I just read an article last week that said scientists are in the early stages of research into brain-to-brain connection. Placing electronic probes against their heads, two men on opposite sides of a university campus were able to make a connection between their thoughts, and one man’s thoughts were able to control the other man’s actions in response to playing a video game. Though the experiment showed that this system makes it possible to read very simple brain signals, they expect, with further study, to be able to carry it forward to read more complex thoughts.
The article made it sound as if this was truly exciting, but I wondered why all the hoopla for something that has been around for a very long time. Reading another person’s thoughts and, by those thoughts, being compelled into action, is not new. In fact, it’s ancient. It’s called marriage. The longer and better the marriage, the stronger the brain-to-brain connection. I just have to think something, and George not only reads my mind, he brings those thoughts to fruition. I’m sure he will be picking up a bottle of merlot on his way home today.
As for connecting the thoughts of people who aren’t married, however, I think this research has much promise. Just think: someday, with the help of this electronic probe, grown children everywhere will find themselves having an overwhelming urge to call their mothers.
- U of W Neuroscientists Link Two Brains Together, Make One Human Move Finger of Another (VIDEO) (medgadget.com)