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Smart neural dust could carry sensors deep into the human brain, send data back out

Smart neural dust could carry sensors deep into the human brain, send data back out | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
You can't do science without data, and a team at Berkeley has proposed a method to get a lot more data about the brain. All they need to do is sprinkle your brain with tiny dust-like sensors.

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Should we sacrifice our brains to the Internet?

Should we sacrifice our brains to the Internet? | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

One of the greatest effects of the Internet is its ability to capture our attention only to scatter it, ultimately producing a generation whose brains are being better hardwired to scan, skim and multitask, causing a weakening in our ability to read and think deeply in a concentrated manner.


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Could we create a perfect society by tweaking two areas of the human brain?

Could we create a perfect society by tweaking two areas of the human brain? | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Want to create an egalitarian utopia? A rigid hierarchical hellscape? (Or an egalitarian hellscape and hierarchical utopia, depending on your politics?) You might just need to stimulate or suppress two crucial parts of the human brain.

 

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The Electronic Brain? Your Mind Vs. a Computer

The Electronic Brain? Your Mind Vs. a Computer | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

According to Chris Chatham at Developing Intelligence, the brain-computer metaphor has lead to a lot of over-simplification in our thinking about our thinking. "An unfortunate legacy is the tendency to seek out modularity in the brain... the idea that computers require memory has lead some to seek for the 'memory area,' when in fact these distinctions are far more messy." We're now learning that regions cannot be associated with a singular function (i.e. the frontal cortex as "the place where personality occurs").

The brain is not a storage dump, and consciousness is not a place. Synapses are also far more complex than electrical circuits. Neither processing speed nor short term memory capacity are fixed, whereas RAM is.


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"We are people, not brains": Is the "uncritical use" of neuroscience "oozing" into mediation?

"We are people, not brains": Is the "uncritical use" of neuroscience "oozing" into mediation? | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
If you follow my blogs, you know I have for years been decrying the people who tell us that knowledge of the brain can solve conflicts.

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How Your Brain Experiences the Passage of Time

How Your Brain Experiences the Passage of Time | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have located a specific set of neurons that indicate how time passes, confirming that the brain plays an essential role in how we experience the passage of time.


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[VIDEO] David Eagleman: Welcome to Your Future Brain

We're entering a very interesting stage of human history right now where we can start importing technology to enhance our natural senses or perception of the world, says neuroscientist David Eagleman.


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Once considered mainly 'brain glue,' astrocytes' power revealed

Once considered mainly 'brain glue,' astrocytes' power revealed | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

A type of cell plentiful in the brain, long considered mainly the stuff that holds the brain together and oft-overlooked by scientists more interested in flashier cells known as neurons, wields more power in the brain than has been realized, according to new research published March 29 in Science Signaling.


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incredible access to brain functioning: silicon nanomembrane transistors in a multiplexed 360-channel array

incredible access to brain functioning: silicon nanomembrane transistors in a multiplexed 360-channel array | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed and tested a new high-resolution, ultra-thin device capable of recording brain activity from the cortical surface without having to use penetrating electrodes.

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olsen jay nelson's comment, November 14, 2011 4:32 AM
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Yes It's very important
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Neural Networking: Your Brain's Internal Connections Operate Like a Country Club: Scientific American Gallery

Neural Networking: Your Brain's Internal Connections Operate Like a Country Club: Scientific American Gallery | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

The researchers liken the favored networks to a country club setting, in which people with a great number of social connections bond with other connection-rich socialites. In the brain, the socialites (the hubs with the most connections, shown in red in the image) included the regions that aggregate and process many kinds of information—the superior frontal and superior parietal cortex, for example, as well as the subcortical hippocampus, putamen and thalamus.


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