Science: Preparation for Brainwashing

Depriving the human mind of all sensation is the best preparation for brainwashing. Dr. Robert H. Felix, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, recently told the Senate Appropriations Committee about a new mind-purging technique worked out by Dr. John C. Lilly, one of his Institute colleagues.

Serving as his own guinea pig, Dr. Lilly stripped himself naked, put on a skin-diver's mask for breathing, and was suspended face down in a tank of warm, slowly flowing water. In this "dead man's float" position, he was almost as out of this world as if he were still unborn....

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