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Mega Brain Power: Transform Your Life With Mind Machines and Brain Nutrients Paperback – March 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562827707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562827700
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Michael Hutchison's career as a writer had an unexpectedly adventurous beginning. Under contract to write a book about Central America in the 1970s, he took up residence in the ancient home of an owner of a coffee finca, long abandoned. He arrived in Guatemala to find out that revolutions were taking place throughout the entire peninsula of Central America. In Guatemala, the ruling dictator's troops, secretly armed by American forces led by the CIA, were pursuing a program of systematically murdering entire villages of the native Mayan peoples. He himself was picked up by one of these feared "death squads",lined up with their knees on the edge of the cliff and their hands tied behind their backs with electrical cord, along with hundreds of other Mayan villagers. The death squads walked down the line systematically shooting each man, woman and child in the back of the head, after which they fell into the ravine. Hutchison was able to escape, but he found that this kind of systematic genocide was happening all over Guatemala, with hundreds of thousands of Mayan Indians being murdered for no reason except that they may have sympathy for the revolutionary forces. This happened to Hutchison again in Guatemala, and then again in El Salvador, then in Nicaragua.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2001
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I have read and re-read this book many times. It is absolutely a must read for anyone caught in the fight/flight response, and that includes about 80% of the population. some day people might figure out that the majority of the problems we face regarding mental and emotional disabilities are just a flight/fight response of varying degrees. Early trauma results in fear and that fear rules the sub-conscious. Block that fear with cranial electrical stimulation and other devices that are capable of moving the homeostatic nature of the brain, and the symptoms of most things in the DSM-iv will remediate. Hutchison interviewed about every researcher in the country that was of any importance. He was respected by all of them with his ability to grasp what they were saying. After reading this book look into the fact that the more you put brain chemicals into your body in the form of psychotropic drugs, the less the brain makes those chemicals on its own, like it should. A healthy brain will make healthy chemicals on its own. An unhealthy brain is better moved by stimulation of devices rather that pills. It appears that the brain is self correcting on its own with the technologies discussed in this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timaeus on October 10, 2005
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This is a good guide to brain-tech, and really the only one that serves it's purpose. It is, as other reviewers have mentioned, quite dated, and there are many products out on the market now which just aren't in this book. Obviously, however, an intelligent consumer can supplement their reading of this book with research on the web to find out about the products that are out now. I discovered the floatation tank, CES, integrated motion systems, smart drugs, sound tables and many other useful tools through this book. I got started in all this stuff by buying a light and sound machine from a magazine advertisement, 15 years ago, and until reading Megabrain I didn't know about the other stuff. CES has greatly enhanced my life, and soon I'm going to buy a floatation tank now that I can afford it. Simply put, there is no other book that concentrates all of these and other items into one single book. That is why this is the only book that is going to make people aware that so many of these things exist. For example: I know plenty of people who are aware of the floatation tank, but not aware of CES. I also know people who are aware of light and sound machines, but not aware of floatation. This is why, no matter how dated the book is, it's going to remain a classic for those who might potentially become true connoissieurs of brain-tech, and indispensible to the explorer who is just beginning. The writing style is admittedly, very periodical-like, however I don't see a problem with this since it is basically a consumer guide. The book shouldn't really attempt to tell you every little thing you can do with each and every gadget, it can only give you a bit of the theory behind each product, and give you a general idea of what it does. I do think, however, that the author should consider coming out with a new edition or perhaps start from scratch with an entirely new book that fulfills the same purpose.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
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This book explores the use of Light and Sound machines, for improving your life. It also covers various other machines and mind tools as well. I for one can vouch for the use of one of these machines. It has literally changed my life. I highly recommend this book. It is the best one out there on the subject.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. T Mauro on June 3, 2002
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Some day this book will be looked at as the seminal work on the power of mind tools and society will realize their importance.
It's all about stimulation and evolution of the mind. Most of us carry too much fear from our childhood, then get lost in coping with the stress of adult life. The healthy person has the ability to easily take on new experiences and thus pushing the brain to further growth and expansion. Life is intrinsically evolutionary and we are made to evolve and explore our world. Hutchison shows us ways of using neurotechnology to stimulate the brain, and thus moving us to states and experiences we would be frightened to take on in real life. It's these enriched enviornments that bring us to states of evolutionary growth, which in turn enhances our outward experience of the world around us.
So take a trip with a mind tool and provide some enrichment to your dull, fear-ridden brain. This book will help you feel better about yourself and bring you to mental states you never imagined!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian Merrick on November 25, 2003
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Mega Brain Power is a book written by journalist turned author Michael Hutchison. This is the third book written by Hutchison regarding mind technology. The first book was about floatation tanks and the second was titled MegaBrain.
Basically as the story goes, Hutchison was asked by his editor to do a story on some new technology regarding mind enhancement. The rest is as we shall say, history. Hutchison was the main public spokesperson for the industry during the mid 80's and 90's.
There are a few things I'd like to say about this book. Number one is that it is not a scholarly book. It is written in a sensationalistic style that often crosses the line of objectivity. By the time you're done reading it, you will be convinced that every problem you have could be erradicated by using a light/sound machine. This is not to say that there isn't a lot of good info here. The book excells in the areas of reviewing the various kinds of so called "mind-machines" that were available at the time. I think the reviews regarding the practical sides of these machines is probably 75% accurate. BUT, the scientific validity of the effectiveness of these devices is still very much in question.

I purchased some of the gadgets in this book and I think they do have some benefit. Do they achieve the fantastic results stated in this book? Not in my experience. I think they are intersting and fun, but this book can be very misleading. Some the claims it makes would make a tabloid editor proud! I think Hutchison did much to popularize this technology, but it is still very much in development.
Last I heard about Hutchison was that he had been in an accident that left him quadriplegic. There is an interview on the web if you look for it. I wish him well. He seems to have an open mind about the possibilities of life.
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