Attack Of The Mind Parasites And Other Microscopic Delights

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“Would you offer violence to a well intentioned virus on its slow road to symbiosis?”
–William S. Burroughs, “The Electronic Revolution”

I’m going to talk about a topic that is largely anchored in matters of biology, but will at some point take a sharp left turn into the esoteric.

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Scientists Implant Human Brain Matter Into Rats, Creating Ethical Concerns

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Like…they are literally creating “Pinky And The Brain”…or at least the “Brain” part!

The medical magazine Stat reports that what are essentially “tiny human brains,” organoids, have been implanted into the brains of the rats—which is now sparking an ethical debate. Literally: could the rats have increased intelligence  (and/or other unforeseen consequences) as the result of the implants?

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Scientist Believes “Aliens” Are Really Robots Billions Of Years Old

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Susan Schneider of the University of Connecticut and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton has given an interesting “spin” to the the idea of extraterrestrials…she believes that “aliens” are most likely to be robots/artificial intelligence which are nearly immortal.

Schneider said:

I do not believe that most advanced alien civilizations will be biological. The most sophisticated civilizations will be postbiological, forms of artificial intelligence or alien superintelligence.

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