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Brain Imaging and Mind Reading

December 13, 2008

Check this out:

http://www.pinktentacle.com/2008/12/scientists-extract-images-directly-from-brain/

I don’t doubt that some day the imaging technology will exist that gets pretty darn close to showing the sorts of thoughts a subject is having, but find it hard to believe that the results can be anything more than generic. Not only because I want to hold on to the idea that any translation of my inner experience of a particular object, scene, or idea can not be anything more than an inference (token), but also because I don’t think it is possible, with one exception;  that would be to directly wire one subject’s perceptive instrumentation  and memory banks to the “inner theatre” of another. Even then, without the same neuro-architecture,  the resulting transference of thought would only produce analog,  not the same.  Just like hi def tv gets better and better, but can never deliver reality.

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