Hacking the Brain: Beyond the Five Senses

Sunday, January 23, 2022
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

What Is It

Humans evolved to have a variety of senses—smell, sight, touch, etc.—that provide information about the world around us. Our brains use this sensory information to construct a particular picture of reality. But what if it were technologically possible to hack our brains and create new senses for humans, such as echolocation or magnetoception? How would our brains integrate this new kind of information? What would it be like to perceive the world using these strange new senses? And how would these novel senses change our view of reality? Josh and Ken sense they'll talk to neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of The Brain: The Story of You.


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Sunday, May 5, 2019 -- 8:13 AM

Thanks for mentioning this

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In it a detailed description , provides you with information about the usage of bci -data to watch
brain movies. The graphical visualization of our thoughts. Berkley univesity shows up with its
results on this feature for "2011". I am perfectly convinced that this is not the cutting edge of
the scientific results of today.

So your worries became real.

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Harold G. Neuman

Sunday, October 31, 2021 -- 5:19 AM

Have heard of Eagleman.

Have heard of Eagleman. Sounds like a good book...

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Tim Smith

Monday, November 8, 2021 -- 6:28 AM

Ken and Josh didn’t think

Ken and Josh didn’t think about the limited focus of human beings in a NeoSensory world. We can’t add infinite senses to our brain and expect all to work out well.

I spend quite a bit of my time with noise-canceling headphones on, where I could see having a NeoSensory bracelet to inform me of sudden ambient noise or even detailed information.

Overall, the application is one for brains that are already limited. Anosmia would be a challenge I would like to see addressed.

Bottom line, I would push David Eagleman to respond to the issues of information overload and limited human focus and attention. Is there a broader appeal (and a lower price point) for this tech to humans who are not disabled? What are the limits? There are limits, hazards, and potential safety issues here despite a rosy picture from Ken and Josh.

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Harold G. Neuman

Thursday, January 6, 2022 -- 11:09 AM

I never thought much of

I never thought much of multitasking. Still don't...

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