Brain re-wired

New Brains from old

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids

The title doesn’t really do the article justice –  the theme Harris is proposing is that  “technology is changing the structure of our brains” ! ! !   On the other hand, and Harris does acknowledge this – our brains are designed to be changed.  In many ways that is what is so unique about our brains (and perhaps what gave us the edge over the Neanderthal brain).  In fact this very plasticity that may account for the rise and evolution of speech and language as a result of developing technological prowess (knapping stone tools).  So adaptation to the internet may  be a good thing freeing our brains from having to remember a lot of stuff and allowing new modes of thinking.  Who knows, with brains like ours, our intellectual evolution isn’t over, and may yet  give us an advantage over the fast evolving AI threat.

Inside the Strange New World of DIY Brain Stimulation | Magazine | WIRED


Electric Lobotomy Kit

Inside the Strange New World of DIY Brain Stimulation | Magazine | WIRED.

The desperation of pain sufferers aside (for whom the slimmest route to relief must seem infinitely worth it), for the DIYist, there is here the wonderful temptation for the short cut to self-improvement, enhancement without effort.  At the flick of a switch you can fulfil your (brain’s) desire: faster learning, deeper understanding, creativity, calmer mind.

And why not? If it’s harmless.  Only I would be a little concerned at the long term effects of disrupting the delicate electric flows in my brain.