posted on May, 30 2011 @ 12:52 AM
reply to post by Illustronic
I do not agree that such a device is not beyond our technological abilities. Far from it, really far from it. I consider what I read and it appears to
me that the bulk of what is written about mankinds ability to understand the human brain is advanced theory based on data acquired through stimulation
and reaction observation.
Even then it is primarily guesswork. I'm sure research does the best they can, and that they feel they have made huge strides in advancement of
unraveling the mysteries of the gray matter. There is an incredible amount of books on the subject written by very well educated people. The same can
be said for other subjects that are still mysteries to mankind. In an inverse proportion, it appears the less that is known factually about a given
subject, the more books are written upon it. This speaks for itself.
Look at the field of mental illness. Electroshock therapy is still in use, as barbaric and primitive as it is. For given applications it is regarded
as the best application. To rephrase: they don't have something better.
Further, there are not cures for mental illness. Therapy combined with the hard work of a willing & able patient teaches understanding and coping, but
no cure. Medication serves as another form of bandage, some may dull, some soothe, but cure? No, they don't. And a good deal of medication utilized
in mental illness applications came about as a result of "happy accidents", unintended discoveries realized by research technicians working on other
projects. Happy accidents are a portion of many facets of science. And a great deal of science is based upon theories which may or may not later prove
to be incorrect. Science texts are regularly updated, they have to be.
We've seen wonderful charts & graphs and read of what may be, but I feel we have a very long way to go.