The Transhumanist

Entering the future brain: Inside David Eagleman’s Neuro Lab

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David Eagleman’s Laboratory for Perception is located on the ground floor of Baylor College of Medicine but the vibe is now a more creative think tank than the clinical academic enclave. The walls are enameled in dry erase paint and are marked up with unplanned sketched, words like synaesthesia, arrows. Where coffee mugs are covered with to-do lists. So, there isn’t a single white coat on the display.

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The director of the lab Eagleman hopes to observe that how the brain creates reality. Moreover, his methods are unconventional due to the space in which he and his team work.

For conducting the first-ever systematic study of synaesthesia they together examined it under neurological condition. The test went popular and gave them an instant access to a universal pool of synaesthesia. For determining if time slows down and during a life-threatening event if it only seems to, Eagleman and his research assistants strapped themselves into harnessing and jumped off the roots of tall buildings.

The Significance

If Descartes had to manage to build a theme park it would have been probably looking much similar to this. On the other hand, the supervising philosophy of the Laboratory for this perception is more informed by the probabilities of the future than by the past. What Eagleman was fascinated with was the technology that could be someday imported to human biology for enhancing being’s sensory perception of the world that would be helpful in broadening and deepening our reality.

Eagleman, on his recent interview with BigThink, stated that- “As it stands now, as biological creatures, we only see a very small strip of what’s going on”. “Take electromagnetic radiation: there’s a little strip of that that we can see… but, the rest of the spectrum — radio waves, television, cell phone, gamma rays, x-rays is invisible to us because we don’t have biological receptors for it. CNN is passing through your body right now and you don’t know it because you don’t have the right receptors for it.”
There are no limits to some possibilities that nature might provide to the neuroscientists with a constant source of inspiration.