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Study Suggests Magnets Can Force You to Tell the Truth 320

Estonian researchers claim that magnets can either force you to lie or make it impossible. Subjects in the study had magnets placed at either the left or the right side of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and the results suggest that the individual was either unable to tell the truth or unable to lie depending on which side was stimulated. From the article: "Last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also used powerful magnets to disrupt the area said to be the brain's 'moral compass,' situated behind the right ear, making people temporarily less moral."
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Study Suggests Magnets Can Force You to Tell the Truth

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  • by cobrausn ( 1915176 ) on Friday September 09, 2011 @11:59AM (#37352368)
    Funny story.

    Friend of mine was driving back home from grad school for a short vacation. Got pulled over by some state troopers on the way home. Apparently he was driving a road that is frequented by drug runners from mexico and his little compact car was stuffed to the point of overflowing with random possessions. Trooper asks to search his car. He says no.

    Trooper then calls in a K-9 unit after mumbling something to himself, which walks around the car for many minutes without once alarming (barking). Obviously annoyed at this damned citizen who won't let him do what he wants, the trooper then moves my friend behind his police car and goes back to the car with the K-9 trooper. My friend sees them kick the car to get the dog to bark, and the troopers come over and inform him that the dog barking gives them right to search the car. They then spend the next half hour throwing his possessions all over the side of the highway. They found nothing and went on their way.

    Moral of the story is - it doesn't matter. The more authority we surrender, the more our 'rights' become meaningless in the face of an overwhelming corporate/government bureaucracy that protects its own rights over yours.
  • wow (Score:4, Interesting)

    by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Friday September 09, 2011 @12:41PM (#37352916) Journal

    It sounds about as credible as phrenology, so I'll await confirmation.

    But in the meantime, think about the impact this would have on society if there was truly a way (temporary, harmless) to prevent people from lying.

    How many marriages would survive?
    What would happen if 435 congressmen simultaneously "decided to retire...immediately"?

    Would the resulting society even be recognizable?

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