by staying one beat ahead, from data mined not from your timeline, but from private messages and groups – your real self.
Manipulating the Knowledge Stock
The Emerys write of the manipulation of knowledge stock (censorship), and in just a few months, this old book has gone from under five bucks in March to around 100 now. I suspect some of the studies are linked to MK Ultra or emerged from the Macy Conference (its original name was Cognitive Inhibition). I see how the victor’s post-war agenda was to fragment our societies down to our minds while reserving for themselves the study of whole systems (cybernetics and systems thinking).
One weakness of the 1984 scenario, wrote the Emerys, was that manipulation of the knowledge stock “will conflict inevitably with the current understandings of the common man which will lead him to a suspicion and contempt of technocrats, academics, and governments,” and that some people could even go beyond reacting to creating their own content. Of course, now we see open censorship because they lost control of the narrative.
A Holistic Future
In closing, I’ll say I remember a few years ago, there was talk of a breakaway (space) civilization, and lately, I’ve thought of one based on coherence and the healing of the mind back to wholeness. The highest human expressions come from a holistic exchange between all parts of the mind so that new associations can form, and we can grow and take action to solve our problems.
Just as many of our unique cultures have been lost, so too are our inner worlds threatened, it seems, by the threat of dissociation – being pulled into artificial worlds that see our precious uniqueness as energy to be harvested and steered.
Author’s Note: This article was originally published in June, 2019 before the launch of the plandemic with its rituals – masks and “social distancing” – that foster next-level dissociation from other people and the intelligence gathering of the senses.