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Make someone overreact So you swim to North Korea (hopefully the tank was not too far). Once there, you regroup in the shape of a submarine and you slowly approach any US/Japanese/Chinese/North Korean/South Korean warship you can find. Hope someone overreact and press the wrong button. If not, try again. Playing with nerves Also every time you see ...


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Let's shut down and/or melt-down some nuclear power plants. Heck if some brainless Swedish jellyfish could do it in 2013, surely a gang of criminal salmon can manage!


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This answer may be voted as non-responsive, but I think your question may be missing your point. You assert that "filtering out" the unimportant stimulus is a sign of slow or incomplete processing. Instead, I consider it to be a very high-speed approach to eliminating unimportant inputs and allowing the situational intelligence to focus on the unexpected,...


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a machine that perfectly maps out the way in which neurons fire in Patient A regarding a certain memory, and then to stimulate an identical firing of neurons in Patient B, so as to allow them to live that memory or even believe it to be theirs? This can only work if the wiring of the neurons in our brain is standardized and homogeneous like the circuitry in ...


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Memory RNA While not scientifically established (AFAIK), the concept of genetic memory goes as follows (quoted from Wikipedia's memory RNA article): Memory RNA is a hypothetical form of RNA that was proposed by James V. McConnell and others in the 1960s as a means of explaining how long-term memories were stored in the brain. The concept behind it was ...


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The Dragon is always° the mother. The child develops faster than typical for the 'donor' species, but the pregnancy lasts longer. During this "extra time" between the infant being fully developed and being born, the placenta carries nerve signals in addition to nutrients. This allows the Dragon to "prime" the child's brain and copy memories or skills ...


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Adrenaline does help the brain function, but it is more about faster reactions (i.e. faster information processing), not about improving reasoning capacity. Moreover, adrenaline triggers fight-or-flight mode in the brain, which is not exactly helpful for things like developing new tools, or planning hunting strategy, since they require calm and slow ...


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What harm can they do? Not much. They lack arms/hands and legs/feet. Their ways of communicating will be limited, and whatever they come up with according forcing them to work together to learn to communicate that will be some form of communication which works for the giants fish tanks they're being held in. Not a vast ocean. Besides, most species of ...


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Die, and be reborn. In general, if you have stuff, you can maintain what you have. Or you can throw it out when it is worn and get new. Our bodies do both. Epithelial cells (like skin) fulfills its task and then dies and is sloughed. Blood cells live their lives and then die and are recycled. Neurons are not recycled. They are long lived, and so are ...


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A good example will be Octopus. The octopus (along with cuttlefish) has the highest brain-to-body mass ratios of all invertebrates; it is also greater than that of many vertebrates. It has a highly complex nervous system, only part of which is localised in its brain, which is contained in a cartilaginous capsule. Two-thirds of an octopus's neurons are ...


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Well, I'm sorry to say, but the world as you know it, is in deeper trouble than you think. The fishes just need to follow a simple 2-step process. Step 1: Try to get back into a human body. Given that "The business of mind storage [has] become a profitable one", it would be fair to assume that the technology to do so would be fairly easily accessible. So ...


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To "replicate such firing" is, as noted, impossible in 2 different brains. They are just too different. However, consider that right now, you are reading these words and my thoughts are becoming your thoughts. We have both spent years learning English in order that these formations of black and white pixels fire the correct neurons. This learning process ...


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Reality check: Not Gonna Happen Keeping a brain alive is a rather trivial exercise and Brythan's answer provides two common modes of feeding people who can't feed themselves. It's a "trivial exercise" because TPN and G-Tubes are placed in living bodies whose metabolic functions are working properly. But Bill is looking to do something radically different ...


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Falling down a K hole. It is hard to keep from responding to the world - especially if someone hurts you to see if you are faking. But it is a lot easier with drugs. Ketamine is used to achieve this state. https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-a-k-hole-21861 Ketamine is a dissociative drug. In simple terms, dissociative drugs make users feel detached ...


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My cat sleeps all the time... I'm going to advocate that sleep need not be lost in your circumstances. The Circadian rhythm is convenient, but I'm not convinced my cat knows what it is. Or, perhaps, our Latin brothers and sisters, who enjoy siesta. Rest can come at any time, whether through sleep or meditation. However, as I think about it, it's not ...


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Your super smart Salmon want to cause chaos so what they do is abduct highly aggressive species and forcefully migrate them into environments where they have an abundance of food and not many natural predators. Eventually the ecosystem in these areas are ruined leading to a collapse in the supply of seafood causing seafood prices to spike and the lack of ...


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I think it's more than just the world the creature lives in you also need to account for their habits and the their place in the ecosystem to that end I believe you need to start with a warm-blooded obligate carnivore, such creatures are almost always on the hunt for the next meal as it is. Then you need to put them in the middle of the foodchain rather than ...


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No, each person brain is different and the map from one will not produce the same results in another. Due to plasticity and how each brain is individually trained to your sensory organs and experiences each memory in each brain is unique. Each brain a has a unique map of connections called a Connectome. A perfect copy of someone else's memory would require ...


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Scarcity of resources is a fact we have to deal with, no matter if we are someone with an IQ of 200 or an amoeba in a muddy puddle. From scarcity of resources follow an economy principle: you use something only if the cost is justified, else it is just a waste of scarce resources. So, for example, if you are an organism living in an underground lake, eyes ...


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You don't need adrenaline, you need heat radiators and more blood supply. Adrenaline doesn't actually speed up the process of thinking, it acts as a switch to give your brain the fuel it needs to run faster. From Your Hormones: Key actions of adrenaline include increasing the heart rate, increasing blood pressure, expanding the air passages of the ...


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Through a bacteria, virus, prion or other diseases If you've seen the news stories of Zombie Deer, then you know about prion diseases. Mad Cow Disease is another example. There is also a fungus which takes control of an ant's nervous system. The tick is a carrier and has a symbiotic relationship with the disease. Much like the ant zombie fungus, it's ...


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Retrograde amnesia is perfectly reasonable side-effect of the procedure itself. There would be considerable physical trauma to the brain from being removed and implanted. Hypoxia would be likely during the process. Blood circulation would almost certainly have suffered at several points. All of these can cause amnesia if they happen to relevant parts of the ...


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Circadian rhythms regulate the timing of sleep. They do not create the need for it. A body in an area without day-night cycles would still require sleep. People and animals who lived in Arctic regions before artificial light still slept in the height of summer or winter, as well as year-round, despite drastic changes in the amount of sun each day. People ...


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This won't stop the crimes like those performed by people who don't care about getting caught or believe they can evade or cheat the system. Also it won't deter the crimes of Big Leader et al or anyone who is in a sufficiently powerful enough position to exploit the system. Such a system would force crimes to be conducted more covertly. Crimes could be ...


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Scientifically feasible? Nah. But, hey, dragons. Let's think outside of the box. Dragons encode memories holographically into dragon scales. The genes inherited are the ones that decode scale on ingesting them. Since memory is holograhic, every scale retains all the information, but not in full detail. So a single scale give you vague memories of ...


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I think the key is to stop thinking like a fish....it offers them very few advantages. The only thing they should worry about as salmon is how to stop being salmon. Head to a touristy destination where people rent canoes or kayaks and make a coordinated effort to cause one of them to drop their cellphone. Many phones are waterproof to some reasonable ...


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Shutdown the Internet Well, that is a unlikely action to be performed by salmons because of their lack of sharp whatever, but beside this most to all communication across the oceans is backboned by water-cables. While I still don't think that a salmon might be able to nibble through an intact water cable, at least they could give it a try. If that fails ...


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This is basically what the brain already does, but ramped up to 11 and in control of the conscious mind. The problem is that this requires a very specific mind. During development your brain makes millions of connections with other parts of the brains, then at some point it starts to purposefully remove many of these, leaving the most used neural pathways ...


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I can't understand how should be possible that a brain can integrate with logical gates. ... But now, even newest working chips still operate with 0 and 1 and logical gates So do neurons. You might think your wetware is analogue, but nerves don't actually work that way. The magic phrase you need to know is action potential, possibly along with voltage-...


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Less scientific, possibly more narrative potential: Telepathy. The offspring of the dragon have a telepathic link to the dragon parent. This matures as the young creature matures. Via this link they can perceive memories, thoughts, and possibly even flashes of real time perceptions from the dragon parent's perspective. There are different ways you ...


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