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Scientists are heralding the beginning of a “golden age” where minds could be manipulated to function better, although LeDoux acknowledges that ethical implications include the possibility that the application of the technology could lead to the creation of “fearless monsters.”
DARPA’s push for brain chips that could erase or implant memories takes on a somewhat sinister tone given the organization’s prior advocacy of edible “authentication microchips” and electronic tattoos that can read a person’s mind.
Hold that image and you have the 24-year old neuroscience doctoral candidate, James Holmes, a young man with several links to the U.S. government research Salk Institute involved in neurologically enhancing soldiers’ abilities on the battlefield, and with connections to DARPA
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Researchers are exploring provocative questions about what memory fundamentally is—and how it might be manipulated. Some scientists are tweaking the brains of lab rats in order to implant false memories or remove specific memories.
DALLAS, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred Spagnoletti, who after retiring 12 years ago as President of a group of international aerospace companies, began studying the mind and memory processes of modern humans.
Spagnoletti explains, "The flaw discovered in the DNA of every modern human works just like a virus does in a computer program. Triggered by certain characteristics of our knowledge preexisting at the time, our brain, due to the flaw, discards very specific conflicting knowledge in our conscious mind and memory, and causes our remaining knowledge on the respective subject to be one-sided and incomplete. A more accurate description of our remaining knowledge on the respective subject is that it is wrong, and it leads us to conclusions that are wrong, as well as to decisions that are wrong.
The flaw manifests itself without disclosing itself, i.e. it leaves no evidence whatsoever of what has been done. That happens because once our brain has discarded specific information from our conscious mind and memory, we can't remember 'what we don't remember' (the discarded information), or even that any information had vanished. That is the reason why the flaw is so dangerous, as well as the reason why it wasn't discovered before now."