Category Archives: Brain

The Brain Boost

We already boost our intelligence with external resources, including other people, books, and the Internet. How long before we can start boosting our intelligence inside our brains using implants? If your brain could be made to operate 10-20% faster, if you could completely eliminate mental fatigue or a tendency to become distracted, if you could […]

Did I Have to Post This?

Did I have any choice in posting this video?     Did I have any choice in naming this blog The Speculist? There’s the liberating way of looking at it: every bad career, financial, relationship, or other move I ever made was hardwired in. The problem is, I don’t believe that. Even if they can […]

Get Out of My head!

Speaking of enhancement, the Daily Galaxy presents the downside of brain hacks. The new neologism is “neurosecurity”, an excellent addition to the language (which has only been used in infinity-billion sci-fi stories already). If nothing else, you should be terrified of a cerebral SirCam – imagine a virus pulling a random thought from your head […]

Speeding up the Brain

What if we can start routing our thinking processes the way we route air travel? The concept of a networked brain isn’t so different from the transportation grids used by cars and planes, says Martijn van den Heuvel, a neuroscientist at Utrecht University Medical Center who led the new study. “If you’re flying from New […]

Brain Bugs and Brain Features

Dispatches from a rapidly changing, rapidly improving world Special Dispatch April 15, 2009 It’s tax day here in the good old US of A: as good a time as any to remember that, whether your take is that it’s happening because of massive government spending or in spite of massive government spending, life in this […]

You Heard it Here First

How Google Is Making Us Smarter The argument that Stephen has made more than once is that Google vastly expands our ability to recall information — making it a tremendous memory aid. Philosophers Andy Clark of the University of Edinburgh and David Chalmers with the Australian National University agree — for those of us who […]

Hallucinating for a Better Tomorrow

I Just love the headline. Well, really, the sub-head: Hack your brain How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn’t it be fun to hallucinate on your lunch break? Although we typically associate such phenomena with powerful drugs like LSD or […]

Waking Up

Did you ever hear one of those little electric timers they use at Starbucks? I’m not sure what they’re for — some drinks require precise timing, I suppose. I was meeting some friends at a Starbucks earlier this evening and I had an experience that I’ve had a few times before — a very odd […]

Marginally Less Dorky

My day job has had me so busy the past few weeks that I haven’t been able to put many blog posts out. Now that I’m off work for a few days, I find I don’t know where to start. How about the ever-important question of looking cool? Not being cool, mind you — as […]

Future Glimpses

Why does the image above appear to move? Why do optical illusions work? New research shows that it’s because our brains, compensating for our inability to see in real time (we’re actually about a 10th of a second behind the curve), compensate by showing us what is likely to happen next: [Researcher Mark Changizi of […]