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Memory Editing Technology Will Give Us Perfect Recall and Let Us Alter Memories at Will

Two new technologies are changing the meaning of memory, but who will control them? This story appeared in the February Issue of VICE magazine.

"There was a piano there, and someone playing. I could hear the song," the patient, S.B., said as his neurosurgeon touched an electrode to the surface of his exposed brain. To treat epilepsy, Wilder Penfield, an early-20th-century neurosurgeon, would remove sections of brain tissue while his patients—fully conscious but locally anaesthetized—told him what they experienced as he administered small shocks to different areas of their brains. When he stimulated one section, they saw shapes, colors, textures; another, and they felt sensations in various parts of the body.

But when he shocked one particular area of the cerebral cortex, patients relived vivid memories. With another jolt to the same area, S.B. recalled more of the piano memory: Someone was singing the Louis Prima tune "Oh Marie." As Penfield moved the electrode over, S.B. found himself strolling through some neighborhood of his past, "I see the 7 Up bottling company, Harrison Bakery." S.B. wasn't alone—other patients also recalled moments of their lives in intense detail. Nothing striking, nothing they'd planned to memorize: the sound of traffic, a man walking a dog down the street, an overheard phone call. They were more vivid and specific than normal memories, more like a reliving than a recollection. Penfield was convinced he'd found the physical site of memory, where memories were locked in place by tissue. "There is recorded in the nerve cells of the human brain a complete record of the stream of consciousness. All those things of which the man was aware at any moment of time are stored there," Penfield said in a 1958 Bell Labs film, Gateways to the Mind. "It is as though the electrode touched a wire recorder or a strip of film."


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Matt Gaetz invites armed militias to his town halls to intimidate his own constituents.

A lawmaker should know his platform’s terrible when he has to call on his armed militia friends to protect him from all the scary mothers and grandmothers in his district. Alas, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) may not be the brightest bulb in President Donald Trump’s chandelier.

After putting forth a bill to end the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the GOP congressman’s heading home to western Florida’s Panhandle. There, he’s got a couple of town hall events planned so he can talk face-to-face with people in his district. Unfortunately for Matt Gaetz, many of his constituents are furious with him.


Americans Have Double Standards Over Terror Attacks Carried Out By Muslims Compared To Christians

Americans exhibit a double standard when it comes to religious violence, extending far greater benefit of the doubt that attackers claiming to be Christian aren’t really Christian than they do for attacks carried out in the name of Islam, a survey has indicated.

Responding to a survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, released Thursday, just 19 percent said that they believe people who commit acts of violence in the name of Christianity are genuinely Christians. When the same question was asked regarding Muslims, the number jumped to 39 percent.

The poll comes two weeks after reports emerged that the administration of President Donald Trump intends to change a government program combatting violent extremism to focus solely on Islamic extremism.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly chided predecessor President Barack Obama for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” something Trump vowed to eradicate “from the face of the earth” during his inauguration speech.


Gates Says Machines Should Get Taxed Just Like Human Labor

Bill Gates thinks robots should get taxed just like humans, he said in a recent interview with Quartz.


I responded to a six day old OP

and it didn't kick the OP to the top of the list, any idea what the timeout is for kicking a post?

Following tea party playbook, 'Indivisible' tries to nudge Congress away from Trump

TAMPA — The married couple stood on the sidewalk in front of the gleaming high rise, clutching pink posters as traffic zoomed by on West Kennedy Boulevard.

It was Valentine's Day, and Andrea Beley and Gaston Naranjo of Tampa had joined about 150 other demonstrators to send a message to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. This day, the group was largely focused on getting Rubio to hold a town hall meeting.

"I don't feel like I have a senator," said Beley, a 64-year-old retired university professor, as she held a holiday-inspired sign that read, "Rubio, Wherefore Art Thou?" "He seems like he's disappeared."

The weekly demonstrations at Rubio's Tampa office are among the most visible signs of a national grassroots movement taking hold in Tampa Bay. The goal: Block President Donald Trump's agenda by pressuring members of Congress at home.

THE INDIVISIBLE GUIDE: Read the text of the how-to anti-Trump manual


Free speech wins in docs vs. glocks

For sound medical reasons, doctors commonly ask patients about safety issues: gates around swimming pools, locks on cabinets containing poisons, and yes, guns in the home. A 2011 state law twisted those commonsense precautions into a fabricated assault on the Second Amendment and restricted doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership. This week, a federal appeals court identified the real infringement — limiting the free speech rights of doctors — and struck down key provisions of this unnecessary law.

The Firearm Owners' Privacy Act, nicknamed "Docs vs. Glocks," was prompted by a handful of complaints from gun owners whose doctors had asked questions the patients perceived as harassing. One Ocala mother said a doctor refused to treat her child after she refused to answer. Nothing requires patients to answer any questions from a doctor, and the law already provides protection for people whose doctors sever their relationship. But with aggressive backing from the National Rifle Association, the Legislature overreacted and created disciplinary and financial penalties for doctors who ask patients about gun ownership beyond what is "relevant" to medical care or safety. The statute also sought to prevent doctors from putting information about gun ownership in medical records, and from discriminating against patients or "harassing" them for owning firearms.


Pasco theater shooting case heads to 'stand your ground' hearing

If you believe Curtis Reeves, he was a scared old man who thought he was about to get beat up when Chad Oulson loomed over him in a dark Wesley Chapel theater.

If you believe Nicole Oulson, her husband was calm as the "belligerent" Reeves pestered him about turning off his cell phone before the movie Lone Survivor.

If you believe what was captured on a grainy surveillance video, Oulson's arm came toward Reeves an instant before the retired Tampa cop drew a pistol from his front pocket and fired a single shot.

Was it self defense when Reeves killed Oulson that Sunday afternoon three years ago?

A judge will have to decide.


Who Is Vetting The People At Mar-A-Lago?

Club members, guests and at least 64 foreign workers have unprecedented access to the president.

WASHINGTON ― House Democrats are asking three federal agencies to explain the security measures implemented at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida to screen members, visitors and employees.

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) sent three separate letters on Friday to the FBI, the Secret Service and the Department of Labor asking each agency to explain how they are handling security at the club that the president has visited in three of his first four weekends in office. The letters were signed by 32 House Democrats.

The letters come one week after Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were photographed by Mar-a-Lago members while reviewing intelligence reports on the club’s public patio during a sensitive discussion about a missile test-fired by North Korea.


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