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by DAVID AXE
Did you see the new movie The Men Who Stare at Goats? Remember Stephen Lang’s character General Dean Hopgood — the grinning, white-haired officer who championed Jeff Bridges’ character’s notion of psychic warriors? Well, Hopgood’s based on a real guy, an Army Major General Albert Stubblebine, now retired. Stubblebine was a big proponent of the real-life psychic-soldier programs that inspired the fictional Goats. He’s also a 9/11 skeptic.
The movie connection has gotten Stubblebine’s supporters all excited. And trust me, you don’t want to get these guys riled up. David Leffler, an advocate for a military meditation strategy called “Invincible Defense Technology,” defends Stubblebine on the IDT Website. Stubblebine “is satirically portrayed as attempting to walk through walls without success,” the site reads. “While there may be some truth to this, in reality, [Major General] Stubblebine was an intelligent pioneer in the development of human resource technologies. He understood the latent potential of the human mind that warriors would eventually be trained to harness.”
And what, according to Leffler, does this potential represent? To recap, Invincible Defense Technology practitioners access, via meditation, what they describe as an invisible “Unified Field” that connects all people.
Like energetic radio waves, accessing the Unified Field through techniques of consciousness causes “field effects” in the surrounding social environments. Therefore, the field effects of the Unified Field enhance the orderliness of social relations. Orderliness reduces friction and its social equivalent: enmity. With no enmity between them, former enemies become allies, and the nations become invincible because there are no enemies to fight.
Uh huh. For the record, this military meditation emerged from the same Iowa-based Maharishi School of Management, which teaches a lot of things, but certainly not management. Among the school’s practices: Yogic Flying, a supposed form of brain-powered levitation. Check out the video to see some Yogic Fliers in action.
Looks a lot like bouncing to me.
(Video: National Geographic)