How to perform Jedi mind control tricks using neuroscience

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…” With those words, Obi Wan Kenobi inspired a generation of nerdy young men to try their hands at performing Jedi mind control tricks to get other people to do their bidding. It turns out, however, that you don’t need any special powers to perform tricks similar to the ones practiced by Jedi in the Star Wars films — instead, all you need is a little knowledge of neuroscience. FROM EARLIER: Town kills solar farm project for fear it’ll consume the sun and prevent photosynthesis A graduate student in neuroscience at UCSD who goes by the online identity of Alie Astrocyte has put together a video explaining how you can use subtle psychology to influence others. So for instance, when Kenobi tells those imperial storm troopers that these…

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