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Can humans move things with their minds?

Human beings, along with a host of other animals, must rely on their intelligence and awareness to think and to plan before they act. This is not to say that we’re not capable of a lot of things. Indeed, we are very much capable of all the activities involved in thinking. However, with the exception of our own minds, we have little, if any, capability to plan, and little or no capability to move.

What is mind-controlling machinery?

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This is a rather strange, if not actually bizarre term (though not unique in that area), used by scientists to describe machines that can take over one’s thoughts and thoughts about one or more subjects, and control the subjects to the degree, with the greatest efficiency, of the human mind.

I have not encountered any case of this happening (but there have been cases of human subject controls through the use of a machine, and a few cases of controlled brain implants). But the term doesn’t just mean machines that take over a subject. This may mean anything from a machine that’s capable of thinking and feeling, to a mind controlled computer, or even a brain implant.

In this case, minds of human subjects are controlled in a sense that we’re all “computer scientists”, but we think like computers. The machines are just computers in a form of mind control.

These are all interesting, but it’s worth spending some time thinking about some of the deeper problems. To make a start we should talk about brain science. In many ways that’s the key problem with the technology in mind-controlling machines. They need to understand how the brain works, or at least how to find out what’s going on in the brain, and what the implications of that are. Because most of these machines can’t understand the brain, much less the entire process of thinking that goes with controlling it, we’ll have to do some serious thinking.

Let’s get started.

Brain, Mind, and a Mind Controller


The human brain has a set of “neurons”, or the brain cells which are “wired”. When a person receives a shock, many of these neurons fire, sending strong signals to the nervous system and influencing the way the person reacts, if they’re lucky. The brain can also control certain aspects of the response. And if it knows a person is getting a shock it also knows whether the person is still conscious. But there is actually another part of the brain which influences some aspects of