posted on Dec, 19 2012 @ 04:53 PM
reply to post by CIAGypsy
I don't know about 'project superman' but there was a collection of somewhat similar projects at Bragg in 80-83, named several different things, none
of them "superman", but there was one called "jedi" and another "optimal path" that, while not brainwashing you to jump off of buildings (why would
that be a goal?) did try to allow soldiers to reframe the circumstances they were in in order to get control of their autonomic responses.
For example, a thing I heard said more than once was "if you can walk this 2x4 six inches off the ground, why can't you do it 50 feet up? There's no
real difference", and in truth there's not, except one I can do easily and one I can't. If you could bypass that on demand, it would be a really big
improvement in some circumstances.
Another would be, say, CQC with a knife. I can get on the floor with you with a rubber knife and bag gloves and whale away on you like Jack the
Ripper. In reality, that's a lot tougher because I don't want to get cut and there's always this hesitancy about gutting someone like a perch even if
you are a Real Life Tough Noob. You get over that (they say) but what if you could come out of your specialty school and be as hard core as a seasoned
operator, without that pesky five year whacking-your-head-off-with-my-BMF-is-no-challenge learning curve? More to the point, it would also be nice to
be able to dismiss your adrenaline response (mostly) going into a firefight, because then you wouldn't be overfocused, exhausted and muscle-shaky.
Especially getting rid of "buck fever" as a long-shot artist would be good. For some, all that would come in time. But for others, it's always a
bother, and it takes time. Be nice to get there easier.
Alas, it didn't work that well.
edit to add: optimal path had a lot of other facets to it, which also didn't work out, but were a lot better in concept than teaching you to jump off
buildings and die for Jesus or whatever.
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