“Stereo”, by David Cronenberg (1969)


Now that we have some insight into the concept of experiential space, we may consider interaction among the experiential space continua of a highly unique group of individuals.

In general, a study of the varying dimensions of human experience in the context of man in his society is known as human social cybernetics. In our experiment, eight Category-A subjects underwent pattern brain surgery whose program was developed within the academy’s organic computer dialectic system. The object of surgery was to extend, by a process called biochemical induction, the natural, electro-chemical network of the human brain. This extension would provide each subject with telepathic capabilites. A telepathist is one who can communicate with other minds by means which do not involve perception by the senses. Thus, telepathy is a form of extra-sensory perception or ESP.

Our subjects were to be kept in isolation at the institute for three months, where they were to prepare for their first meeting as a group. This meeting was to take place at the academy sanitorium in the Ontario north woods.

Telepathic dependency is an extreme form of psychic addiction. It is essentially an electro-chemical addiction. The dependent, surrending the autonomy of his own nervous system to that of the object of his dependency, and altering his patterns of electro-chemical discharge to mimic those of his object. When the object of dependency is telepathically unavailable for long periods of time the new nervous patterns find themselves suddenly without a constant source of electro-morphological reinforcement… and, severe psychic disorientation begins to manifest itself in the dependent. At its most intense level a frustrated dependency can result in the irreversible destruction of critical brain tissue. In as much as the establishment of a partial telepathic dependency of the subject upon his researcher is an unavoidable part of the parapsychological experimental gestalt, the means to maintain this dependency at a controllable level must be considered an organic element forming that experimental gestalt.

During the institute phase of the induced telepathy series… our subject, possessed of a statistically excessive, dependency susceptibility quotient, wounded himself in the forehead, with a hand drill. The wound, a hole about one-half an inch in diameter, completely penetrated the subject’s skull and seemed to afford him the relief of imagined cranial pressures. Temporary euphoria, and electro-chemical dissociation, which he sought.

It will perhaps clarify these matters if we consider the specific configuration of the Category-A subject. Category-A is a classification which finds its meaning within the scientific metaphysics of the aphrodisiast and theorist Luther Stringfellow. It is not what is usually considered an objective classification. Based for example, upon physical or psychological characteristics. Category-A, is rather a certain field reaction of the researcher to an intensive period of personal interaction with each of his potential subjects. There is also, therefore, the element of an aesthetics of human form in the Category-A system of subject classification.

Dr. Stringfellow made his name as an exponent of the existential organic approach to the sciences, long before his work in the socio-chemistry of the erotic achieved its present international eminence. A Category-A classification is the existential organic methodology put into practice. Dr. Stringfellow has repeatedly stressed the vital necessity for the use of this approach. Particularly, in the new social sciences, where variables are infinite and complexity is of the highest possible order.

The nature of erotic research requires that the sexual emotional involvement of the researcher with each subject be taken to its farthest possible extreme. It is only in this way that the researcher, in whose consciousness a total mosaic of his particular research project exists, can divine in each of his subjects a color, a texture, and a shape. And so assign to that subject, his proper place in the research mosaic. Continuar a ler