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    It was one of the great “eureka” moments in the history of neuroscience, caught on film as it was taking place in London, Ont.

    The patient, Scott Routley, was severely brain-injured in 1999 after being hit by a police car. Given only two years to live at that time, he had already far exceeded medical augury, but the doctors who had examined him for more than a dozen years could find no signs of awareness in him.

    He was unable to communicate with the outside world, seemingly in a vegetative state. But was the 39-year-old secretly aware? Was a working mind trapped in his immobilized body?

    So Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at the University of Western Ontario’s Brain and Mind Institute, put Mr. Routley in a real-time, functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging (fMRI) scanner. The doctor asked the patient to choose one of two kinds of mental imagery to answer the question of whether he was in pain. In effect, the fMRI said Mr. Routley had answered “no.”

    The moment was a double first: the first time in the world any patient of this sort had been able to tell doctors anything medically relevant, and the first time such a patient had been able to communicate instantaneously.


    So the article above deals with interesting developments in the field of brain computer interfacing that is helping us to integrate technology with the mind to do incredible things and may one day give us the ability to communicate telepathically with others. Do you think this would be a good thing? What would be the gains and risks involved? What if nobody could have any secrets from others? How would society change? Would we become more open and tolerant or continue to reject perceptions that differ from our own? etc.

    Here is another interesting related link about a program that converts thought to words: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...am-brain-words
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    It would definitely have some effects on evolution and the human race by either filtering the mean people out or having mean people only mate with other mean people. There's an episodes of Sliders (whisper it) where everyone is outfitted with collars that shocks them when they lie. Made the relationships interesting, especially romantic ones.

    I'm thinking people would have a much greater incentive to work on themselves to become nicer people. I like the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    I'm thinking people would have a much greater incentive to work on themselves to become nicer people. I like the idea.
    If perfect telepathy was implemented between people it would be the end of society.

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    If perfect telepathy was implemented between people it would be the end of society.
    I don't think so. I think it would cause a major disruption, but it wouldn't be the end of society, just the end of lying. We would probably develop a better appreciation for people's erratic and sadistic thoughts and judge people by their actions instead of their thoughts. Business would probably improve after the initial collapse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    I don't think so. I think it would cause a major disruption, but it wouldn't be the end of society, just the end of lying. We would probably develop a better appreciation for people's erratic and sadistic thoughts and judge people by their actions instead of their thoughts. Business would probably improve after the initial collapse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    I don't think so. I think it would cause a major disruption, but it wouldn't be the end of society, just the end of lying. We would probably develop a better appreciation for people's erratic and sadistic thoughts and judge people by their actions instead of their thoughts. Business would probably improve after the initial collapse.
    Society is based upon lying.

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    Well... it makes a huge difference exactly how good these brain scanners become. It's like the difference between the first computer that was the size of a room and could perform some calculations, and everyone having fucking youtube, facebook, forums, 23490832349834689568954 websites, videos, music, porn, online shopping, chat, graphic design, cam chatting, video games, EVERYTHING we can do with computers today, and virtually everyone first world can get their hands on this.

    If brain scanners really really evolve.... there could be scanners at every streetcorner. It would be like some wifi network, linking EVERYONE together. Or maybe for big brother to keep tabs on everyone's thoughts. But that's pretty far in the future. It'll start with something as simple as what we're seeing now. Being able to identify what kind of imagery someone is imagining. Being able to detect simple things. But then comes the technological revolution of this, and then crazy shit starts becoming available.

    Then there's the regulation of it. What you're allowed to do, what you're not allowed to do. The black market... the military, the mob, etc. etc.

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    We would have control over the projections of our mind, just as we have control over moving out mouths. To say the end of society, even were that not the case... lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    What would be the gains and risks involved? What if nobody could have any secrets from others? How would society change? Would we become more open and tolerant or continue to reject perceptions that differ from our own? etc.
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    So privacy is over, time and space have been abolished, and we are all sharing the same feelings.

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    Ever since we invented the telegraph, the telephone, the telescope, and the television, the shysters and confidence men have been regaling us with the pseudo science of telepathy.

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