Sunday, June 15, 2008

Why Was Martha J Farah At Bilderberg 2008?

From time to time there is one person who attends a Bilderberg conference who makes us pause and ask ourselves why this person was invited. It is no secret that someone from Microsoft has attended the last several Bilderberg meetings. I believe they have one permanent seat on the Board of Governors of the people who think they rule the world.

Martha J Farah is a high level researcher in cognitive studies. We who live in an increasingly unfree world are justifiably anxious when someone with her skills is brought to meet the men and women who think they own the world and have openly declared war on American democracy and sovereignty.

I have posted her resume below. She has an interest in neurology and ethics, but the Bilderbergers and their friends in the top 300 banks launder 500 billion dollars a year in bribes and over a trillion dollars in drug money every year so I doubt they invited her to lecture them about ethics.

A few friends have already made some suggestions. One was suspicious of her 2005 work on monitoring and manipulating the human brain. A friend who is a psychologist noted Farah's work in vision and perception and was worried that the Bilderbergers wanted to develop better methods of controlling the masses through television and staged events. 911 seemed to have worked well for them and their friends.

Dr. Farah also has done a lot of work on the cognitive development of poor children. I long ago concluded that the Bilderbergers have decided to cut our wages in half so they must be planning for a brave new world where extreme poverty is the norm for most of us. I think they might be interested in developing techniques to improve the cognitive ability of the poor to raise the qulaity of their work output. I tend to make my predictions about the elite by looking at the world through the economic and psychological needs of the wealthy. Therefore I think my view is a good guess though none of us has any way of knowing what actually happened at a closed meeting.

That is why I am asking the Internet community to help discover why Martha J Farah was invited to Bilderberg 2008. Please feel free to post your comments. You can examine her resume below which I found at her university web page. Perhaps she will receive a new grant funding a line of research related to what she discussed at the Bilderberg meeting in Chantilly Virginia last week.

Martha J. Farah

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania

EDUCATION Massachusetts Institute of Technology S.B., 1977, Metallurgy and Materials Science S.B., 1977, Philosophy

Harvard University Ph.D., 1983, Experimental Psychology

MIT and Boston University School of Medicine Postdoctoral studies, 1983-1985, Neuropsychology

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY Carnegie Mellon University Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Psychology, 1985-1992

University of Pennsylvania Professor of Psychology, 1992-present Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, 1999-present Adjunct Professor of Neurology, 1992-present Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics, 2005-present

SELECTED HONORS American Psychological Association, Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution (1992) Elected Fellow of: American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), Association for Psychological Science (2007), Cognitive Science Society (2002), Society of Experimental Psychologists (2005) John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fellowship (1996) National Academy of Sciences, Troland Research Award (1992)

RESEARCH INTERESTS Much of my career has been devoted to understanding the mechanisms of vision, memory, and executive function in the human brain. In recent years I have shifted my research focus to a new set of issues that lie at the interface between cognitive neuroscience and "the real world."

These new issues of interest to me include the effects of socioeconomic adversity on children's brain development and emerging social and ethical issues in neuroscience ("neuroethics"). In addition, some very talented students and postdocs have pulled me into their investigations of other topics, including decision making, mood regulation and neurogenetics.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS Cognitive Neuroscience, general

Farah, M. J. (1994). Neuropsychological inference with an interactive brain: A critique of the 'locality assumption', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 17, 43-61.

Farah, M. J. and Feinberg, T. E., Editors (2000). Patient-based Approaches to Cognitive Neuroscience. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Feinberg, T. E. and Farah, M. J., Editors (2003). Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology, 2nd Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Gillihan, S. and Farah, M.J. (2005). Is self-related processing special? A critical review. Psychological Bulletin, 131, 76-97.

Development, including effects of socioeconomic status

Polk, T. A. and Farah, M. J. (1998). The neural development and organization of letter recognition: Evidence from functional neuroimaging, computational modeling, and behavioral studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 95, 847-852.

Farah, M.J., Rabinowitz, C., Quinn, G. E., and Liu, G. T. (2000). Early commitment of neural substrates for face recognition. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 17, 117-124.

Noble, K.G., Norman, M.F. and Farah, M.J. (2005). Neurocognitive correlates of socioeconomic status in kindergarten children. Developmental Science, 8, 74-87.

Farah, M.J.,Noble, K.G. and Hurt, H. (2005) Poverty, privilege and brain development: Emprical findings and ethical implications. In J. Illes (Ed.) Neuroethics in the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press.

Farah, M.J., Shera, D.M., Savage, J.H., Betancourt, L., Giannetta, J.M., Brodsky, N.L., Malmud, E.K. & Hurt, H. (2006). Childhood poverty: Specific associations with neurocognitive development. Brain Research, 1110, 166-174.

Noble, K.G., Farah, M.J. & McCandliss, B.D. (2006). Socioeconomic background modulates the effect of phonological awareness on reading. Cognitive Development, 21, 349-368.

Noble K.G., Wolmetz, M.E., Ochs, L.G., Farah, M.J. & McCandliss, B.D. (2006). Brain-behavior relationships in reading acquisitionare modulated by socioeconomic factors. Developmental Science, 9, 642-654.

Noble, K.G., McCandliss, B.D. & Farah, M.J. (2007). Socioeconomic gradients predict individual differences in neurocognitive abilities. Developmental Science, 10(4), 464-80.

Ford, S., Farah, M.J., Shera, D., & Hurt, H. (2007). Neurocognitive correlates of problem behavior in environmentally at-risk adolescents. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 28: 376-385.

Farah, M.J., Betancourt, L., Shera, D.M., Savage, J.H., Giannetta, J.M., Nancy L. Brodsky, N.L., Elsa K. Malmud, E.K., Hurt, H. (in press). Environmental Stimulation, Parental Nurturance and Cognitive Development in Humans. Developmental Science.


Farah, M. J. (2002). Emerging ethical issues in neuroscience. Nature Neuroscience, 5, 1123-1129.

Farah, M.J., Illes, J., Cook-Deegan, R., Gardner, H., Kandel, E., King, P., Parens, E., Sahakian, B. and Wolpe P.R. (2004). Neurocognitive enhancement: What can we do and what should we do? Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 5, 421-425.

Farah, M.J. and Wolpe, P.R. (2004). Monitoring and manipulating the human brain: New neuroscience technologies and their ethical implications. Hastings Center Report, 34, 35-45.

Farah, M.J. (2005). Neuroethics: The practical and the philosophical. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 34-40.

Farah, M.J. & Heberlein, A.S. (in press). Personhood and neuroscience: Naturalizing or nihilating? American Journal of Bioethics -- Neuroscience, (Target Article) 7, 37-48. Se also our response to commentators.

Prefrontal function and decision-making

Fellows, L.K. and Farah, M.J. (2003). Ventromedial frontal cortex mediates affective shifting in humans: Evidence from a reversal learning paradigm. Brain, 126, 1830-1837.

Fellows, L.K. and Farah, M.J. (2005). Different underlying impairments in decision making following ventromedial and dorsolateral frontal lobe damage in humans. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 58-63.

Fellows, L.K. and Farah, M.J. (2005). Is anterior cingulate cortex necessary for cognitive control? Brain, 128, 788-796.

Fellows, L.K. & Farah, M.J. (2005). Dissociable elements of human foresight:A role for the ventromedial frontal lobes in framing the future, but not in discounting future rewards. Neuropsychologia, 43, 1214-1221.

Fellows, L.K. & Farah, M.J. (2007). The role of ventromedial prefrontal cortex in decision making: Judgment under uncertainty, or judgment per se? Cerebral Cortex, advance online publication.

Neurogenetics, emotion and mood

Bishop, S.J., Cohen, J.D., Fossella, J., Casey, B.J. & Farah, M.J. (2006). COMT genotype influences prefrontal response to emotional distraction. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 6(1), 62-70.

Gillihan, S., Kessler, J. & Farah, M.J. (2007). Memories affect mood: Evidence from covert experimental assignment to positive, neutral, and negative memory recall. Acta Psychologica, 125(2): 144-54.

Rao, H., Gillihan, S.J., Wang, J., Korczykowski, M., Sankoorikal, G.M.V., Kaercher, K.A., Brodkin, E.S., Detre, J.A., Farah, M.J. (2007). Genetic variation in serotonin transporter alters resting brain function in healthy individuals. Biological Psychiatry, 62(6): 600-6.

Chepenik, L.G., Cornew, L.A. & Farah, M.J. (in press). The influence of sad mood on cognition. Emotion,

Gillihan, S.J., Farah, M.J., Sankoorikal, G.M.V., Breland, J. & Brodkin, E.S. (in press). Association between serotonin transporter genotype and extraversion. Psychiatric Genetics,


Farah, M. J., Wilson, K. D., Drain, M., and Tanaka, J. N. (1998). "What is 'special' about face perception?" Psychological Review, 105, 482-498.

Farah, M. J. (2000). The Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Farah, M. J. (2004). Visual Agnosia, 2nd Edition. Cambridge: MIT Press/Bradford Books.

The abov e resume can be found here:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how but suspect it is connected to something like The Golden Shield.

9:41 AM  

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