Open Thread 4 OCT 23 ~ melding minds
All the connections between the neurons in the mushroom body and their input and output neurons are dissolved. At this transformation stage, “it’s kind of this ultimate Buddhistic situation where you have no inputs, you have no outputs,”
- James Truman of the University of Washington
The understanding and possible application to human mental development,
in this age of digital bombardment, may hold some clues. What do you think?
Has DARPA secretly found a way to recode or coax neurons using electronics
or vaccines to determine desired behavior?
Wandering into sci-fi territory here.
Successfully hacking the process might mean that we truly understand
how these "brains" create multiple identities through time.
On The Remodeled Mind
Fruit flies undergo one of the most extreme forms of complete metamorphosis. Aside from certain neurons, almost all of their larval cells are replaced with new ones when they become adults.
On The Fragility of Memory
Truman’s ultimate goal is to coax a neuron to take on its adult form in the larval brain. Successfully hacking the process might mean that we truly understand how these insects create multiple identities through time.
Remember, post development, this is an open thread. All subjects encouraged.