Re: SCI: MRI brain map

Anders Sandberg (
03 Sep 1999 11:39:49 +0200

"Clint O'Dell" <> writes:

> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> >Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true. If I see a complex
> >pattern of activity in your brain, I cannot tell if it is you thinking of
> >strawberries or killing me, despite the orderliness of the long-range
> >connections. What individual neurons represent is likely highly variable,
> >and hence a pattern of activity that might in one brain correspond to
> >murder would in another be strawberries.
> Instead, I propose studying the relationship between hearing and the brain.
> Hearing is obviosly attached to echoic memory. Because we think thoughts in
> a language, aren't we sort of hearing them? We could read minds by finding
> this relationship.

Only if it is real internal verbalisation; some of us tend to think in images and scenarios, possibly highly ideosyncratic. It is a bit like imagining something visually: where in the visual system the activation occurs depends a lot on the person, some people can do it at lower levels and get much more detailled and "real" imaginations, while others have more abstract imaginations where details can be filled in when needed. It would be tricky to decipher those signals.

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