This week at the British Neuroscience Association, Harvard scientist Gabriel Kreiman described a rather diabolical-sounding experiment: He wants to reverse someone's decision to push a button before the person is even aware they were going to press it.
Kreiman has already demonstrated he can predict decisions before volunteers become conscious of making them. Back in 2011, he used brain imaging to measure the activity of individual neurons in the brains of 12 people with epilepsy (they already had electrodes implanted to identify the source of seizures.) The volunteers were told they could press a button whenever they liked and to remember the position of a clock's second hand at the moment they decided to act.
Five seconds before the volunteers reported they had decided to press the button, Kreiman noticed electrical activity in the area of the brain involved in initiating movement, called the supplementary motor area, as well as in the brain region that controls motivation and attention, called the anterior cingulate cortex.
Now, Kreiman is taking that experiment a step further. As soon as he sees the telltale brain activity that signals a decision to push the button, he flashes a "stop" sign on a screen in front of the volunteer. "So far all we have is people saying, 'that was weird, you read my mind'," Kreiman says.
So, no mind control yet—just a bit of harmless mind reading. Kreiman says that figuring out the mechanisms of volition could eventually help people with Parkinson's or other diseases in which people lose voluntary movement.
nothing evil here, just science
No facts, No response...
Research is always good, it is always how it is applied for a profit that can become questionable.
The brain looks as if it was made of play doh, lol.
@dkella: No, "profit" is NOT the bad guy. There was certainly no profit motive in the Tuskegee Experiment, nor was that research particularly "good". Look also to Unit 731 for an immediate counter to your proposition.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
- C. S. Lewis
I thought the Academy already had thought control down to a science.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Actually, that's what I *told* you to do at the last page you were looking at.
LOL, you think coming here was freedom of choice?
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