Cocaine, marijuana, tobacco, alcohol --
the usual drugs and their dangers are familiar to most children and
parents alike. Is sound an equally dangerous "gateway
As preposterous as that idea sounds, it's
precisely what the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics claims.
They are warning parents of a dangerous new drug -- binaural
sound.Binaural sound, first discovered in 1839 by Heinrich
Wilhelm Dove, indeed has a profound impact on brain waves.
However, in the past this impact has shown to be generally positive,
with side effects such as reduced anxiety and pain relief.Oklahoma
officials are convinced, though, that it's just the latest way for
kids to get high. They call it "i-dosing" and claim
that "digital dealers" are selling children the aural
equivalent of crack in their eyes.Oklahoma Bureau of
Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman Mark Woodward comments, "Kids
are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it
can lead them to other places."Woodward claims that
binaural sounds are similar to getting high on marijuana, cocaine,
opium, and peyote. He also claims that children are buying a
40-page instruction manual that instructs them on how to locate and
get high off the droning tracks. He also claims that the
"digital drugs" will take children down a dark path of self
destruction and harder drugs.Oklahoma Mustang Public
School district is already looking to kick off the cyberwar on
cyberdrugs. It has sent parents a warning letter and banned
iPods in school lest the children start getting high in the
hallways. It is also keeping a wary eye on cell phone use at
school.Are government officials in Oklahoma smoking the
whacky pipe? Or will future presidents be forced to claim in
embarrassment that they put on the headphones, but didn't
listen?We're not condoning drug use or anything, but here's
some binaural tracks to check out for yourself: "Gates
of Hades", "Pearl
Jam - Nothing As It Seems", "Pearl
Jam - Of The Girl".
quote: If the government gets wind of too many things that feel good or cause joy, we might not have much left, right? After all, life must be full of pain and suffering and any fun that we might have is bad--at least, to this gestapo.
quote: Another example? Christianity labeling sexual behavior as original sin as a punishable and damnable transgression. This results in a forced and difficult sublimation of sexual urges. The resulting stress may cause some to discover new continents but mostly this increases male competitiveness and teenage angst. Know anyone who has drugs, alcohol included, available for use on a date just to seal the deal? Perhaps another byproduct of virtue? What about the current political discord and lack of civility between the two U.S. political parties? How does that control us and who does that serve?
quote: Another example? Christianity labeling sexual behavior as original sin as a punishable and damnable transgression
quote: There are tracks that are supposed to effect emotions out of the listener.
quote: Woodward claims that binaural sounds are similar to getting high on marijuana, cocaine, opium, and peyote.