I can’t stop bioweapon-wielding assassins, but I can stop this

Technological weapons attack our minds every day… and we welcome it. You don’t have to be a victim, though – learn to defend yourself in minutes.

A thought that sometimes circles my mind: it is ridiculously easy to get a sample of someone’s DNA. You leave actual fingerprints everywhere but if you’re paranoid, or cold, then a pair of gloves defeats that. Your genes, though? You can’t walk into a room without seeding it with your code.

And genes tell you a lot more than fingerprints do.

There’s a common trope in science fiction about viruses that only target The Enemy. They go after something in their genetic code and rip them to pieces.

You don’t need to go that far, because it’s getting awful cheap to read DNA. If you have an allergy to something innocuous or a tendency towards certain illnesses, you tell the world every time you enter a room.

I read about this in an article years ago. Part of me wonders if these technology-fuelled assassinations have already happened.

After all, how would we know? It’d look a lot like an accident…

I can’t stop bioweapon-wielding assassins from using your own biology against you.

(Yet.)

But there is another menace of technology I can prevent. Instead of genes, this one uses memes.

You’ve heard the stories. They call it fake news and whatnot. A cute name for overt psychological warfare.

Are evil foreign hackers undermining your democracy?

Eh, probably.

Even if they weren’t, we’d still have a problem. Fake news isn’t a bug in social media – it’s a feature. The all-mighty algorithms put the most engaging material in front of you.

And what makes something engaging?

Well, if it outrages you, that’s a good start.

People consider ideas but they don’t engage with them. Well, that’s not true – people toy with ideas all the time. But what’s the best way to make something persuasive, memorable and fun?

Use humour, tell a story or add a little surprise.

In other words, you use emotions. Feelings are the sugar that help the ideas medicine go down.

So if you build a system – a society – on the principle of feeding the flames at the speed of software…

Well, either Russians will hack your brain or marketers will.

But there is a way to escape the cycle. It lets you cool your limbic system and add a little dispassion to your life. You quit the dopamine farm, truly relax and get back to thinking your own thoughts.

Really thinking them, unhijacked by digitised sensationalism.

Free to reconstruct a dialogue with your own mind and body.

Remembering what it’s like to experience, connect and simply be.

Sound quaint, naïve or impossible? I’m talking about your brain’s default setting – if it’s anything but natural to you, you’re in trouble.

And doesn’t that make me a hypocrite, using fear to sell the message of transcending emotional manipulation?

It sure does – but a noble one, I hope. Because if this works (and it does) then that’s a sign you need help.

And help, I shall provide.

Simple neuroscience techniques can help you right now. You can apply it in real time as you learn it. Then you can spend a lifetime mastering it.

And that will be a lifetime well spent.

When your computer gets corrupted, you reboot it. When your mind does, you can do the same – a pleasant and relaxing experience that also resets your thinking.

It’s great for handling any pesky thoughts – those lingering loops distracting and undermining you. Things like old memories you can’t shake, gripping emotions and, yes, addictions like social media.

Read this book, follow the exercises and you will change.

Is that a guarantee?

There are no such things. But the science is rock-solid on this – everyone can improve their mind.

You can begin the transformation right here:

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