Science: Feed-Back to Idiocy

At the University of Illinois last week, Dr. Grant Fairbanks was having a fine time with a fiendish apparatus specially designed to turn sane human beings into temporary gibbering idiots. It does the dirty work by the cybernetic trick of tinkering with the "feedback" system that monitors human speech.

One of the methods of cybernetics (the science of control mechanism) is to look for similarities between the human nervous system and the brighter man-made machines. One of these is the feedback: some means by which either the brain or a machine keeps track of...

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