From Publishers Weekly
Hutchison ( Megabrain ) is one of the pioneer promoters of brain-boosting technology. And while his book proclaims the infinite potential of mind technology and "smart" pills, it also includes this disclaimer: "Some of the devices and procedures described here are experimental in nature. . . . None of the information contained in this book should be construed as a claim or representation that these devices are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease. . . . The use of some of these devices may be dangerous for those who are not in sound mental and physical health." Still, despite these introductory words of caution, Hutchison claims that research conducted by a variety of psychiatrists and psychologists, educators, therapists, physicians and clinicians proves that mind machines do work: they boost IQs, enchance creativity, increase memory and sexual pleasure, alleviate pain and overcome depression and anxiety. None of these assertions is substantiated by specific studies, only by vague allusions to ongoing research. The book catalogues the devices used in brain-mind fitness, such as the flotation tank, designed to provide sensory restriction. Also explained is how technology can be combined with brain-power nutrients for super mind-expansion. Mind enhancement through machines and nutrients is a seductive thought: Who wouldn't want to boost their IQ if all they had to do was soak in an isolation tank? But Hutchison is too uncritical an advocate of the nascent technology, and his book, though entertaining and skillfully written, is a manual of a pseudo-science, to be consumed with a shaker of salt.
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