Re: [humanism-174] Re: scientists extract brain images (!)

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Monday, December 15, 2008 9:37 PM
Yeah, Brainstorm was a pretty good flick- seems there were more imaginative sci-fi films back then.
I will now proceed to half-ruin the film for everyone:
A team of scientists discover a method of recording not only brain images, but actual personal experiences- complete with all sensory perceptions, emotions, etc.... others are able to "replay" the experiences... the obligatory evil government agency/corporation wants to use the new technology for ill... one guy "records" himself having sex, and another older guy "replays" the best parts in a continuous loop & freaks out... at the film's climax, one of the scientists "records" her own death... the protagonist dodges the evil government/corporate guys 'til he's able to "watch" the death "recording"... turns out there is an afterlife, but "souls" look like floating rainbows & "heaven" looks like a spiral galaxy- no sign of any supreme being.
So all this is obviously way beyond the simple black & white images that the real scientists at ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories were able to extract- it seems they had to go through a lot just to obtain a simple visual image. But ATR's discovery does represent a breakthrough- it'll be interesting to see where this technology is at in 10 years.

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM, Ray V <[address removed]> wrote:

>I'm reminded of Natalie Wood's last film, Brainstorm (1982, w/Christopher Walken).


All I remember about that movie was it was really good.  Maybe it's time to look that movie up.

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