MKMMA 2016 Week3 – Hacking our Brain
This week while at work I discovered something very cool. It all started with a book sitting on a shelf while I was working on a computer. The book was titled “Principles of Neural Science”, a title very direct, and to the point for sure. I was interested and intrigued mostly because I have had my interest in neural science greatly increased knowing that we can indeed re-program our brains.
My conversation with the owner lead me to an even more interesting concept. A brain-pacemaker. I had a difficult time imagining what a brain-pacemaker would do, knowing that a pacemaker for the heart basically keeps a heart beating at a rhythmic pace, I inquired if this device would keep your thoughts flowing at a set pace, or what exactly does a brain-pacemaker was capable of?
It turns out it is used for Parkinson’s disease, and yes it is a surgical implant having a battery under the skin in the top left shoulder area just above the heart, and something like an electrode that goes into the brain where it somehow interrupts or modifies the electrical impulses of the brain. Thinking a little on this concept and learning about it I couldn’t help but wonder how far a contraption like this could go. The move “The Matrix” popped into mind where one can literally plug in and be taught something like Kung Fu instantly.
I also pondered the idea of thought modification or control by some electronic implant, something like the Borg from Star Trek’s for a vivid for example, and while I am hopeful this isn’t possible, it is a bit scary to imagine what a device like this might be capable of.
My point? This experience re-enforced to me just how important our thoughts, and perceived individuality, truly are. Here is a Youtube video about the device that even shows the device being turned off and the symptoms returning. Literally a type of switch that can be turned off and on effecting how the brain, and thus the body, performs, and thus the entire body behave differently. Interestingly this is not too much of a stretch in that binary (computer language) is a series of 1’s and 0’s which is essentially switches that are set to on or off. A bit creepy to think that we can now install a switch to control the functioning of one’s brain.
Consider just how power our thoughts must be for something like this to even work. Your brain is literally a flesh and blood computer that has been programmed through all of your experiences, and it can also be re-programmed, if only we take the time to learn how, and then what we want to program into it. A truly amazing power that fortunately, for us, does not require an implant, or even brain surgery. By simply mastering specific techniques, creating new thought patters and habits, we can literally reprogram our brain, specifically our sub-conscious, which as those of us in the MKMMA know can fire 4 billion synaptic connections instantly making decisions for us rather we like it or not. Flight or fight response comes to mind as we don’t even have to think in situations of danger we know instinctively and instantly how to react because our brains are programmed, even hard-wired to do so.