Questions tagged [brain]

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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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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Is it possible, given modern technology, to fake brain damage?

I'm writing a story, in which it's in a character's best interest to fake a brain-damaged state -- just for a week or two. I know MRI's are available to access brain activity, but would my character ...
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Could a human receive an eye transplant from other animals? [closed]

So one of the aspects of my science fiction world is genetic manipulation and modification of humans by one of the factions. I am wanting to have a subset of humans who receive a single eye transplant,...
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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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Effects of immortality on human brain and consciousness

I'm writing a story that features modified humans that have a very long lifespan/ practically immortality. Immortal characters in fiction aren't exactly rare, but I want to write something more ...
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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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Multiple “brain-backups” in the spine, how would it work?

Have you Watched Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2? Then you can maybe look at this. The guy has so far been blown up, stabbed in the neck with a sword, and blown up again. So, why didn't he die? Well, ...
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How much mayhem could I cause as a sentient fish?

On our world, human minds can be transferred intact into animals. It was originally intended for people with medical conditions, but some genius thought it would be clever to store violent prisoners ...
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Can a human brain operate at temperatures lower than 36 degrees Celsius?

I have a character who is human but doesn't generate their own body heat, like a cold-blooded animal. Is it unfeasible for a human brain to be operating despite this?
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What brain parts and processes are most plausibly able to a second incorporeal brain-like organ?

One of the conceits of my world is that the brain takes advantage of some physical processes we don't fully understand resulting in an incorporeal brain-like organ called the Yau-body. Fairly early ...
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How would a decrease in intelligence as a punishment be carried out?

An ideal punishment for evil scientists or geniuses would be a judicially mandated, deliberate decrease in intelligence. Let's say that a judge ordered a person's IQ to be decreased from 200 to 110. ...
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To what degree can a human's perception of pain (or suffering) be increased?

Suppose we have some form of malevolent superintelligent AI (or whole brain upload, or alien, etc.) Assume that this entity intends to do everything in its power to optimise for the pain and/or ...
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What drug could interfere with a chip hooked into your nervous system?

Say a character had a chip implanted within their brain (thank you to everyone who helped with that question) and wanted a drug to try and mess with the chip's ability to hook into their senses and ...
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Is it possible for a character to live 17 million years?

I have a human character who had his mind transferred to a computer via a method where his brain was gradually replaced with digital parts to preserve his consciousness. (Depending on your view of the ...
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How to induce Mandela effect to the entire nation that machines are uprising?

Set in the 18th century C.E. somewhere in Europe with population of slightly more than 2 million, they are just starting to light up the streets using electricity and for the first time they gets to ...
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Communist brain, 5 people sharing one mind [closed]

Her: Greg I had enough of your sht! Why did you do that? What the hell was in your mind?! Him: our, our mind. That was just a stupid joke, forgive my stupid humor, but imagine if different ...
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Would a human brain with 50% fewer neurons but 50% more dendrites be as intelligent in modern society?

Suppose advancement in medicine and using cutting edge technology we could remove (halve) the amount of neurons in a healthy brain and allow the left over neurons to somehow grows extra dendrites that ...
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How would a biological brain be updated with its digital memory?

In my story characters can go into perfectly simulated virtual worlds where their memories have been replicated down to the individual neurons and their protien structures. In these worlds time passes ...
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How can an implant erase memories without causing irreparable damage?

The government has a procedure that employees undergo when working on special projects regarding experimental technology. These scientists are taken to a clandestine site where they will not be able ...
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What system would I build for the human brain to be able to experience 400 years of earth time events in only 4 hours? [closed]

preferably need knowledge about brain-computer interfaces brain neural enhancement brain in a vat the novel SHADOWS by John Saul perspective in which you see the computer as the thing which allows ...
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What are the conditions in which a creature would evolve more than one brain?

Would any creature ever need to evolve a second (or multiple) brain(s)? If so, under what conditions, why, and what implications would it have on the creature's intelligence? Note that while an ...
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How can a sorcerer avoid developing a mental disorder?

It is an undisputed fact among scientists that individuals, groups, and peoples are subject to the same Darwinian laws of natural selection as plants and animals. Social Darwinism has proven that the ...
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How fast could you run a human brain?

Accelerating a person's perceived sense of time is a fairly common subject in science fiction, and to keep a long story short, I was wondering just how far you could stretch time out when you're ...
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Why would my species expose their brains through a glass dome?

The species I have created looks eerily humanlike, practically indistinguishable from human except for a reptile-like tail and an exposed brain. The top portion of the skull is replaced with a glass-...
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Could a creature evolve a cubic brain?

One thing that is fairly common amongst nearly every macro-scale living thing on this planet is the brain. The brain controls when creatures breathe, move, talk, etc., but the brains of said living ...
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Big Brains Needed

I need the biggest brain I can realistically get, how big is it and why? I've done a bit of research. I know we (humans) have big brains. We've even got big brains compared to our weight (...
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Can the future theoretically be predicted through analyzing the exact patterns of the universe? [closed]

My neuroscience is a little fuzzy, so bear with me. If your wondering how this ties in with world building, it's for a science fiction novel I'm writing, in which there is no magic. I am hoping to ...
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Overclocking VR

Set in the immediate future, social network evolves with the advancement of 10G network and a major breakthrough in medicine. Giant tech companies raced to develop state of the art VR technology which ...
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Selectively Shutting Down Human Emotion

I ran across an article briefly describing a woman suffering from Urbach-Wiethe disease (UWd). UWd leaves calcification within the amygdala and in this case subject lost all sense of fear (this case ...
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Adverse effects of reduced food variety on microbiome

We often see, in Sci-fi, food being produced from, say, algae or yeast. What could be the effect of such a limited diet on the gut microbiome? Would there be any believable side-effect that would have ...
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How to keep the emotions when the brain-in-a-jar is connected to a cyborg body

Let us assume that Science has discovered how to keep a brain alive outside the body, that mind-machine interfaces are advanced enough to connect the CNS to electronic hardware and communicate ...
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Is it possible to convert electric signals into brain waves?

In my world i want people to live in digital world (something like the matrix or sword art online), and I'm not sure if things I wanna achieve are even possible. I'm talking about a computer who's ...
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Is it possible to map the firing of neurons in the human brain so as to stimulate artificial memories to the amnesiac person?

As the title says, Is it possible to map the firing of neurons in the human brain so as to stimulate artificial memories to the amnesiac person? This is based on this similar question; Is it possible ...