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In our new release book GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ, we explore the value of sensory deprivation, or sendep, as a genius learning technique.

Our exploration into sendep actually began when we researched little known and hidden learning techniques for the fictitious orphans in The Orphan Factory, book two in our international thriller series. That was around a decade ago. In that book, our young charges receive some of their education in enclosed flotation tanks, also known as isolation tanks.

Floating inside isolation tanks of course is a type of sensory deprivation.

The following excerpt from Genius Intelligence includes more about the potential benefits of using sensory deprivation to boost intelligence: 

Sendep is achieved by reducing or completely removing stimuli from one or more senses. Certain brain glands, such as the pineal gland, are known to become more active in this state of reduced sensory perception.

Isolation tanks were invented in 1954 by American physician and neuroscientist John C. Lilly as a way to test the effects of sensory deprivation on the brain and also study the origin of consciousness itself.

Lilly proved that brainwaves are considerably altered while in this deeply relaxed state, making the floating participants very receptive to new information.

The ingredients of isolation tank sessions are simply water and salt, and the individual floats alone for about an hour inside the lightless, soundproof tank. The experience has been likened by many to being inside the womb.

 

 

 

LEFT: A coffin-like flotation tank.

BELOW: A flotation tank in use.

Celebrities known to have used such flotation tanks include Robin Williams, John Lennon, Jeff Bridges, Joe Rogan and Susan Sarandon.

William Hurt, the star of Altered States – a 1980 feature film based on Paddy Chayefsky’s novel of the same name and loosely inspired by John C. Lilly’s isolation tank experiments – is another celebrity said to have practiced sensory deprivation in his private life.

William Hurt's primary photo

William Hurt…a floater?

Various sports teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys have also used flotation tanks, as have Olympians such as American track star and nine-time gold medal-winner Carl Lewis.

You’ll recall how in earlier chapters we mentioned that the subconscious mind can be accessed more readily when individuals operate in less common brainwaves such as alpha, theta, delta or gamma.

Well, numerous studies have shown that during flotation tank sessions a transition from everyday beta brainwaves to alpha and theta brainwaves nearly always occurs in participants. Such brainwaves are usually only accessible just before, during or after sleep, or otherwise whilst in deep meditation.

 

“I think it’s one of the most incredible pieces of equipment for self-help and introspective thought that you could ever find.” –Joe Rogan quoted in an Oct. 12, 2012 article in The Atlantic

 

Being in the theta brainwave is known to be extremely conducive for super learning as well as stimulating other positive interrelated effects such as problem solving, achieving emotional stability and heightened creativity.

Studies have also shown the more regularly a participant does floatation tank sessions, the longer the theta brainwaves last during and after a session.

In the early 1990’s, research conducted at Ohio State University showed that floatation sessions improve accuracy in rifle shooting, creativity in musicians and concentration in students before exams.

Research in Europe has also shown significant reductions in stress levels are achieved by regular floaters.

However, floating in isolation tanks is just one way to achieve sensory deprivation.

The raw equivalent of floatation sessions is often carried out in scientific laboratories where subjects lie on a bed in a totally dark room with no sound. Even more basic forms of sendep can be achieved with the use of simple items such as hoods, earplugs or blindfolds.

We should also note (but not recommend!) other more extreme forms of sendep do exist. These include food deprivation, torture techniques and even methods that involve putting one’s life at risk such as breath play … Yes, as in the BDSM technique that employs oxygen starvation to increase sexual pleasure by making other senses more sensitive.

A March 2, 2014 article published on the Listverse site, listing secret habits of geniuses, mentions an additional and highly unusual form of sendep.

The writer reports that Japanese inventor Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu, who prefers to be called Sir Dr. NakaMats, uses an obscure and dangerous sendep technique to receive ideas for his greatest inventions. These (inventions) include his revolutionary creation of the floppy disk in 1952.

The article states, “Many of his greatest ideas hit him when he was close to drowning. Dr. NakaMats believes in the mental benefits of long, airless stints underwater.”

Dr. NakaMats is quoted as saying, “To starve the brain of oxygen, you must dive deep and allow the water pressure to deprive the brain of blood. Zero-point-five seconds before death, I visualize an invention.”

The eccentric inventor apparently writes down his ideas on a notepad underwater before swimming back to the surface.

It goes without saying, we definitely don’t recommend trying this form of sendep!

 

To read more about sensory deprivation check out GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ http://www.amazon.com/GENIUS-INTELLIGENCE-Techniques-Technologies-Underground-ebook/dp/B00QXQQWXO/

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To view the discussion thread on genius intelligence (the phenomenon) in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group on Goodreads check out: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-29-conspiracy-theories—a-discussion-group >>> Everyone’s welcome!

 

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Other genius techniques of the elite

The Orphan Trilogy covers numerous advanced learning methods – Baroque music being one. This form of classical music is played to our orphans from when they are babies in the womb right through their childhood.

Baroque music and classical – especially the works of Mozart – has been shown to aid students when learning new things or recalling information.

In The Orphan Factory, book two in our trilogy, the orphans lie in enclosed flotation tanks, also known as isolation tanks. This is called sensory deprivation. Brainwaves are altered while in this deeply relaxed state, making the floating participants very receptive to new information.

We explore this and other advanced learning methods in our book THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

The ingredients of real-world flotation sessions are simply water and salt, and the individual floats alone for about an hour inside the tank.

Celebrities known to have used such flotation tanks include Robin Williams, John Lennon, Jeff Bridges and Susan Sarandon. William Hurt, the star of Altered States, a 1980 feature film about isolation tanks, is another celebrity said to have practiced sensory deprivation in his private life.

William Hurt's primary photo Primary image for Altered States

William Hurt…star of ‘Altered States’ and practitioner of sensory deprivation.

Various sports teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys have also used flotation tanks, as have Olympians such as American track star and nine-time gold medal-winner Carl Lewis.

There are references to chess throughout the trilogy. Our orphans play rapid-fire matches known as Lightning Chess in which entire games are completed in 10 minutes or less. This is based on the theory that by playing the board game from a young age, certain parts of a child’s brain develop quicker than normal, especially areas relating to strategy. Playing Lightning Chess and multiple games simultaneously once again relates to thinking so fast that the conscious mind must yield to the superior subconscious.

And finally, a mysterious substance known as Ormus is given to the orphans every day at the Pedemont Orphanage. By ingesting it, the children activate their entire DNA/RNA cellular system, which not only unlocks their physical body’s true potential, but also stimulates their conscious, subconscious and unconscious minds.

Often referred to as White Gold or White Gold Powder, Ormus is a real substance discovered by science several decades ago. As it has been said to balance both hemispheres of the brain and therefore allow for whole brain learning, some believe Ormus to be a natural (legal) version of the smart drug Bradley Cooper’s character took in the 2011 movie Limitless. Studies have proven whole brain learning is the ideal state for gaining new knowledge. (See Chapter 9 for more on White Gold).

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From the examples given in this chapter alone, it should now be clear there have always been individuals learning at speeds many or most mainstream educationalists would have us believe are not possible. From US presidents like JFK and Roosevelt, to CIA agents and great polymaths such as Leonardo da Vinci, to savants like Kim Peek and Daniel Tammet, history’s full of people achieving intellectual feats well beyond the norm.

We concede it cannot be proven that elite groups are withholding some of the most advanced learning methods from mainstream society. Hence it remains a ‘conspiracy theory’. Even so, it’s pretty obvious that little known, accelerated learning techniques do exist.

But remember, we could be totally wrong about everything we wrote on the genius mindset here and in The Orphan Trilogy. Also, it’s probably time to admit neither of us has ever done an IQ test…For all we know we could both be as thick as bricks! In which case, you’d be wise not to drop out of university or spend any time researching the accelerated learning methods we’ve outlined in this chapter.

 

Read more in The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/

A book that’s for the common people...the 99%

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