Hacking our wetware: the biophysical approach - with Andrew Vladimirov.
About this talk:
What are the most promising methods to enhance human mental and intellectual abilities significantly beyond the so-called physiological norm? Which specific brain mechanisms should be targeted, and how? Which aspects of wetware hacking are likely to grow in prominence in the not-too-distant future?
This talk goes beyond the topic of pharmacological and future genetic avenues of human cognition enhancement, and is instead dedicated to the relevant physical neurostimulation approaches and methods.
By reviewing a variety of fascinating experimental findings, this talk will explore:
The potential of non-invasive neurostimulation using direct and alternating current and their combination The potential of using TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for cognition enhancement Data suggesting the possibility to "awaken" savant-like skills in healthy humans without paying the price of autism Apparent means to stimulate seemingly paranormal abilities and transcendental experiences Subject to the talk time, the presenter's personal data related to weak field TMS and "digital nootropics" design will be explored.
About Andrew Vladimirov:
Andrew is a neuroscience PhD who quit academia years ago to run a private company as no grants related to the topics of his main research interests were available. He continues to experiment with nootropics, CES and TMS on himself, friends and colleagues in free time. Back in the USSR and right after its collapse he participated in design and testing of potential nootropic and ergotropic compounds under supervision of one of the creators of Picamilon. In a separate project, he also studied effects of SHF (super high frequency waves) on tissue regeneration.
2pm-4pm, Saturday 23rd March
Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room 532 (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/roombookings/rooms/malet-street/mal-532) is on the 5th floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.
Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub-food/marlborough-arms-bloomsbury/pid-C7440), 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ
Optional pre-meeting rendezvous - please feel free to join a small number of regular London Futurist attendees at the Marlborough Arms any time from 12.30pm onwards, for general chat over a light lunch and/or drinks. To find us, look out for a table with a futurist book on it.
Previous talk by Andrew Vladimirov:
Optional pre-meeting background reading - see http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/events/79975272/ for information about a previous "Hacking our wetware" talk by the same speaker.
Slides covering the material presented by the speaker at that event are available to members of this Meetup on the Files page of this Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/files/).
Covering meeting costs:
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