Brain Research - Future Likely Studies
The next part of EA seems especially important in this discussion!
Once the computer had recorded ALL the signals from all the coils,
it should then be possible for the computer to PRODUCE that same set
of currents in all the coils. They would create magnetic fields,
which would then combine to cause an electrical potential WITHIN the
bundle of neurons, hopefully so accurately that the specific neuron
would receive the artificial signal. In that case, the neuron then
would have an artificial signal which it would then process as
though it had actually come from either the hand or the brain!
The body should then process that signal as though it had been
an actual signal the body had generated!
When OJ Simpson killed his ex-wife and her friend around 1991, I noted
that the news reports indicated that her dog (named something like
Cujo, I think) had apparently actually witnessed the murders. I
immediately told several others with me that it was too bad that
neural science was not advanced enough where the dog could be
taken to Court so that his "recorded brain images" might be
played back so that the Jury might have seen what the dog had seen.
At the time, I mentioned that I thought it likely that neural science
might be capable of doing that around 2010.|
It looks like I was somewhat optimistic about that! However, late in
2007, a TV segment on a science program presented something that
seems to be an extremely crude experiment that is along that
direction! The experiment involves a "skull cap" (which
resembles a tight swimming cap) which apparently has some coils of
wires embedded in it. Each coil is connected to a different computer
When brain activity occurs in a particular part of the brain, that
is actually a collection of separate (a sort of alternating current)
electrical signals which are passing along neurons inside
the brain. In Physics, we know that when alternating current passes
along a conductor (the neuron in this case), a specific (very weak)
magnetic field is created around the neuron. That magnetic field
expands outward so that it passes through the coils in the nearby
skullcap. As the fluctuating magnetic field passes through such a
coil, Physics again tells us that an electrical potential (voltage)
is created in each of those coils.
The specific reason this caught MY attention was that this is
essentially the same concept which is the basis for the
Electronic Medical Anesthesia, for which I had uploaded a web-page
in March 1999! In that case, I considered the brain to be too
complex to try to analyze, but the nerve signals TO a hand from the
brain necessarily all pass through a very narrow bundle of neurons
near the center of the arm, and the nerve/pain signals FROM a hand
to the brain necessarily also pass through that same bundle.
Therefore, in the 1990s, I desired to assemble many coils of wire
in a "sleeve" which might do exactly the same as the
recent skullcap is doing for the brain! My desire then was to
use computers to analyze ALL of the signals from all the sleeve
coils of wire (which would be in many different angular orientations)
where the computer could then figure out where a SINGLE neural
signal had passed through the arm.
Sadly, I have not found any researchers who have had the slightest
interest in building or advancing my Electronic Anesthesia
concept! It is especially sad because it seems that it might
have enabled crippled people to be able to either control their
limbs in an artificial way OR that the signals captured might be
re-introduced into the nervous system PAST wherever the injury had
destroyed a spinal cord. So, in addition to the benefits of
the non-intrusiveness of Electronic Anesthesia for medical procedures,
it seems to me that millions of people in wheelchairs might also
benefit from that concept.
I consider EA as being extremely credible regarding existing
technologies. Even better, I later discovered that the US
government had invented a top-secret system in the 1960s called
Ivy Bells, where they laid a device that included many coils
of wires ALONGSIDE Soviet underwater telephone cables. Rather than
having to actually "tap" the phone lines (which is often
sensed by the phone user), the Ivy Bells system did not actually
even touch the undersea cable! It apparently worked very well,
as the US government used this system for several years, until the
Soviets got a message from a spy that Ivy Bells was down there,
and the Soviets grabbed the device. It is apparently now sitting
in a Museum in Moscow! In any case, apparently the US government
had figured out even in the 1960s how to analyze all the different
readings from the different coils where they could SEPARATE OUT
each of the many individual conversations going on through the
bundle of wires in that cable. Ivy Bells is no longer top-secret,
and it is apparently now even considered to be obsolete, but I
have never been able to find ANY design diagrams of the arrangement
of coils they used, or any of the analysis circuitry or software, or
nearly anything else, except for the fact that the system existed
(and that there is now one of them in that Museum in Moscow!)
Since Ivy Bells apparently included EVERYTHING I need for the
Configuration 1 of the Electronic Anesthesia, it is frustrating to
know that the government had spent countless millions of dollars
in designing their arrangement of coils and their methods of
processing the data generated, as that information would IMMEDIATELY
make EA available to the Medical community! It appears that even
though it is now considered totally obsolete, that information is
not to be made available to me, such that I am apparently expected
to personally fund the many millions of dollars of research to
discover those same things. Seems immensely foolish to me, as
there is no possible way that I could or would do that. Especially
since I know that there ARE papers and people existing who already
have all that knowledge!
It seems certain that attempting to do the same for the immensely
complex neural signals in the brain must be a thousand times
harder to do than to do the comparatively simple task of analyze
of the signals within a narrow bundle of parallel neurons inside
the arm. So I was extremely interested in seeing that TV segment!
Where can this lead in the future? There are MANY different possibilities!
The idea that prisons and schools might become unnecessary is
pretty overwhelming! These comments might simply be silly thoughts
regarding such things, mostly because of how complex the brain is.
It may never be possible for us to develop computers that are capable
of processing so much data!
- If the OJ dog possibility can be developed, then we would have a
way to "see the world through the eyes of a specific animal"
This could be immensely helpful in some day even communicating with
such animals. Rather than trying to teach an animal our language or
our hand gestures, we might be able to SEE the images that the animal
considers good or bad, and having recorded those readings, maybe even
artificially insert those same images into its consciousness! If a dog
is closely bonded to a human, it might be possible to artificially insert
images of that human into its mind, to see how it reacts. Images of
dog goodies or a dog bed or a bowl of dogfood or another dog might
each cause noticeable reactions.
- If that is possible, then using skullcaps on dolphins or chimpanzees
might eventually enable actual complex communication between them and
us. We may be able to learn a lot from dolphins, which have existed
for a hundred times longer than we humans have!
- Such experiments MIGHT actually result in the Court situation
which first inspired my interest in this subject, where that dog
might be called as a witness to some serious crime in Court!
- Eventually, maybe by 2025 or 2030, these technologies might
have advanced enough to enable some REALLY impressive things.
I am not really sure whether these should be considered good or
- What about if an accused person is processed with this
approach regarding the alleged crime? If a courtroom (and Judge
and Jury) could actually see the record of what THE ACCUSED
had seen (and heard), I would think that would be immensely
strong evidence, even if the accused never said a word!
For a long time, there has already been weak attempts at doing
such things, such as with hypnotic regression where a subject
is instructed to recall long-forgotten or repressed memories.
Unfortunately, it has been found that many such "memories"
had never occurred in the first place! A method where the
actual recorded images the eyes had witnessed are presented
might be more reliable.
- This gets to the most extreme of these possibilities!
What if, once someone was convicted of doing some horrendous
crime, a skullcap was used. In the same way that it is possible
to "wipe clean a computer hard-drive" it may be possible
to selectively or completely ERASE a person's behaviors or personality
traits. This might suggest that there might no longer be any need
for any Prisons after around 2030! Anyone who would normally be
sent to such a prison might have his/her mind erased of those
undesirable behaviors, where they could IMMEDIATELY re-enter
society as a productive person.
- Notice that a very positive side of this also exists! Instead
of children needing to spend 12 years in schools, a pre-programmed
education could possibly be placed in their minds in a matter of minutes!
A small child might then KNOW the history of the French Revolution
and Calculus and the contents of Les Miserables, without having to
spend all those years in school. (I am not so sure about the
social skills that gradually develop in those years in school around
- A person who might want to be an Electrician or an Auto Mechanic
or an Aerodynamicist might then simply use such a skullcap to learn the
entire subject in a few minutes!
Still, two of the central features of modern society might no longer
be necessary at all. In fact, if criminals were re-programmed
in such ways, there would then probably be zero recidivism, that is,
no one would commit the same crime again! There might be minimal
need for Police!
I personally doubt that computers will ever advance enough to
enable these last few concepts. However, the first several seem
extremely likely, and probably by 2020. I fully believe that
we humans will then have excellent ways of communicating in
both directions with at least a few species of animals.
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