Thursday, January 14, 2016

Update on bionic human implants

In the last edition we reported on the quest by evolutionary-minded folks to have Man take the long-awaited “quantum jump” that would eventually make gods of those of us smart enough to subscribe to their titillating offers.  From the likes of MTN offering extremely fast broadband access to the internet thus putting incredible amount of information at your finger tips in the “A Better Me” campaign, to Google’s desire to actually seamlessly integrate the entire internet directly with our thought processes, here’s one of several streams of new developments promising to even further improve these ideas.
In considering the Internet pathway to godhood being prescribed by MTN and Google, one valid question is: what about information not uploaded unto the Internet? Ongoing researches at places like University of Southern California and the University of Pensylvania are seeking to improve human memories by putting implants that fiddle with the operations of the hippocampus of our brain.  This is currently being tested in rats and in people with epilepsy.  Further applications envisaged include either cancelling of bad memories (eg in shock-shelled military people) or boosting and prolonging sweet memories (can be used to wean off drug addicts). (Details here: )
Ultimately the scientists hope memories can be shared, in which case somebody experiences (not just learn) what somebody else had acquired by experience. The famous mind-meld phenomenon conjectured in Star Trek. (See also our 2010 article on MK Ultra experiments)
The question of course is why we think all these are necessary. Difficult question for folks who don’t believe there is a Creator Who put us here for a definite purpose.  It’s certainly clear that man’s access to knowledge has by far outpaced his capacity for wisdom and good judgement.

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