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This isn't a ridiculous idea; Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is used in research and even has some use as treatment for depression (http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation/basics/definition/prc-20020555) In TMS a strong, localized magnetic field can disrupt normal functioning of regions of the brain. For instance it ...


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No, it can't be done for a lot of reasons. Here are just a few. 1) Memories are stored in electrical pathways, not the the cells themselves. You don't have 1000 memories in a chunk of brain that contains 1000 neurons. If you don't get the entire pathway, you won't get the memory. 2) Once a nerve is cut, it won't fuse with another cut nerve. All you'll have ...


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The answer to this question is complicated, but assume it's not for the moment. The easy answer is that our eyes can detect patterns we're familiar with and "produce" an answer in the form of a number. Unfamiliar patterns do not produce this 'number'. Take a die. We are immediately aware of the number of dots in the typical arrangement of one to six. We ...



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