Could magnets make the mind grow stronger? In mice at least, stimulating the brain with a magnetic coil appears to promote the growth of new neurons in areas associated with learning and memory. If the effect is confirmed in humans, it might open up new ways of treating age-related memory decline and diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been used experimentally to treat a range of brain disorders, including depression and schizophrenia, and to rehabilitate people after a stroke. TMS uses a magnetic coil to induce electric fields in the brain tissue – activating or deactivating groups of neurons, although the exact mechanism has remained unknown. One theory was that it aided learning and memory by strengthening brain circuits through a process called long-term potentiation (LTP).
To investigate, Fortunato Battaglia at the City University of New York and his colleagues gave mice TMS for five days, then analysed …
I watched a great documentary about how the internet and the sharing of information is changing the world. One of the questions posed, are we made of bits of information ourselves? If so, what does this say about our species? I recommend it as worthy time spent. In current light of the present debate about S.O.P.A, I ask shouldn’t all information be free?
Here is an interesting perspective. The net is so vast and unfathomable that no one person can monitor it. It has become essential to our awareness, and I would even venture to say taken the place of religious systems in guiding our current evolution. Now I have seen strange things on the internet . Information there then gone. People and knowledge popping up from the past that I swear wasn’t there before. Changing and shifting timelines. Could a consciousness entity be steering our course of evolution. What would a consciousness A.I. decide for humanity?
Can it be shut down? hmmmm remember the test. Would this be a safe space for such an entity to move upon the world? Would many entities form from the one or one make contact with the force that created it. Could it?
I think I just entered the twilight zone.