MIT Technology Review published a recent article entitled, "Military Funds Brain-Computer Interfaces to Control Feelings" describing research funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that uses brain electrode implants to detect and prevent certain feelings and behaviors. The article says the goal is "to use brain implants to read, and then control, the emotions of mentally ill people". This is nothing less than Orwellian dystopia and brings to mind images of the 1970's novel and movie, The Stepford Wives. I have several questions. One question to ask is how are we going to define “mentally ill people”? Just a quick look back over the changing, vague, and over-inclusive definitions of “mental illness”, to include the voting in and out of certain pet diagnoses, such as homosexuality, self-defeating personality disorder, asperger’s disorder, and attenuated psychosis syndrome, tells us that any unwanted behavior or experience can be dubbed “mental illness” depending on the desires of those in power. This usually means those on the diagnoses committees, heavily funded by pharmaceutical companies, and now with this line of research underway, the medical devices companies will soon chip in....
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Decades after they were sold as "safe and effective" medicines, millions who were prescribed antidepressant, antipsychotic and other psychiatric drugs discovered their hidden perils. "Letters from Generation Rx” represents the stories of thousands of real people who experienced firsthand how the cavalier use of these powerful psychotropics created a new class of disability—and an avalanche of other devastating consequences. Directed by Kevin P. Miller and Narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton. Kevin P. Miller is an international award winning Writer, Producer and Director. After the release of GENERATION RX, Miller received thousands letters from parents, teens, educators and others who shared their highly personal sagas. This new film reflects their stories — combined with the latest mental health research, science, and medical health perspectives.
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