[ExI] no brain, no pain

John desertpaths2003 at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 22 17:29:01 UTC 2007

>From Reuters:
"What I find amazing ... is how the brain can deal with something 
which you think should not be compatible with life," said Max Muenke, 
a pediatric brain defect specialist.

"If something happens very slowly over quite some time, maybe over 
decades, the different parts of the brain take up functions that 
would normally be done by the part that is pushed to the side," said 
Dr Muenke, who was not involved in the case.

  I think there may be potential here for Transhumanist cognitive function enhancement technologies.  The old saying "we only use 10% of our brain" is now scoffed at but I see this man's brain function as evidence that there is at least some actual truth to it.  Is all the extra brain mass the average person has compared to the man in the story simply "reserve storage capacity" or could we eventually learn to tap into it to be cognitive supermen and superwomen?  And what price would we pay to do so?
  John Grigg  

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