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Here’s your chance to witness the hatching of a ridiculous right-wing conspiracy theory

Our friends at RealityChex.com envision the emergence of a wingnut-media headline reading “Obama Planning to Put Chips in Every American Brain” as a result of THIS STORY in The New York Times:

The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.

The project, which the administration has been looking to unveil as early as March, will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.

Scientists with the highest hopes for the project also see it as a way to develop the technology essential to understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,  as well as to find new therapies for a variety of mental illnesses.

Moreover, the project holds the potential of paving the way for advances in artificial intelligence.

The project, which could ultimately cost billions of dollars, is expected to be part of the president’s budget proposal next month. And, four scientists and representatives of research institutions said they had participated in planning for what is being called the Brain Activity Map project.

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  1. Did it hatch yet?

  2. He doesn’t really sound like a right wing kook to me. A kook sure, but not so much right wing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_RappoportJon Rappoport
    Born Jon Rappoport
    (1938-04-16) April 16, 1938 (age 74)
    Education Philosophy studies at Amherst College
    Occupation Investigative journalist
    Vice-President of Truth Seeker Company
    Spouse(s) Dr. Laura Thompson
    Website
    http://www.nomorefakenews.com

    Jon Rappoport (born April 16, 1938) is an American journalist and author, currently living in San Diego, California with his wife, Dr. Laura Thompson, with whom he does much work advocating alternative medicine. He studied philosophy for four years at Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating in 1960. He has published the web site nomorefakenews.com since 2001. He has been an investigative reporter for over 20 years. Rappoport has also authored several non-fiction books. Although his main focus over these years has been the power of the imagination and creativity, he is most often cited and interviewed as an authority on conspiracies and global elites, the work of the latter, as Rappoport sees it, in general being implemented through the seven global cartels, which he identifies as the government, military, money, intelligence, energy, media, and medical. Topics that he has reported on include medical fraud, deep politics, and health issues for newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe, including CBS Healthwatch, Spin, Stern and LA Weekly.[citation needed]

    Rappoport is presently vice-president of the publishing house Truth Seeker Company, Inc.[1] and authors and sells audio CDs on magic,[2] past life regression[3] and development of paranormal abilities.[4]

    As of February 2010, Rappoport hosts his own weekly radio show on the Progressive Radio Network.[5]

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