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I'll be the first to admit not every . make sure make ends up being correct and . maybe not every theory is your favorite . or maybe you're just sick of my puns and . non-stop meme references well today i'm . gonna do something about it i want you . to think of everything i've ever done . that you didn't like that star wars . prediction a grown worthy dad joke. whatever comes to mind now focus on it . got it . great now if you'll just do me a favor . and look right here . [music]. hello internet welcome to film theory . protecting the world from the scum of . poorly cited research so after suffering . my way through bright on netflix widely . hailed to be the worst movie of 2017 . which it's not not by a longshot but it . did provide me some great out of context . lines such as fairy lives don't matter . today and you know what they say once . with the dark ward always the dark lord . i decided to take a trip down memory . lane to revisit will smith's well maybe . not his better early movies but i at . least liked him a lot when i was growing . up and first up on the nostalgia trip . was men in black back from the time when . will smith couldn't decide if he was an . actor or a rapper sometimes he was bald . [music]. if you called wild wild west rapping or . acting that's what i do . anyway men in black gave us the . neuralyzer a device that with one flash . makes you forget practically anything. except the fact that the mitochondria is . the powerhouse of the cell that one is . locked in there. i'll let tommy lee jones explain how the. neuralyzer works this is called a . neuralyzer this red eye here will . isolate the electronic impulses in your . brains and more specifically the ones . for memory everyone looking at the light . gets zapped their memories of what . they've just seen get a raise and the . agent replaces it with a different . memory with a lot fewer aliens cool so . it's a sci-fi gadget big whoop right . well we've learned a lot about memory . since this movie first came out 20 years . ago and i'm telling you right now the . neuralyzer has gone from a creation of . science fiction it is something we could . totally make today never had deja vu . how do you know the real men in black . haven't already neuralyzed you in the. deja vu is just you experiencing . something that was wiped from your . memory the first time long story short . in order to make a neuralyzer we need to . establish three things one that memories . can be erased two that false memories . can be forced into people's . and three that it can all be done with a . porsche light so get ready because here . comes the man that won't let you . remember your childhood the same way . ever again see i can't wrap either will . smith you're in good company . sorry point number one can memories be . erased i mean we've all heard stories of . being unable to form any new memories to . determine who killed your wife so you . tattoo clues on yourself instead of . writing them down on paper like a normal . person but is it plausible that we could . wipe out specific memories of things . that we had just seen it turns out the . answer is a solid yes and it comes from . a place you might be surprised to hear . on a channel that prides itself on . science i'm talking about hypnosis but . not the kind with some spinning spiral . thing that makes you think you're a. chicken or makes you want to subscribe . to the film theorist channels subscribe . to the film theorist channel subscribe . to the film theorist channel i'm talking . about hypnotic induction which is a real. therapeutic technique to get patients . into a deep state of relaxation which . increases theta waves in their brain you. know you get all your great ideas in the . shower well it's because relaxing in a . shower results in a high concentration. of theta waves which makes connecting . otherwise disparate ideas in your brain . awful a lot easier this also applies to . memory but theta waves can also be used . against you and hypnosis here is the key. lasting memories that you'd otherwise be. able to recall for instance and this is . nuts. last year samsung released an online . hypnotherapy tool called unspoilt that . walks you through a self hypnosis. session that's supposed to help you . forget movies and tv shows so you could . watch them again as if you're watching . them for the first time . closure i had chris from our team do it . and yeah he still remembers the red . wedding but he's recently been overcome . with this strange urge to buy a phone . that spontaneously combusts no but all . jokes aside after going through this . treatment he could no longer remember . how the series ended whether he had even . seen the series end in the first place . even the main character's name and first . ridiculous as that might seem the . science behind it is actually a hundred . percent solid in 2007 scientists . published a study in which they showed . participants a movie then hypnotized. them to try and make them forget it . when they tested the group that had been . hypnotized the subjects couldn't recall. details of the movie that they had just . watched maybe they should have just had . hypnotists outside of the emoji movie . that's 90 minutes of my life i'd like to . forget anyway the people who had been . hypnotized could remember where they had . watched the movie and other details . surrounding the experiment but they . actually couldn't remember what happened . in the movie itself and it's not like . they were just forgetful either they . actually demonstrated different kinds of. brain activity from a control group that . wasn't even ties this kind of isolating . amnesia is exactly what we see . demonstrated and men in black when . normal people come into contact with . aliens the men in black don't just wipe . the person's memory completely instead. they isolate one element of the memory . just like the film study did and they . replace that memory with something else . which of course brings us to our second . question can you really implant false . memories into someone's brain and yet . again the answer is yes it's actually a . lot easier than you might think . a canadian psychologist named julia shaw . has demonstrated that when people are . asked about their involvement and events . that never occurred their memories will . actually start to form versions of that . fictional scenario and the people will . eventually believe that it happened . here's dr. shaw telling one of her . subjects about a completely fictitious . event so the other event was your cancer. forecasting was when you're 14 years old . you initiated a physical thing in the . place of your parents . girl responds pretty much exactly as he . would expect from someone who had just . had a story made up about him i don't . know man i gotta say canadians are so . polite even when they're calling people . liars. anyway fast forward just a few minutes . in this interview and all of a sudden . the same woman suddenly has memories of . the event all the psychologists had to . do was provide a framework for the event . get the subjects to try and remember and . suddenly their brains fill in what's . missing from the memories which is of . course everything the memories weren't . there to begin with . sullivan is also situational here the . subjects are likely influenced by a . desire to comply with an authority . figure asking them questions but that's . exactly what would be happening if you . met the men and black in real life now . of course i can see your . counter-argument here sure these false . memories might be implanted but it's not . like they're gonna stay in anyone's. memory or be trusted for any length of . time and yeah that would totally make a . lot of sense if it had any bearing on . facts false memories run rampant even in . situations where our memories matter the . most like say when you're testifying at . a murder trial you ever heard of someone . wrongly convicted of a crime being. exonerated by dna evidence well . statistically that person was probably . convicted in the first place because of . a false memory according to the american . bar association and astounding. three-fourths of the cases overturned by . dna evidence relied on eyewitness . testimony for the wrongful conviction oh . yeah that's totally the guy i saw killer . well dna evidence proves he was in . hawaii sorry you missed out on years of . your life buddy now imagine for a moment . that you've just come to the realization . that aliens not only exist but walk . among us on earth because you saw . something absolutely bananas go down and . then some very calm in charge look in . person in a great suit shows up and . flashes something in your face and tell. you that you didn't see what you really . thought you saw even if the neuralyzer . was just a flash of a polaroid camera . here are pretty likely to walk away . believing what they just told you all . right matt pat cut the bs . you're probably saying right now enraged . by my suggestion that your memory is . about as reliable as a cable company . showing up on time . these examples you're giving me are from . carefully controlled experiments that. took place over long periods of time . sure you might be able to force people . to forget things or remember things that . never happened but you can't do it . instantaneously with a flashlight are . you sure about that because scientists . have already done it oh yeah loyal . theorists the future is here hope mr. meeseeks opto genetics is a new branch . of neuroscience that enables researchers . to control individual neurons through. electronic impulses directly into. people's brains it's pretty complicated . as one might expect electronic mind . control would be but here's the gist of . it scientists can modify the genomes of . mice to be particularly sensitive to . certain kinds of light and they can also . map the areas of the brain that are . stimulated when the mice is experiencing . something that would form a good memory . like when it's eating food or when it's . in its home in this clip right here a . mouse is put into a bright box with no . hiding place and it responds with fear . response. it's powering in the corner it's scared . of this new environment right but once . they flashed the light into the mouse's . brain they basically turned on a switch . that activates the good memory and . suddenly the mouse starts moving around. the box like it's cold turn the light . off again and the mouse stops . immediately dead in its tracks turn it . back on and it's grooming itself like . its back home turn it off again and well . you get the idea now granted mouse . brains aren't human brains but as we. explored with dan harmon in the pickle . ric episode they're structured similarly . enough that in a few years this could . easily get transferred into the human . brain it also proves ches assertion at . the beginning of men in black that the . light from the neuralyzer is enough to . enter up signals in the brain and this . kind of on/off switch effect from . memories actually coincides with what we . see in later movies in the series in men . in black 2 we find out that memories . that have been neuralyzed. can be brought back so it's not so much . that they're getting deleted as they are . getting switched off so it would make . sense that . in black have developed a kind of . optogenetic technology that can activate. certain parts of the brain and shut off . others instantly with a single remote . flash of light so there you have it the . neuralyzer is physically possible but in . order for it to be practical with . near-future technology it would mean . that every single human being would have . to be genetically engineered to be . sensitive to certain kinds of light and . then also have transponders implanted . into their brains to receive the signals. that were sent from the neuralyzer x' . but in the men in black universe that's . definitely what's happened the entirety . of new york city is neuralyzed by the. statue of liberty's torch at the end of. men in black - so we know both that . everyone is susceptible to this . technology and that the men in black . have engineered the world to keep their . secrets under wraps with all the alien . technology they have access to it . doesn't seem like too big of a stretch . to say that they're putting chips in all . of our heads and as long as they keep . neural izing us along the way we won't . know the difference . in fact who's to say that we don't have . chips in our brains right now and that . we've all forgotten the memory because. we've already been neuralyzed but hey . that's just a theory a film theory and . cut. 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