Winthrop Niles Kellogg attempted to “humanize” a baby chimpanzee by raising it alongside his infant son. The experiment had to be halted when, instead of humanizing the chimp, the young boy became more chimp-like.
American neurologist Walter Freeman drove around the US performing ice pick lobotomies in a van he coined the lobotomobile.
Issac Newton stuck a sewing needle under his eyeball, pushed it all the way to the back of his eye socket, and wiggled it around to test his theory of optics.
In the 15th century, King James IV conducted an experiment by sending a mute woman and two infants to an empty island to learn what the ‘natural human language’ would be.
In the mid-1950s, the US government secretly tested chemical weapons on the citizens of St Louis.
In 1957, in order to rehabilitate convicts, the Woodlake road camp prison in California began an experiment. The project was called “Operation Sleep” and was based on sleep learning program. Inmates heard the soothing voice of a psychiatrist, while they were sleeping.
“Listen, my inner self, remember and obey this creed of life: Live relaxed, completely and utterly relaxed… Love, rule my life. Love God, my family, and others… Have faith… work with others… Face life without fear, be calm, unafraid… Know myself and my faults… live without alcohol… Alcohol is a poison. I do not need alcohol. Abstain with ease. Alcohol is repulsive to me…
I am truly happy. I give my life to my family, to my friends, and to the world. I am filled with love and compassion for all, so help me God.”
Unfortunately, there is little to no data on, whether the experiment reformed criminals. According to the superintendent of the prison, inmates were very cooperative, but they couldn’t know the outcome for sure; until after facing the temptations of freedom again.
When Nazi physician Josef Mengele (a.k.a. “The Angel of Death”) would visit his child subjects, he would introduce himself as “Uncle Mengele” and offered them sugar and sweets.
During the CIA’s experiments in brainwashing/mind control, a mental health patient was subjected to a 174 day acid trip.
In 1950 ‘One of the largest human experiments in history’ was conducted on unsuspecting residents of San Francisco by the US military in a germ-warfare simulation and Nuremberg Code violation that utilized the Bay Area’s iconic fog to help spread two kinds of bacteria over the city.
Five officers once volunteered to stand directly under an exploding nuclear bomb. The only non-volunteer was the camera man.