"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sci Fi is SO True: Brain Scans Read People's Intentions

No sooner did I finish reading The Traveler, by John Twelve Hawks (pub. 2005), which features mind-reading brain scanners, than I read this article in The Guardian.

The Brain Scan That Can Read People's Intentions

A team of world-leading neuroscientists has developed a powerful technique that allows them to look deep inside a person's brain and read their intentions before they act.

The research breaks controversial new ground in scientists' ability to probe people's minds and eavesdrop on their thoughts, and raises serious ethical issues over how brain-reading technology may be used in the future."

The implications are profound for human rights, or for national security, depending upon your political persuasion, but could have an impact in the literary world: Maybe they can access the book I meant to write, and save me a lot of editing and hair-pulling.

So we've come full circle from news that sounds like science fiction.

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