“Are you even authorized to be here?”
“Yes of course. I have been alloted this area to carry out highly confidential work that only a few souls in all the world know about!”
“I did not know that there was a private research laboratory in the deep recesses of the Large Hadron Collider.”
“There very much is. Listen, during the first decade of its existence, the LHC was closed off many times. And people outside of the core group and also the world at large was informed about technical snags, glitches in performance, the works. We, on the other hand were working our asses off at that time to cover up the discovery that we had made!”
“Whoa! Should I be here then? Isn’t this the part where you say that if I tell you, I will have to kill you?”
“Relax. I am a scientist, not a cheap actor in a B grade movie, masquerading as a spy!”
“So, what is this unique discovery then, John?”
John did not answer. He led Rueben into a room, at the centre of which was a round table. On the table, rested a device made of translucent material, a sort which Rueben had never seen before. There was a spherical glow emanating from the bottom of it. The device had a protrusion, much like the ones seen on automatic weapons.
“John, please tell me that you have not invented a WMD”
“No, no. No, no, no!”. John was particularly agitated now. There was a nervous energy around him. Kind of like when a child is introduced to a new toy. “No, no. Of course not. This device here, this magnificent machine, is for reading minds!”.
“OK. So where is everyone? Where are the hidden cameras? I’m being taken for a ride, aren’t I?”
“No, no. Working underground for so many years has made you a cynic. I will make you a believer. Just get me a rat from the cages over there.”
John pointed the muzzle of the device towards the rat and turned it on. A screen on an adjacent wall came to life. There was a noise like muffled thunder, as if someone had suppressed lightning while it was striking. And then, an image of cheese appeared on the screen.
“See! The rat is thinking about food. Its hungry! This device has worked unerringly on all the animals we have tested. We discovered a unique particle during the first tests. We are yet to name it, but the discovery of this particle has immense ramifications for the world at large”
Rueben was amazed. “How does this particle work and how does it convert thoughts into images? Man, this is so cool, its bordering on the ridiculous!”
John answered as though he was muttering to himself. He was distracted because he was making some adjustments in the device. ”All life is energy. Thoughts in the brain are nothing but disruptions in electromagnetic field enveloping the grey cells. Just like light amplification occurs in a laser by stimulated emission, this particle emits a radiation which amplifies the disturbances in the electromagnetic waves surrounding the brain. By correlating these with what we think the animal is thinking at the time and by making a matrix, we have been able to portray images of the thought.”
“But how can you know for sure? I mean, its an animal after all. You can never be sure that what you think it is thinking is indeed what it is thinking!”
“Yes. That is why, it must be tested on humans.”
“Is this legal? Have you been authorised to do this?”
“No one in their right mind will grant me permission to do this. That is why, I am here on an off day. You are going to witness the reading of a human mind”. John had finished adjusting settings and had pointed the device towards himself.
“Wait! Don’t be hasty in this. Have you taken enough precautions? Should we not carry out the test first on individuals whose loss would not be felt in the society?”
“Don’t be ridiculous. This device, is an idea whose time has come…”. John activated the device.
Remember the scene from the movie, The Day of the Jackal. Where the “Jackal” is test firing his assembled gun and has used watermelons as targets. Well, something similar happened to John then.