Moral judgments can be altered

Do you think you are being manipulated by politicians and the media? Well that is just the tip of the iceberg. Humans are the most studied creature on the planet and it is downright scary what the elitist know about you. It is almost safe to say that they “know you” better than you do. The reason they study us so hard is because they want to control us. Here is an article that might shock you but it shouldn’t. The original story can be found here:

Public release date: 29-Mar-2010
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Contact: Jennifer Hirsch
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moral judgments can be altered

MIT neuroscientists influence people’s moral judgments by disrupting specific brain region

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — MIT neuroscientists have shown they can influence people’s moral judgments by disrupting a specific brain region — a finding that helps reveal how the brain constructs morality.

To make moral judgments about other people, we often need to infer their intentions — an ability known as “theory of mind.” For example, if a hunter shoots his friend while on a hunting trip, we need to know what the hunter was thinking: Was he secretly jealous, or did he mistake his friend for a duck?

Previous studies have shown that a brain region known as the right temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) is highly active when we think about other people’s intentions, thoughts and beliefs. In the new study, the researchers disrupted activity in the right TPJ by inducing a current in the brain using a magnetic field applied to the scalp. They found that the subjects’ ability to make moral judgments that require an understanding of other people’s intentions — for example, a failed murder attempt — was impaired.

The researchers, led by Rebecca Saxe, MIT assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, report their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 29.

The study offers “striking evidence” that the right TPJ, located at the brain’s surface above and behind the right ear, is critical for making moral judgments, says Liane Young, lead author of the paper. It’s also startling, since under normal circumstances people are very confident and consistent in these kinds of moral judgments, says Young, a postdoctoral associate in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

“You think of morality as being a really high-level behavior,” she says. “To be able to apply (a magnetic field) to a specific brain region and change people’s moral judgments is really astonishing.”

How they did it: The researchers used a non-invasive technique known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to selectively interfere with brain activity in the right TPJ. A magnetic field applied to a small area of the skull creates weak electric currents that impede nearby brain cells’ ability to fire normally, but the effect is only temporary.

In one experiment, volunteers were exposed to TMS for 25 minutes before taking a test in which they read a series of scenarios and made moral judgments of characters’ actions on a scale of 1 (absolutely forbidden) to 7 (absolutely permissible).

In a second experiment, TMS was applied in 500-milisecond bursts at the moment when the subject was asked to make a moral judgment. For example, subjects were asked to judge how permissible it is for someone to let his girlfriend walk across a bridge he knows to be unsafe, even if she ends up making it across safely. In such cases, a judgment based solely on the outcome would hold the perpetrator morally blameless, even though it appears he intended to do harm.

In both experiments, the researchers found that when the right TPJ was disrupted, subjects were more likely to judge failed attempts to harm as morally permissible. Therefore, the researchers believe that TMS interfered with subjects’ ability to interpret others’ intentions, forcing them to rely more on outcome information to make their judgments.

Next steps: Young is now doing a study on the role of the right TPJ in judgments of people who are morally lucky or unlucky. For example, a drunk driver who hits and kills a pedestrian is unlucky, compared to an equally drunk driver who makes it home safely, but the unlucky homicidal driver tends to be judged more morally blameworthy.


Source: “Disruption of the right temporo-parietal junction with transcranial magnetic stimulation reduces the role of beliefs in moral judgments,” Liane Young, Joan Albert Camprodon, Marc Hauser, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Rebecca Saxe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, week of March 29, 2010.


Executive Orders

At our last 5,000 Year Leap class we briefly discussed Executive Orders. Here is a link where you can review Executive Orders going all the way back to FDR.

Recap of September 15th Westside 9-12 meeting


Last week we had a member of the group, Matt, talk about survey questions he has created for candidates running for Board of Education, Auditor, County Commissioner and Judge. They are very thoughtful questions. You can review them in the attached PDF file. Matt has also provided a list of websites that have also published candidates views on various subjects and also breaks it down by specific subjects. It is all detailed on the attachment. We will publish any replies that Matt receives. Thanks Matt!

I spoke about an article I mentioned in a previous e-mail. The article is about the ruling class and their attitudes toward the American people and the Country Class which is how the author describes the rest of America. It is one of the best articles I have ever read on this subject and I highly recommend it. It is rather long but well worth your time. We only discussed the Ruling Class because we ran out of time but we will be discussing the Country Class and the authors conclusions at our next meeting.
You can find the article here:

We then had Gary & Jeff report on the Green Township trustees. They discussed how their public record requests have unearthed serious conduct issues. They have meticulously documented their evidence and Jeff will be unveiling a website in the near future. Some of the issues that they have uncovered are:

The political hiring of a politician’s wife over other more qualified applicants

Not turning over all relevant records related to this hire to a journalist from the City Beat newspaper

A trustee accosting Gary and calling him vulgar names.

They also detailed the large sums of money that Nathaniel Green Lodge is losing annually and an incident that is so odd it is hard to describe here but if you view the last meeting you will be able to see what happened. Green Township is a perfect example of why we need to pay better attention to our elected officials. If you live in the township I would ask that you attend the meetings or watch them on Time Warner cable. It’s on channel 15 for regular subscribers (no cable box) and channel 8 for those who have a box. If you have satellite TV the meetings are not available. If you live outside the township I encourage you to attend your trustee meetings and ask questions when something does not seem right.

Also, if you are not a member of the Cincinnati 9-12 group I recommend “officially” joining by going this website and clicking the “join us” button. This is not required but if you join you will be alerted of all the events that the group has to offer. This way you will be aware of what is going on outside the Westside group.

Last but not least the 5,000 Year Leap classes have been a huge success. Diane has done an excellent job hosting these courses and they are a lot of fun. I have attached a flier that has all of dates for the upcoming classes. Also, I urge you to continue with the Precinct Education Project and speak to your friends and neighbors about the upcoming election.

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday September 30th
Tuesday October 19th

Schedule for replay of Green Township Trustee meetings on Time Warner cable

The broadcast times are:

Monday – 12:30 PM, 5:30 PM (live on meeting Mondays), 11:30 PM
Tuesday – 10:00 AM
Wednesday – 12:30 PM, 4:00 PM
Thursday – 12:00 AM (midnight), 7:00 PM
Friday – 10:00 AM
Saturday – 4:00 PM

Sunday – 11:00 AM, 7:00 PM

Time Warner channel 15 (no cable box), channel 8 (if you have a cable box)

Recap of September 2nd Westside Neighborhood 9-12 meeting

We had an open forum discussion at our meeting last week.

We talked about people’s experiences going door to door for the Precinct Education Project. The reports were that it was a very positive experience . I encourage you to get involved.

We also discussed the Glenn Beck Restoring Honor rally. Several people attended and described what it was like to be at this historic event.

We also discussed the need to monitor our township meetings. A recent news item concerning Green Township highlights why it is important to know what goes on in our community. You can look at the news item here: This issue is not a clear case of wrong doing but it does cast doubt on the wisdom of this decision by the Green Township trustees. We need to hold our elected officials responsible and the best place to start is at the local level.

In addition we announced the upcoming 5,000 Year Leap classes. The first class is this Wednesday September 8th at 7 PM at the Green Township library. Please attend. It will be a lot of fun.

Our next Westside 9-12 meeting  is Wednesday September 15th.

The Real George Bernard Shaw – Fabian Socialist and Hitlerian Advocate of Mass Murder

George Bernard Shaw was a founding member of the Fabian (Socialist) Society. He supported Mussolini and Hitler. Listed below are some of the outrageous things he has said. For some reason this has all been forgotten until recently. He has won a Pulitzer prize for literature and an Oscar. His page on Wikipedia suggests that his beliefs were “satire”.  Amazing.

Here are some of his disgusting statements:


“We should find ourselves committed to killing a great many people whom we now leave living, and to leave living a great many people whom we at present kill. We should have to get rid of all ideas about capital punishment …

A part of eugenic politics would finally land us in an extensive use of the lethal chamber. A great many people would have to be put out of existence simply because it wastes other people’s time to look after them.”

Source: George Bernard Shaw, Lecture to the Eugenics Education Society, Reported in The Daily Express, March 4, 1910.


“The moment we face it frankly we are driven to the conclusion that the community has a right to put a price on the right to live in it … If people are fit to live, let them live under decent human conditions. If they are not fit to live, kill them in a decent human way. Is it any wonder that some of us are driven to prescribe the lethal chamber as the solution for the hard cases which are at present made the excuse for dragging all the other cases down to their level, and the only solution that will create a sense of full social responsibility in modern populations?”

Source: George Bernard Shaw, Prefaces (London: Constable and Co., 1934), p. 296.

“Under Socialism, you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you liked it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character and industry enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live, you would have to live well.”

George Bernard Shaw: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, 1928, pg. 470)