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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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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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How realistic are my neurons?

I am writing a book about anatomically plausible superhumans ( a new artificially created form of man ), which, in addition to incredible physical strength, should also be distinguished by incredible ...
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Can a person whose brain was 98% destroyed but then recreated maintain some of their memories?

TL:DR A brain is turned into mush, destroyed, then 98% of the organ is replaced with other brain tissue. Can that 2% account for memories shared between both brains? Can the brain remember things that ...
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Brain transplant or ....body transplant?

From a surgery point of view, which option is easier, requiring less skills thus having minor chances of failure in the hand of skilled surgeons? -Transplanting a new brain in another body -Replacing ...
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How to bring a person out of a coma, mushrooms?

How to bring a person out of a coma when doctors can't cope? The man was dead for 2 hours. I was lying in the swamp water. He was taken to the hospital. The superhero, a biotechnologist, has healed ...
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Is it possible to create an alternate reality through intercepting neurons and creating artificial neuron signals like in SAO (Sword Art Online)

I have been thinking a lot about creating an Alternate Reality that would essentially allow you to experience similar or as close as possible sensations as if in real life, and I really need some help ...
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How realistic is my idea of dividing the brain into several separate models?

Recently, I decided to work on scientifically plausible superhumans that would have to be quite different from ordinary people from an anatomical point of view and be many times smarter than us. So ...
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How viable is my model of gapless neurons?

Recently, I have been writing about anatomically plausible superhumans ( a more advanced, stronger, and smarter human species that was artificially created and planted on a terraformed planet similar ...
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How could a false memory machine work?

False memories are often used on science fiction, so my question is how could this work? best answer: It’s ok for it to be solely theorized, but the most developed method will be prefered machine ...
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Without cellular-level aging, will brain eventually wear out? If so, how long it will take?

After lots and lots of work, team of biologists and computer scientists finally made what was deemed to be nearly impossible - a (digital) brain uploading and simulation system. Like every emulator ...
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Non Invasive Matrix style BCI to directly read and stimulate brain?

Is it possible to have non invasive BCI that could be attached and detached to the head and not require surgery, while working like the "plugs" in the Matrix? If possible what would these ...
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How do telecom companies survive when everyone suddenly knows telepathy?

One day a small meteorite impact occurred somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, and moments later a mysterious green glow sweeps across the globe at an amazing speed. All of a sudden everyone can hear ...
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Plausibility of implants that hijack our emotions to improve human mental performance

Set in the near future (2030 A.D.): the Chinese government initiates a nationwide program aiming to create a new generation of people who are more objective and less prone to making stupid decisions ...
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Throwing away muscle memory to make brain backups smaller. Would it work?

Overlord is the best 5-episode anime, as I only acknowledge the existence of episodes 14-18, the rest is gorehound edge bait I can only recommend to people who are still flaming about the titan CGI. ...
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Natural prosthetics

Many prosthetics work by receiving pressure from small movements and translating them into more complex movements. Ivan Davis for example has made himself a hand with full control of fingers which ...
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Could a species give birth to smaller babies than humans but have larger brains as adults?

I know that brain size is less important than structure and that human babies' brains are 27% the size of an adult's, but humans give birth to large brained babies. As a result, humans can't support ...
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If a disembodied mind/soul can think, what does the brain do?

In fantasy fiction, we often see that disembodied minds or souls can think just as if they were alive - eg in an afterlife or as incorporeal undead. In the real world, thinking and other mental ...
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Proof for extracerebral origin of thoughts

In a world which to a visitor coming from our own world would appear to be identical to our own, the mental processes (thoughts, emotions, memory) do not occur in the brain. That is, memory isn't ...
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Is there a theoretical maximum to physical pain?

I'm imagining some form of torturer trying to maximise the pain of its subject, and what limitations (if any) would bound the amount of pain that could be caused. The brain can only process a certain ...
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Where can the brain be arranged inside the torso?

The volume of the human brain is 91-95% of the capacity of the skull, if you read my previous questions then you know that I need to avoid an excessive increase in the volume of the brain in the skull,...
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How to increase the cognitive ability of the human brain without increasing the size of the cranium?

Graham is the joint brainchild of sculptor Patricia Piccinini, a leading trauma and road safety specialist. The humanoid creature they created is developed on the basis of many car accidents and ...
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Possibility of forced thinking [closed]

Would it be possible to electrically trigger the brain to do certain things? For example, if you shock a muscle in just the right place, it contracts. Could a similar practice be done on a brain to ...
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What needs to be changed in the structure of the human brain in order to give it better multitasking?

The brain of a modern person can execute dozens of thought processes without overflowing. And parallel multitasking has a clear survival advantage. How do you need to change the human brain (if ...
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How to make communication between members of the collective mind?

According to the plot of my anatomical guide, superhumans created by me are sometimes able to unite into a single collective mind, while becoming a single superintelligent entity. The swarms of these ...
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