Bark! Bark! (Admitting your limits)

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A dog thought-to-speech device! The future! Technology! Hip Scandinavians! A thing that translates your dog’s thoughts into people-speak! Open up your check-book and post-date one for The Future! But wait. Isn’t there something missing in the promotional video? Something important?

Right. It doesn’t show a real demonstration. (1)

“What I saw in their video can’t work,” says Bruce Luber, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University. Luber specializes in brain stimulation and neurophysiology, trying to do, in some sense, what the people in this video (the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery) are trying to do: translate what’s happening in the brain directly to behavior. But Luber says it’s not that simple: “We can’t instantaneously tell very much”.

Some feelings are relatively easy to determine (and this applies to humans as well as animals). Phases of sleep, for example, can maybe be determined with only a few scalp electrodes attached to the head. (Although the animal might have to actually be falling asleep for that to be detected.) Feelings like hunger happen deep in the brain–physically deep, as in well below the surface. “You can’t detect hunger, at least as we know it right now, with EEG”.

We are coming close to realizing the limits of material-based science. After the initial hype that we can “read minds” we are now much more careful in our declarations of the powerfulness of neurology. Good steps towards the right path. Small steps. Heads up. Admitting your weaknesses is not always easy. But it has a weird luminous magnificence in it…

Sexism. Politically correctness. Obstacles to science.

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The latest neuroscience study of sex differences to hit the popular press has inspired some familiar headlines. The Independent, for example, proclaims that:

The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are “better at map reading” (And why women are “better at remembering a conversation”).

The study in question, published in PNAS, used a technology called diffusion tensor imaging to model the structural connectivity of the brains of nearly a thousand young people, ranging in age from eight to 22.

It reports greater connectivity within the hemispheres in males, but greater connectivity between the hemispheres in females. These findings, the authors conclude in their scientific paper, suggest that male brains are structured to facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action, whereas female brains are designed to facilitate communication between analytic and intuitive processing modes.

The research came under a lot of criticism, implying that sexism is underlying its conclusions. (1)

Why should men and women be the same? Why should we always take care of the politically correct? Society oppression of the stupid majority is huge. When a stupid idea gets into the mind of the (STUPID) many, then the harm cannot be undone.

We are not allowed to think of anything beyond what the stupid majority thinks. Sexism is bad. Imposing the stupid idea that everyone is the SAME is even worst! At least this is what my stupid male mind says…

Where is memory stored? NO, we do not know!

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Once more, another article claiming we have solved the problem of where memory is stored. (1) Atheists/ materialists are so eager to tag this problem “solved” that they have no issues in simply lying openly.

But true science is not about who claims to have solved something.

True science is about ACTUALLY and ACTIVELY seeking the truth, while being humble in the process…

Multiple experiments have shown that memory is not even stored in the brain…

Read Mind,  Morphogenetic fields, Quantum physics…. Maybe also have a look at “I know the “involved” mechanism. (and other science jargon tricks)” post or the Philosophy  Wire: Brain, Memory & Plasticity against materialism. Or see here and here for all articles tagged with ‘memory’ in Harmonia Philosophica.

Being hasty does not provide answers. It DOES provide though with a good indication of what your intentions are…

PS. See John Lorber research on patients with loss in the celebral brain cortex to see why one experiment cannot tell the truth (NDE and other consciousness without brain references). Check out for “Hasty Science” as well…

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