Appearing for the full four hours, researcher and lecturer Dr. Nick Begich discussed mind control, electronic telepathy, and ESP. Regarding the growing research into manipulating how the brain works, he said, "it's about freeing the mind, not enslaving it."
As technological advances allow for more sophisticated means of shaping peoples' consciousness, he stressed the importance of ethics when it comes to mind control. He cautioned that "just because some things are possible, doesn't mean we should do it." Noting that there are no regulations on mind control in the U.S., Begich called for legislation and disclosure about what kind of technologies have been developed.
Begich also explained the emerging science of brain mapping, which is getting closer to capturing brain activity in real-time. By determining the precise pattern in one person's brain, scientists could then implant that mind set into someone else. Despite the sinister potential for brain mapping, he cited some of the positive benefits from the research, such as repairing damaged brains and helping to enhance learning for children.
On the subject of ESP, he shared a fascinating story about a trip he took to Europe. Stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire, he overheard his fellow passengers debating how fix the flat. When Begich interjected with his opinion, they were stunned because they were all speaking German. To everyone’s surprise, Begich had heard them speaking in English.