You think Afghanistan is poor and hopeless now Well, as Science Daily reports, “Researchers at the University of Calgary have discovered the unique genes that allow the opium poppy to make codeine and morphine, thus opening doors to alternate methods of producing these effective painkillers either by manufacturing them in a lab or controlling the production of these compounds in the plant.” Will there be an incredibly powerful -- possibly even nauseating rush to create a morphine-like drug using genetic engineering?<br />
And another item, before you nod off. I’m not sure if this is really new, but this article “Brain Scans Read Memories,” posted Saturday on the “Neurophiloosophy” website has been getting some attention and adds ballast to recent reports on the increasing ability to really see what’s on people’s minds. Back in October of ’09, I blogged about a “neural decoder” being able to come up with "a crude representation of a movie clip that someone was watching just by viewing their brain activity.”<br />
Some day, our minds will be an open book. Better empty them out now, while we still have a chance! (The genetically engineered opiates can help.) Either that, or learn to be shameless.
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