Naked Neuroscience

Naked Neuroscience - BNA sponsored episode

Sat, 19th Oct 2013

Can we make a fake brain?

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A special edition Question and Answer show: how do prosthetic limbs work? Can you train your brain? And is a brain transplant possible?

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In this edition of Naked Neuroscience - BNA sponsored

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  • 20:05 - A Quick Tour around your Brain

    How many brain cells does it contain? How heavy is it? And how does it work? We take a quick fire science tour round your brain.

  • 22:24 - Can you exercise bits of your brain?

    Are we able to exercise all parts of our brains in order to be good at everything, or is there a trade off where some parts must be larger than others? So must we choose to be better at one thing over another?”

  • 24:25 - Why does coffee make me sleepy?

    Why is it that when I drink coffee it can make me more sleepy? Other people seem to drink coffee and wake up!

  • 25:58 - Is taking Ritalin linked to addiction?

    I've heard that taking medication for ADD/ADHD like Ritalin over a long period of time (years) has been linked to compulsive behaviours like gambling, sex addiction, etc. Is there any evidence for that?

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The human brain is far too complex to replicate currently. It is theoretically possible though. It raises a huge philosophical question: What is it that is you? All of your memories, thoughts, ideas are really just data stored in or generated by your brain. If I could copy every bit of this data to an artificial brain, is that still you? And what of the original biological you? If you then destroyed the artificial brain have you committed murder, suicide, or just wrecked an expensive machine? What if, instead of destroying the brain I simply delete the data? And this completely ignores any religious implications. krool1969, Tue, 22nd Oct 2013

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