DailyDirt: Boosting Brainpower

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The plot of the classic science fiction short story, Flowers for Algernon has been adapted into a wide range of other stories, TV shows and movies. Upgrading a person's intelligence through some unnatural means provides a temporary fix -- resulting in an addiction to intelligence augmentation (or other complications). In reality, some colleges are starting to deal with students abusing drugs meant to treat ADHD but which also seem to increase mental focus in general. However, other methods that don't use prescription medication to boost brainpower might be harder to regulate. Here are just a few links on the subject of boosting brainpower. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: adhd, brain, brainpower, flowers for algernon, intelligence, iq, microbiome, symbiosis, tdcs, trans-cranial direct current stimulation

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    Groaker (profile), 24 Jul 2014 @ 10:36am

    There are things that are so incredibly unlikely that their occurrence would completely undermine science as it is known today. So unlikely that they can be dismissed without further thought.

    There are other technologies that would have been thought impossible just a few decades, possibly a few years ago. Wrist radios for the population (aka cell phones) were considered to be impossible because of the total bandwidth consumed. Yet I recently had a call from the Great Wall of China to NY,US from one of these impossible devices.

    A machine that could focus multiple blast waves through tissue with trivial physical damage to the human subject, while pulverising a 1-2cm stone deep within fragile tissue would have been called impossible a couple of decades ago. But today we call it lithotripsy.

    There is an old saying. When a brilliant and distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost always right. If he says that something is impossible, he is almost always wrong.

    I won't argue that this is possible. But just off the top of my head, and in a field outside my own. I can see the potential for psuedomagnetic nanoparticles specifically adsorbed onto the nucleus accumbens (reptilian pleasure center), and activated by magnetic fields which might be experienced as pleasure beyond anything currently known to man. Ferociously expensive -- at least at first. Probably far cheaper to just stick a wire into the pleasure core.

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