I was blown away from an article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle this week (using that reference, you must assume it is now mainstream knowledge and won’t shock anyone, right?). So, go to Saturday, April 23, 2016, page 2: headline – “Mind. Blown. Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech”. Site: indoor basketball court at the University of Florida in Gainsville. 16 teams at the world’s first drone race involving a brain-controlled interface – using willpower to drive drones across a 10 yard distance. This was 1st demonstrated at the University of Minnesota in a public display in 2013. Of course I’ll have a “hay-day” with this one!! If your thought can make a drone rise up off the ground and proceed in a willed-specific direction, isn’t that what we do every day we go out for our “workout”? And what if that drone, sitting on the ground, had thought back at the competitor wearing the brain-controlled headset: “naw, I don’t feel like it today, I’m a bit tired from all the practicing. Think I’ll just sit here and rest for the rest of the day.” The competitor wouldn’t allow it – and would obviously override the drone’s resistance and made it fly! That’s a hint, dear reader. Got a problem getting out of bed to go for a run? Who’s controlling you, anyway? Dare I ask, “Who IS controlling you? You or your body?”
The next step (of course) was to google “how can thought have power”. Up came a site called Collective-Evolution. I would recommend it to all (mature) people! It offers up the current discoveries and discussions about all the things that are being created/discovered today to solve all the world’s problems. It is the most amazing resource for “this is exactly what is being done today to fix what’s wrong in our world” and gives endless articles about how to help change the world by oneself. Because of what quantum physics has uncovered, thought is seen now as just energy and vibration. It’s already shown that matter is just that, but thought is no different. All there is around us everywhere is a whole array of vibration levels. Get down to the sub-atomic level, and there’s nothing but pure energy – and we then see that we’re all part of one energy field called the “unified field”. As I learned from Bill Bryson’s book “A Short History of Almost Everything” – whatever we see with our senses is pure illusion – we never even touch the ground when we walk on it – there’s always a “thin” layer of space between all objects. That makes the following true – what is real is that which we cannot see (or feel, hear, or taste, smell, etc.) Years ago, science proved that there was such a thing as electrical waves, and now we know that thoughts emit wavelengths/vibrations – and follow along electrical waves. And instruments are invented that can catch those vibrations, and send them to do a specific task – like fly a drone in a basketball court. How about moving a seemingly objecting body to move along a certain trajectory, like down a path in the mountains? Here’s a case in point.
Me, (of course being a mature runner) came up with a challenge yesterday. I spent a good amount of time with a carpet shampooer, up and down stairs and all that. I moved a lot of furniture (we bought a couch and had to rearrange the whole house to accommodate it), and I had less sleep than I usually like. It was Friday, my blessed Friday when I go out onto the High School track to do a “springtime getting back in running shape after a winter of skiing every day.” I didn’t feel like it. I had a narrow window of time between PE classes – I usually have about 20 minutes between classes to do my 20 minute time trial. The track is 1.5 miles away. The deadline was fast approaching, and my body said “don’t do it…you’re sore….you’ll hurt…get back in bed.” I had 15 minutes of contemplation. I slowly changed the thought form. And, I really doubted it would work. In a rather mechanical way, I walked out the door, told myself – “ok, now DO IT.” The body woke up, I was a little shocked, it got better, and suddenly all was going smoothly. The energy kept increasing, I was never so energized. Energy kept building all day long. Something tells me all runners worth their “salt” do this all the time. Somehow we’ve learned how to dispute the data being fed to us by the body. We’ve learned how to override the system. I wonder if instead of putting on this brainwave headgear shown in the newspaper article – and willing a drone to fly, we could have the receptors placed in our bodies, and get the body to obey us as if we were in the U of Florida basketball court. Seems like a round-about way to do what we already do directly! The interface equipment costs $500. Hmmm, free sounds better. So, go have fun playing with your own personal interface equipment and do what you really want to do!!
- David Summerfield
David Nutter Summerfield
The following blogs were first published in The Windrinker, a running newsletter published in Bozeman, MT (www.Windrinkers.org). There is a constant attempt at viewing the foibles of long distance runners in a humorous light so we don't take ourselves too seriously.