Tinkering with our own brains

Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 02009 by Kirk Citron
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The brain has been called the most complicated machine ever built. But that doesn’t seem to be stopping those who are working to understand it, repair it, or improve it. Then again, what could go wrong? It’s not rocket science, it’s just brain surgery.

Recent stories from the brain sciences:

1. Does every emotion have its own map? We’re beginning to find out: Neuroscientists locate where fear is stored in the brain

2. There are many non-traditional ways to promote learning. For example, fun with magnets: Magnetic brain stimulation improves skill learning

3. New visualization techniques to help us see inside the brain: Reading the surface of the brain, Breakthrough in 3-D mapping enables removal of fist-sized tumor

4. Discovery of a protein that might protect against Alzheimer’s: Key protein might shield brain cells

5. Some things you might already be doing right: Caffeine reverses memory impairment in Alzheimer’s mice, Regular moderate alcohol intake has congitive benefits in older adults

6. A good summary of what brain enhancement might mean: Will designer brains divide humanity?

7. Finally, who better to sum it all up than Stephen Hawking? “Humans have entered a new stage of evolution” (thanks to Bob Citron for the pointer.)

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  • vanderleun

    “Will designer brains divide humanity?”

    Why should they be any different from intelligently designed brains?

    (Okay, okay, troll bait.)

    Why should they be any different from natural brains?

    (Better? Thought so.)

  • totally sick! mental abilities don’t have much to do with the brain, but are a matter of mental health.
    you can heal the soul independent of the brain. and that’s why psychiatry never did any good for anybody, they’re completely on the wrong track! and a dangerous that is, too!

  • Anna Anonamouse

    Yeah, attacking psychiatry is the practice of $cientology and their front group CCHR.
    Ask them about the abuses in their own prison camps in Hemet California, where workers are shut in behind barbed wire and don’t have such good condidtions, have their mail opened, are not allowed to phone out to their families.
    Ask them about XENU the evil warlord who (according to them)imprisoned the spirits of Milions of Aliens, which have now attached themselves to our bodies and can only be gotten rid of by $cientology counselling, which costs up to a Milion dollars to ‘free’ yourself of these evil spirits (OT 3).
    Come of guys who are you kidding?
    Maybe mad couch jumping Tom Cruise and his loony Hollywood friends, but not us.
    Look on the net for more about Scientology,I promise you it will be worse than you think

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