reply to post by Swizzy
Swizzy, imagine if you will a hypothetical scenario in which you have no use of your limbs. You lost that functionality during a car crash, or a fall
, or an attack which affected the part of your brain which affects motor function.. At the moment, you have ,dependant on the exact causes of your
injury, a pretty poor chance of regaining the use of your limbs, because the wounds to your head caused damage to your brain, which is ,as you will be
aware, one of the most delicate organs in the body.
Now, if you imagine instead , that there IS a treatment, that by identifying the areas of your brain which are damaged, by using this method of
observing the behaviour of your motor functional network, and finding out which exact neurons are miss firing, and REPLACING THEM using stem cell
techniques. You get back up, you walk around, you heal and lead a normal life, rather than being unable to move.
Those who have PTSD could be re adjusted with this method, and that would be of MASSIVE benifit. Those who have dangerous psychopathologies, could be
examined to better understand and one day treat serious psychopathy without the use of drugs , which would be a better outcome for society and for the
sufferer of the mental dysfunction. Those with severe learning difficulties could be better treated, as better understanding of the failed mechanics
of thier brains comes to the fore. Autism could be treated with this method also. The intelligence often coupled with autism could finaly be
counterweighted with the capacity for the sufferer to enjoy interpersonal relationships in a full and engaged manner.
The only problem I foresee with this new found capacity for reprogramming the mind is this. Humanity is flawed , often beyond the understanding of
its membership. The likelihood of this new found capability being used solely to improve the lives of mankind, is near enough nil. Someone , somewhere
will use this obviously effective method of programming to remove the inhibitions of individuals, or groups of organised individuals, to effect
reductions in fear, to increase endurance artificialy, and to remove the limitations that the mind places on the strength of the body. Imagine the
effect of programming in the effects of PCP for instance,without the chemical downfalls.
I think this is perhaps the most dangerous piece of research I have heard of for a very long time, but considering the potential benifits, I cannot
throw overmuch fear at it.