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One may wear the hat in the belief that it acts to shield the brain from such influences as electromagnetic fields, or against mind control and/or mind reading; or attempt to limit the transmission of voices directly into the brain.
Originally posted by Praetorius
reply to post by darkredfish
Good info from the posters so far.
Warning: some studies have shown that tinfoil may have the opposite effect of what is desired and amplify signals. Best going with something along the lines of a variety of faraday cage if you're paranoid.
Actually, this poster is correct... One of the nuttier ideas in the conspiracy world is that wearing a tin foil hat would prevent the aliens from reading your mind, hence the term, to apply to more of the whack-job conspiracy element.
Originally posted by gabby2011
reply to post by darkredfish
Uhh no, I just was wondering if anyone knew what tin foil hats where for.
Did you read any of the info in some of the links I sent you?
edit on 28-10-2011 by gabby2011 because: (no reason given)
Lawrence Pinneo, a neurophysiologist and electronic engineer working for Stanford Research Institute (a leading military contractor), "developed a computer system capable of reading a person’ s mind. It correlated brain waves on an electroencephalograph with specific commands. Twenty years ago the computer responded with a dot on a TV screen. Nowadays it could be the input to a stimulator (ESB) in advanced stages using radio frequencies" 
Additional studies conducted by Dr. Ewen Cameron, and funded by the CIA, were directed towards erasing memory and imposing new personalities on unwilling patients. Cameron discovered that electroshock treatment caused amnesia. He set about a programme that he called "de-patterning" which had the effect of erasing the memory of selected patients. Further work revealed that subjects could be transformed into a virtual blank machine (Tabula Rasa) and then be re-programmed with a technique which he termed "psychic driving". Such was the bitter public outrage, once his work was revealed (as a result of FOIA searches) that Cameron was forced to retire in disgrace.
From 1965 through to 1970, Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), with up to 70-80% funding provided by the military, set in motion operation PANDORA to study the health and psychological effects of low intensity microwaves with regard to the so called "Moscow signal". This project appears to have been quite extensive and included (under US Navy funding) studies demonstrating how to: induce heart seizures, create leaks in the blood brain barrier and production of auditory hallucinations. Despite attempts to render the Pandora programme invisible to scrutiny, FOIA filings revealed memoranda of Richard Cesaro, Director, DARPA, which confirmed that the programme’s initial goal was to "discover whether a carefully controlled microwave signal could control the mind." Cesaro urged that these studies be made "for potential weapons applications."
Dr. Emery Horvath, a professor of physics at Harvard University has stated in connection to the generator that interferes with human brain waves that, "These electronic ’skull-zappers’ are designed to invade the mind and short circuit its synapses... in the hands of government technicians, it may be used to disorient entire crowds, or to manipulate individuals into self destructive acts. It’s a terrifying weapon."
In a 1993 US Air Command and Staff College paper entitled "Non Lethal Technology and Air Power", authors Maj. Jonathan W. Klaaren (USAF) and Maj. Ronald S. Mitchell (USAF) outlined selected NLT weapons. These included: "Acoustic" (pulsed/attenuated high-intensity sound, infrasound (very low frequency) Polysound (high volume, distracting) High-power microwaves (HPM) that possessed the capability of "deters/incapacitates people