Submitted by David Livingstone on Fri, 05/02/2014 – 20:51

Consider how all this ties together: Stewart Brand is a board member of the Long Now Foundation, along with David Eagleman, who worked with James Eagan Holmes, the infamous orange-haired Colorado shooter. Brand was a key agent of MK-Ultra, who offset concerns that the Cybernetics Group’s plan of developing the “personal computer” was aimed at creating Big Brother, by marketing it as a tool to empower the masses. Eagleman, for his part, is now carrying on the legacy, having recently written Why The Net Matters: How the Internet Will Save Civilization, which Brand referred to as a “breakthrough work.”

But, contrary to media depictions of him, Holmes was an extremely brilliant young man, before something went horribly wrong, after he became interested in study neuroscience, a field too closely associated with the sinister aspects of the hidden powers-that-be.

A video can be found on YouTube where Holmes summarizes the work he did at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., where he attended the eight-week summer camp when he was eighteen. Holmes happened to have focused on the study of Reversal of Temporal Order Judgment, a subject which Eagleman happens to specialize in.

Who is David Eagleman? He is a neuroscientist and writer at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a council member in the World Economic Forum, and a New York Times bestselling author published in 27 languages. Eagleman has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Discover, Slate, The Atlantic, Wired, and been profiled on television programs as The Colbert Report and on the scientific program Nova Science Now. Stewart Brand wrote that “David Eagleman may be the best combination of scientist and fiction-writer alive.”[1]

But Eagleman is also a liar.

Eagleman is particularly interested in people’s subjective interpretations of reality. For example, numerous experimental findings suggest that people’s perception of time can be manipulated by repeated exposure to non-simultaneous stimuli. In an experiment conducted by Eagleman, a temporal order judgment reversal was induced in subjects by exposing them to delayed motor consequences. Eagleman writes that his long-range goal is “to understand how neural signals processed by different brain regions come together for a temporally unified picture of the world.”[2]

Curiously, however, when USA Today reported, “Neuroscientists debunk idea Colorado suspect was supersmart,” the authority they referred to was David Eagleman. Eagleman lied that Holmes’ credentials were no better than those of an average student.[3] Of Holmes, he said, “He was just a second-year grad student… He didn’t know anything.”

But, according to University of California, Riverside (UCR) recommendation letters submitted to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), Holmes graduated in the top 1% of his class with a 3.949 GPA. The UCR letters also described Holmes as “a very effective group leader’’ and a person who “takes an active role in his education, and brings a great amount of intellectual and emotional maturity into the classroom.”[4] “James received excellent evaluations from the professors and graduate students with whom he worked and was mentored.”[5]

The names of those who wrote the references letters, however, were blacked out.[6]

But somehow Eagleman suggested that at Salk Holmes had a reputation as a “dolt.”

Likewise, John Jacobson, a former researcher at Salk whom Holmes listed as his mentor during the camp, told the Los Angeles Times that the teenager was a “mediocre” student who was stubborn and did not listen to direction. Jacobson told the newspaper Holmes “should not have gotten into the summer program. His grades were mediocre. I’ve heard him described as brilliant. This is extremely inaccurate.”

Eagleman and Jacobson obviously had something to hide. What was it?

In June 2011, Holmes enrolled as a PhD student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.[7] He received a $21,600 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH, a biomedical research facility primarily located in Bethesda, Maryland. An agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research.

Holmes also received a $5,000 stipend from the University of Colorado, Denver.[8] The letter accepting Holmes into the program read, “Your personal and professional qualities are truly outstanding,” and “you will be an excellent match for our program.”[9] At least two researchers were vying for Holmes to join their laboratories, and the school offered him a stipend $22,600 per year and free tuition. Though Holmes received a letter of acceptance to UIUC, where he was offered the $22,600 stipend and free tuition, he declined their offer without specifying a reason.[10]

University of Colorado officials have declined to release Holmes’ records, citing a Colorado judge’s gag order that does not apply to other states.[11]

Holmes’ defense attorneys claimed in a motion he was a “psychiatric patient” of the medical director of Anschutz’s Student Mental Health Services prior to the Aurora shooting; however, the prosecution disagrees with that claim. Four days after the release of the defense attorney’s motion, the judge required this information to be blacked out. CBS News later reported that Holmes met with at least three mental health professionals at the University of Colorado prior to the massacre.

Obviously, like most MK-Ultra Manchurian candidates, including Sirhan Sirhan, John Hinckley Jr. and the Unabomber, the media did a skillful job of painting the tragic incident in Aurora as an inexplicable occurrence perpetrated by a deranged individual.

[1] Introduction to Eagleman lecture at the Long Now Foundation, April 1, 2010.
[2] Eagleman Lab website, retrieved on 2009-02-08
[3] Marisol Bello and Dan Vergano, Updated 7/25/2012 []
[4] “Man accused in Colo. shooting was accepted to UIUC”. 5 NBC Chicago. August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Ibid.
[7] “Shooting Suspect Was Graduate Student At Colorado Medical School”. WLEX-TV. 20 July 2012.
[8] “James Holmes received thousands from grad-school grants ahead of deadly Aurora shooting”. CBS This Morning (CBS News). Retrieved July 25, 2012.;  “University: CO shooting suspect had federal grant”. The Seattle Times. Associated Press. July 21, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
[9] “Man accused in Colo. shooting was accepted to UIUC”.
[10] Ibid.
[11] Ibid.

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