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For creatures with a central nervous system, this represents the major organ of that system. For humans and other terrestrial vertebrates, the brain is housed in the head and encased in bone.

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Super-biology-Brain [closed]

Question. How can biology be made smarter than a machine? Here's my flesh and blood creature. His brain is in his skull like a normal human's, but his neck and chest are riddled with faintly visible ...
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Brain download: how to avoid the multiple copies problem?

In a context where downloading the brain of a person has or is about to become possible, there is a problem looming at the horizon: once there is a copy, there is the chance of getting multiple copies....
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How to download the mind once it has been uploaded [closed]

So, continuing along the basis of this earlier question: Justifying why mind uploading destroys the brain, these aspiring immortals now have a full computer emulation of their subject’s brain. (Big ...
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Justifying why mind uploading destroys the brain

So, in the relatively-far future, humans, in their endless quest for immortality, develop a form of mind uploading. This involves scanning the brain, cell by cell, and creating an electronic model of ...
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Would a brain transplant suffer immunorejection if the new body was cloned from the original?

So, having rejected mind uploading in their quest for immortality, the people of my worldbuilding project now seek to develop brain transplanting. The main problem is immunorejection; if you simply ...
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Amazon drones controlled by magic, how to control as many as possible with your brain given low technology level but runic alternative to coding [closed]

My research: In the real world the technology to read and interpret the human brain has been arround for almost a century now and the idea of controlling devices with your brain has been around for ...
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Objectively most efficient way to increase focus?

If resistance is how long you can go doing physically exausting stuff before you die or get overtraining fever then focus is the analogue to magic, your ability to perform magically exhausting stuff ...
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What is the most plausible way for a neuralchip to be invented in a post-apocalyptic society?

I'm creating a RPG game set in 2058, after a parallel history scenario where the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis turned hot, and civilization underwent full scale nuclear war. The game is set in the People'...
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Can my iron neurons work like a biological quantum computer? [closed]

I decided to describe the evolution of scientifically plausible alien creatures and thought about it and decided to make sure that their neurons contained a large amount of elemental iron, which ...
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What mechanism for the transmission of signals between neurons can be faster than our sodium-potassium?

I decided to describe the evolution of scientifically plausible alien creatures and thought about how alien neurons can transmit signals to each other and is it possible in theory some mechanism that ...
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Virtual reality via neural stimulation [closed]

I just learned that scientists are able to stimulate certain regions of a person's brain to make them feel certain emotions or move parts of their body. I was wondering if it would be possible to ...
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Physiological consequences of being a brain in a jar plugged into a robot body [duplicate]

In an alterante universe where Nazi Germany conquered the world, an unfortunate soul has ended up like Cliff Steele from Doom Patrol; his brain has been removed from its original body by a mad nazi ...
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Quantitying religious concept [closed]

Once upon a time, there were people on a planet far away who believed that our galaxy was a brain. Each star would be a neuron. In the absence of wormholes and other ways to get around the speed of ...
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What would the recovery period for a five year coma look like? [closed]

So, I've been kicking around a sort-of "return from another world" idea for a bit now. Basically, the MC gets the crap kicked out of him and ends up in a deep coma with very little brain ...
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Physical consequences of being a brain in a jar plugged into a robot body [closed]

Some unfortunate soul has ended up like Cliff Steele from Doom Patrol; his brain has been removed from its original body, suspended in a vat of life-sustaining liquid, and wired up to a new, robotic ...
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Sensory Extension Overwhelming? [closed]

Amplifying the sensibility and spectrum of your senses, and even adding new senses altogether, in order to perceive the most information from the environment is a common theme in my futuristic setting,...
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How would the human brain aid a human computer interface/implant in solving complex problems in realtime/dynamic uses [closed]

Hooking up a computer to the human brain or somehow connecting the brain to a computer is nothing new in the realm of sci fi literature. But say you want to merge the human brain and a computer ...
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programing genetic memory (or; the hard way to get your kids to clean their room.)

Is genetic memory in higher life forms real? if so can, in theory, an organism be programed for a specific behavior or set of skills? Ie: if genetic memory is a mechanism that does exist, at what ...
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A person has composite memories from countless pasts - how would you detect this with modern medical equipment?

So in this scenario our character is just a regular man in his 30's. Multiverses exist, and our character exists in countless other universes, each variant of himself having different life experiences....
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How quickly can a disembodied human brain space travel and be fine?

In my current worldbuilding project, humans travel through space by putting their brains into advanced, miniature vehicles that supply the brain with the bare-minimum chemicals, electricity, etc, and ...
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Regenerating brain could get rewired differently after getting damaged?

So, the protagonist of the story I'm developing is not a normal human, she was basically a guinea pig for illegal genetic experiments when this whole CRISPR thing was still a novelty(AKA "now&...
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Information necessary to simulate a brain virtually?

In the world i'm developing it's already possible to periodically scan your brain so you can keep a backup in case of you dying (people have rejuvenating treatments but they can still die of unnatural ...
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Hearing effects of shifted time perception.(Bullet-Time) [closed]

Edit: It has come to my attention that "Critical Flicker Frequency" only applies to vision, but the perception of time of animals is measured by this method and i didn't know how to phrase ...
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Idea for a more "efficient" brain?

So if my incredibly basic understanding of how brains across animal species work is that the brain is compartmentalised into a bunch of different sectors that handle things like sight, language, fight ...
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Is mind downloading to a human brain possible?

If we assume that the human mind can be uploaded to a storage device could that mind be transferred back to a human brain? Upload is defined as copying the experiences, skills, emotional tenor, and ...
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How long would it take for evolution to create creatures with same body but different brain of humans?

In a story I am writing, I want to have a creature that is physically very similar to humans, yet has a different brain (e.g. smaller size and smoother). How many generations would it take for ...
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Can this mind control parasite work? [closed]

I want to create a hard science parasite, this parasite consists of a symbiosis of a slime mold and neurons, it enters the host and branches by attaching to the organism. Could my organism control a ...
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Can a brain in a jar be killed or have a reduced lifespan from psychological trauma alone?

I have an original world, Hell, who I credit H. P. Lovecraft for the inspiration. I am not asking a question about any of Lovecraft's published worlds. Inspired by The Whisperer in Darkness I have ...
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Post-mortem brain digitization of the future: HDD backup?

Far in the future, can there be some kind of mechanism where we can slice through a waxed brain and image every synapse, copy the neural map into a computer and find memories and personality traits ...
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How much would a giant brain pay to make you its slave?

In my world, there is a giant brain that possesses a large amount (but not a majority) of the world's neurons. The problem is, it doesn't have a body, so it can't move and it has to pay other ...
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How can a gigantic creature combat neural lag?

For the purposes of the question, it doesn't really matter if the creature's a continent-sized amoeba or a particularly large kaiju. Speed of thought is relatively painfully slow in organic creatures, ...
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data crystal ready, please insert the crystal inside your brain to continue. Wait! but where?

How to get smarter? easy! poke 2 holes in your brain and build a computer around the holes, the computer reads data from some usbs and sends the information to your brain, remove the usb and you also ...
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Do you need a new brain to see new colors?

Humans can see 3 colors, sometimes we can see more one color at the same time, this creates 7 variations of colors and a few million different shades of those same 7 colors. blue, red, green = mix ...
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Focus mode side effects

Premise : The brain is expensive to maintain, 20% of your food expenses go to your brain so it doesn't rot and die of hunger, just to maintain an idle brain. Focusing on something burns way more ...
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How can a hive mind be prevented from learning new information? [closed]

Entities from the spiritual realm must incarnate into the mortal world in order to communicate with humanity. This is done through the use of avatars, which are humanoid shells containing the soul of ...
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If the blindfold on a healthy old man that was never removed since birth is taken down, would the man recognize what he saw? [closed]

I know our brain somehow managed to upright the inverted images our eyes sees, also there's tons of optical illusions out there that are based on what we knew and experienced. Then if those so called ...
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What tests might someone do to assess possible brain damage from time travel? [closed]

I have a character who travels in time, but after making major jumps (like 100 years forward), she begins experiencing side effects—first nose bleeds, but the symptoms begin to increase to things like ...
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Brain-Controlling Bacteria

As a Star Trek fan, I’ve been fascinated about the concept of the Borg and how they have used nanotechnology to assimilate every valuable species. They not only incorporate their technology into their ...
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What needs to be changed in the structure of the human brain to make it as smart as possible?

I have been writing a book for the last eight months ( at the moment I have already written 174 pages ) about anatomically plausible superhumans (a new kind of person who would have to surpass us both ...
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What would happen to people`s memories if they achieve eternal youth and immortality and live for hundreds, thousands of years? [duplicate]

I believe that someday technology will be advanced enough to make aging be "cured" and people will achieve immortality and have a young appearance forever. However even if their brain ...
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How much suction force does it take to pull a human's brain out of their skull?

I have a Krang-like character/parasite that lives in hollowed-out human heads and pilots the body around like a meat mecha. They're essentially a brain with sensory organs and rudimentary manipulators/...
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Can a symbiotic alien species reproduce like a virus through pollinated microscopic microbiomes clouds?

Working on a story of an alien body-snatcher invasion type of story. Basically this is a parasitic symbiotic species that evolved to reproduce through their own microbiome cloud by air and touch. ...
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What is the likelihood of you remembering how to fight after your brain was pierced by a skull shattering projectile spear if it was regenerated?

The enemy boss just threw a spear at you, you tried animation cancelling to iframe and dodge the projectile spear but your finger slipped off the controller and now you've got a spear piercing your ...
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How could transferring knowlege from one person's brain to another person's brain work in a futuristic society?

In my scenario a quite hierarchical society has two particular groups of students: An extremely intelligent well educated elite who are meant to lead the country some day A not less intelligent group ...
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Turn everything into instinct [closed]

Looking at a person and recognizing their face as something human is a calculation done automatically by the brain that took 61 years of study to replicate into a camera. Some people are born without ...
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How can a symbiotic bacteria affect psychology?

Let's say that I have a vampire. This vampire is engaged in a symbiosis with some kind of bacteria; this bacteria grants it increased blood oxidization, cancer-fighting abilities, improved neural ...
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Could an optic chiasma handle faces that share eyes?

A creature has 3 faces, 1 faces left, 1 faces forwards, and 1 faces right. It also has 4 eyes. 2 of these eyes are on the border between the front and side faces, and can be used for stereoscopic ...
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How could a genetically modified creature survive with only partial brain function?

How could a genetically modified creature survive with only partial brain function? Theses are large (8'8) genetically modified humanoids. The brain is also larger. They are also surgically augmented....
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Can we represent all objects in the universe in a small cube? [closed]

Imagine this. An alien culture needs the information of all objects that are present in the universe. Could a cube with an internal structure be constructed so that all objects of the universe can be ...
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How big would the brain of an omnipresent being be?

There is a being who has been alive for as long as there has been life on earth. It has the ability to anomalously produce matter from its body out of nothing. Through the production of microfine ...
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