The Centrifuge Brain Project: Scientists Solve Mankind’s Great Problems by Spinning People

What if the very thing that made you feel crazy hap­py also made you smarter? That’s the ques­tion under­ly­ing the work of the Insti­tute for Cen­trifu­gal Research, where sci­en­tists believe that spin­ning peo­ple around at a suf­fi­cient­ly high G‑force will solve “even the trick­i­est chal­lenges con­fronting mankind.”

We fol­low Dr. Nick Laslow­icz, chief engi­neer, as he strolls through amuse­ment parks, wear­ing a hard hat and tak­ing notes, and describes the lib­er­at­ing pow­er of spin­ning and the “mis­take” of grav­i­ty.

The actor is ter­rif­ic. Yes, The Cen­trifuge Brain Project is a joke. Laslow­icz is just zany enough to be believ­able as a sci­en­tist whose research began in the 1970s. The sketch­es on the project’s web­site are fun too and direc­tor Till Nowak’s CGR ren­der­ing of the ride con­cepts are hilar­i­ous.


The cul­mi­nat­ing exper­i­ment fea­tures a ride that resem­bles a giant trop­i­cal plant. Rid­ers enter a round car that ris­es slow­ly up, up, up and then takes off sud­den­ly at incred­i­bly high speed along one of the “branch­es.”

“Unpre­dictabil­i­ty is a key part of our work,” says Laslow­icz. After the ride, he says, peo­ple described expe­ri­enc­ing a “read­just­ment of key goals and life aspi­ra­tions.” Though he lat­er adds that he wouldn’t put his own chil­dren on one of his rides.

“These machines pro­vide total free­dom,” Laslow­icz says, “cut­ting all con­nec­tion to the world we live in: com­mu­ni­ca­tion respon­si­bil­i­ty, weight. Every­thing is on hold when you’re being cen­trifuged.”

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Kate Rix writes about dig­i­tal media and edu­ca­tion. Vis­it her work at .

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  • Jay Spencer says:

    “A JOKE?” No way. This film is an excel­lent tool for deter­min­ing the mind­set of peo­ple you know (or think you do). Not every­one gets the “joke,” and of those who catch on, not all catch on right away. (For exam­ple, I was tired when I saw it and did­n’t real­ize that it HAD to be a hoax until I woke up at 2 AM and real­ized I’d been “had.” I have a sis­ter who *thought* it had to be a joke, but checked the com­ments to be sure. A close aquain­tance did­n’t get it at all. Her response: “I would NEVER go on any of those rides!”

    Revis­it some sites after see­ing this film that ques­tion the real­i­ty of the offi­cial “con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry” held to this day by all those in author­i­ty in this country—you know, the one where a rad­i­cal Islamist hid­ing in a cave in Afghanistan mas­ter­minds a con­spir­a­cy in which 19 hijack­ers suc­cess­ful­ly defeat all the secu­ri­ty of the world’s most pow­er­ful mil­i­tary orga­ni­za­tion to bring down 3 sky­scrap­ers with 2 planes, and the Pres­i­dent and his whole admin­is­tra­tion insists that no one could have seen the attacks com­ing, despite receiv­ing warn­ings from the Israelis, the Ger­mans, our FBI, and numer­ous whistle­blow­ers.

    Ladies and gen­tle­men, we’re in deep doo-doo.

  • usahasampingan10 says:

    nice arti­cle and good job

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