he explains, “are like an auditory mirror for your
mind.” The trainee is taken through a series of survey questions and alpha suppression and enhancement exercises. Numbered scores appear on the
computer display, providing more feedback to
the trainee. Hardt won’t tell me how much “
objective time” each trainee spends in the chamber.
Wristwatches are confiscated at the door.
After each session in the chamber, the trainees
retire to the “canopy room,” a lounge that reminds
me of a cheaply decorated chill-out room at a rave.
Here, Hardt or his staff debrief with the trainees
about their time in the chamber.
The cycle repeats every day for a week per training,
with various levels of training offered. (Prepay for 12
trainings and you get a 30% discount!) It’s not until
the more advanced trainings, though, that Hardt’s
vision for a global brain comes into play. Shared alpha
biofeedback trainings involve two students pairing up
in one chamber to synch their own alpha states and
“jam together,” Hardt explains, “with one playing the
(psychic) oboe and the other the violin.”
Those shared sessions are practice for the
Hardt sits, wired with eight scalp electrodes, in one of
the Biocybernaut Institutes’s four brain wave training
chambers. Multiple speakers deliver separate feedback
tones in response to activity in four parts of the brain.
mental orchestra Hardt hopes to help conduct
in the future. He believes that with 5 to 10 billion
Biocybernaut students all linked up, a self-reflexive
human superconsciousness may emerge. When
I ask him how that could possibly work at a cost
of $15,000 a head just for the basic training, he
explains that economies of scale could cut the cost
in half. As a step in that direction, he’s planning to
open new centers in Canada and two in Austria this
year. Then it would just be a matter of getting, say,
the U.S. military to subsidize the training cost with a
percentage of the annual defense budget.
“After we were done, there’d be so much mind
power that they wouldn’t need a defense budget.”
MAKE Editor-at-Large David Pescovitz is co-editor of
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