April 8, 2013 2:37 PM Subscribe
President Obama recently announced
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a big new effort
to map and understand
the human brain
What are we trying to learn about our brains?
One thing we will earn is how our brains are structured, "not this well-organized hierarchical control system where everything is in order."
Another is how much of mental illness is shaped by experience and society
, as opposed to chemical or structural factors.
What do we already know about our brains?
12 Things We Know About How The Brain Works
. And we know that unconcious processing improves decision-making
. That brain structure may be linked to placebo response
. And that unconcious brains can read and do math
. We know a little bit more about how the brain responds to addiction
. And we know that "genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms" in childhood can have permanent ill effects
. We think that differences in our brain reflect political differences
. But we know that a lot of pop neuroscience is bollocks
What could we do with new information?
Could we reverse-engineer AI? Manipulate our brains, neuron-by-neuron
? Make better soldiers
? Or record dreams
? Or activate neurons with light
? Or make better, crowdsourced brain maps
Neurotechnology, Social Control, And Revolution
In our neuro-centric world-view, a person is equated to his brain. The neuro-discourse has penetrated all aspects of our lives from law to politics to literature to medicine to physics. As part of this neuro-revolution, huge military funding is supporting neuro-scientific research; a huge body of basic knowledge on memory, belief formation, cognition and sensory modalities has been gathered over years, with fieldslike social neuroscience, cultural neuroscience, neuroeconomics and neuromarketing has emerging to improve our lifestyle; neurotechnological know-how from wireless non invasive technologies to neuroelectronic interfaces is exponentially advancing; and neurotechnology business reports indicates the rapid increase in neurotechnological start ups and the willingness of bringing neurotechnological products to the market. In my opinion, all the aforementioned indicators indicate that neurotechnology can be potentially used to control social dynamics.