Why are we obsessed with playing with our brains? Is it because we understand the least about our thought processes and that unknown threatens us? Does God live in the mind? If we puncture the blood-brain barrier, have we finally captured the magic behind the red velvet rope line?
Here’s a semiotic history of our playing with brains:
1. Trepanning: Drilling holes in our brains to help us “think better.”
2. Lobotomies: Used to control sexual desire and irreverent behavior.
3. Electric Shock Therapy: To help lift a depressed mind.
4. Panopticonic Thought: Mind control for military pleasure.
Is the power of our brain in our not really understanding how it works — or do we understand enough about the brain to know we must control its perceptions, analysis and ability to store information?