Up@dawn 2.0

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


It's odd how often io9.com will have articles that address the exact topic that I was thinking about or discussing on any given day. Freakish.

At any rate, check out this cool article on the brain and how we might someday be able to physically manipulate it to bring about desired behavior.


  1. Interestingly enough, I had a talk about this sort of thing with a friend of mine today. She suffers from depression that is caused by a legitimately tested chemical imbalance, she has "clinically" verifiable problems with her bio-chemistry that causes her deep depressions and obsessive thought patterns.

    But sometimes she stops taking her meds, even though they noticably make her life better, she can't bring herself to take them for long stretches, because she says, direct quote, "It just doesn't feel like /me/. I'm happy and better and can handle things so well on them, but it's not /me/, it's not who I really am."

    I don't know whether she's right or not, and I doubt we'll ever have a satisfactory answer to what makes ourselves... ourselves. But I still don't know how I feel about this idea, of manipulating our physical makeup in order to bring about desired behavior. For starters, outside of cases of criminal aggression, how are we going to define 'desired'? A lot of sub-cultures seem like they'd be out the window

  2. Isn't the simple act of reflection itself a form of self-engineering? But changing what you think & feel isn't so irreversible as how...