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Government Develops Neurocircuitry Implant That Melts Into Your Brain

Conspiracy theorists, rejoice! You have a new piece of information to savor.

The U.S. government has announced the development of a “brain-recording device” that, after being implanted, literally melts into the subject’s brain. Government-sponsored researchers:

were able to create ultrathin flexible implants that hug the brain like shrink wrap, collapsing into its grooves and stretching [...]

Read Shane O’Mara’s Torturing the Brain Folk Psychology Review Here

Blogs and news wires today are abuzz with reports of neuroscientist Shane O’Mara’s literature review regarding the effect of torture on memory. Unfortunately, the paper (“Torturing the Brain: On the folk psychology and folk neurobiology motivating ‘enhanced and coercive interrogation techniques’”) is not currently available online from the journal in which it appears, Trends in [...]

Read Shane O'Mara's Torturing the Brain Folk Psychology Review Here

Blogs and news wires today are abuzz with reports of neuroscientist Shane O’Mara’s literature review regarding the effect of torture on memory. Unfortunately, the paper (“Torturing the Brain: On the folk psychology and folk neurobiology motivating ‘enhanced and coercive interrogation techniques’”) is not currently available online from the journal in which it appears, Trends in [...]

Republican Party Continues War Against Contraception (H.R. 2458)

Let’s talk about fertilized eggs. Read up on the stages of human embryological development and you’ll see what a tiny, tiny thing a fertilized egg is. Read some more and you’ll figure out that many stages of development, over many days, must occur before an embryonic disc develops so much as a neural groove. You’ll [...]

Embryonic Brain Development and the Myth of 40 Days

Hang around anti-choice activists long enough (or let them hang out long enough around you), and you’ll hear one say something like this:

Brain waves have been recorded at 40 days on the Electroencephalogram.

The medium-form version of the claim goes something like this (see Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish):

40 days: Brain waves [...]

Poison Food, Poison Talk, and Poison Policy

People are indeed in danger, but mostly we’re not in danger because of terrorism. Far greater are the threats that come from the way that our lives have been redesigned in order to support a large population through technology. Many more lives would be saved, and much more suffering would be eliminated, if our federal government spent less time worrying about Homeland Security, and more time considering how to make our homes more secure from the dangers of day-to-day exposure to the dangerous artifacts of our technological society. [...]