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We've discovering interesting things about the way our brains work all the time. Maybe someday we'll fully understand how our brains actually think, but we're a long way from that now. But in the meantime, here are a few more fascinating tidbits from studying our brains that might lead to smarter humans in the distant future. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 13th, 2012 @ 5:25pm

    slave monkeys!

    Everyone will want a cyborg monkey servant in the future. Do cyborg monkeys dream of electric sheep?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 13th, 2012 @ 5:46pm

    "Taking the SAT in the future might not involve number 2 pencils, but instead a few hours in an MRI machine."

    This is a very bad idea.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 13th, 2012 @ 6:22pm

    One thing I learned about brains is that copyright maximists don't have them.

    Why else contridict your own logic so often?

     

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    Wally (profile), Dec 13th, 2012 @ 7:36pm

    "Studies of human brains and closely related primate brains have shown some differences that could point to specific genes responsible (or at least relevant) for the evolution of brain intelligence. Next stop, planet of the apes, folks."

    Chimpanzees and Bonobo's in particular fit this category. We seem to be sharing about 99% of their brain power. Both use complex forms of communication and honestly we would be stuck like them if it weren't for our shrunk down tongues and our voice boxes being put further down and back into our throats.

     

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    Wally (profile), Dec 13th, 2012 @ 7:39pm

    Re: slave monkeys!

    It has been rumored that Ridley Scott has written at least a treatment for a reboot movie of "Bladerunner" otherwise known as "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick.....will be very interesting to see how the ASPCA handles the part where Isador kills a real cat trying to repair what he thought was a replicant cat.

     

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    Wally (profile), Dec 13th, 2012 @ 7:42pm

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    Agreed. Scholastic Amplitude Tests measure your real life aptitude in handling real life situations (like if you want to race a train to the crossing in your car...kidding just kidding). MRI scans cannot measure how well you would do in the field.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2012 @ 8:51am

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    "we would be stuck like them if it weren't for our shrunk down tongues and our voice boxes being put further down and back into our throats."

    Not to mention a brain 3.5 times the weight of a chimp ....

     

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