Brainwaves Reveal IQ

What intelligence is and how to measure it are thorny questions.  If the brain’s information processing power could be measured directly with medical instruments, then the problematic assumptions, cultural biases, and pitfalls of IQ tests could be avoided. Moreover, direct measurement of the brain’s information processing power could reveal how specific brain circuits boost intelligence…

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The threats and ethics of neuroweapons and mind control

The current issue of the UNESCO Courier examines the subject of neuroweapons and mind control.  Many feel new international regulation on the use of neuroscience technology for manipulating and interrogating people’s minds is needed. I agree, but I also think it is prudent to separate fact from fear, and to put this potential threat in…

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Cellphone Data Reveals Health Benefits of Gratitude

This is a Thanksgiving like no other. It is too easy to overlook the priceless blessings of good health, family, friends, and freedom when they are in abundance. But disease swept the globe and took away with it so much of immeasurable value that we had taken for granted. We have all—here and around the…

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Treating Depression by Brain-Implanted Electerodes–New method raises old questions

“I just laughed out loud,” Sarah said describing the first time doctors stimulated electrodes implanted in her brain. “That was the first time I spontaneously laughed and smiled in five years.” Major depressive disorder is a serious, life-risking condition that can be difficult to treat. Sarah had suffered severe depression for years, which was not…

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Electric Brain Wins Two Book Awards

I am honored that my new book Electric Brain has received two awards.  It just received the Gold award for 2021 in the category of Science Books from the Independent Publisher Awards (IPPY Awards).  “The IPPY Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.”…

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Mind Control–The reality of controlling the mind through brain implants and energy beams, and how BCI really works

The raging bull locked its legs mid-charge. Digging its hooves into the ground, the beast came to a halt just before it would have gored the man. Not a matador, the man in the bullring standing eye-to-eye with the panting toro was the Spanish neuroscientist José Manuel Rodriguez Delgado, in a death-defying public demonstration in…

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Do Animals Feel Empathy? Neuroscience illuminates

Empathy is the remarkable ability to perceive the thoughts, intentions, and emotions of other individuals. In human relations, empathy binds us together in interpersonal and social relations. It organizes our social behaviors, is the foundation of our commitment to justice, sparks selfless acts of alturism and heroism, and can be lifesaving by alerting us to…

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