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Though neurology has made great strides in the past two decades, the brain is still the least understood organ in the body. How does it make thoughts? Even though research has not yet answered that question, a few intrepid scientists think that we will soon be able to communicate with machines using only our minds.

A recent New York Times article explains that this ambitious project is more straight-forward than it sounds, because the area of the brain that helps us talk is relatively small, only a few centimeters.  It is called Broca’s area after the neurologist Pierre Paul Broca who discovered that his patients with speech problems had lesions in the brain in this highly concentrated region. Broca’s area sits on the left side of the brain toward the front.

(Does brain ever confuse language with sight? Yes, it’s called synesthesia. Read more about it here.)

To put it simply, Broca’s area transforms thoughts into words. Even though other regions of the brain are  important because they allow us to understand pictures, to move our right hand, to remember what our mom looks like, when it comes to “reading your mind” only the language region matters. For example, when you say, “I went to the store yesterday” your brain may recall an image of the store, and you might think about moving your legs or picking up bananas, but the words you use come out of Broca’s area exclusively. Because thoughts are envisioned as language in our brains, a computer chip or external device only has to read that small spot, not the whole brain.

A team at Dartmouth has already developed an external device (meaning not inside your head) based on EEG signals. When worn, the contraption can call up an image of a particular figure from a pre-programmed list of possibilities. If you think Bill Clinton, a picture of Bill Clinton will appear on your phone. The team hopes to develop this technology into a sort of app that allows you to dial your phone just by thinking of a name in your address book.

What do you think about reading our brains?

eBay users report scam ‘every hour’ INTERNET.(News)

The Mirror (London, England) October 8, 2008 EBAY users reported 4,550 crimes to 36 of 52 police forces last year, figures show.

That’s nearly one every hour. But with some forces unable to supply stats, the figure for the UK is estimated to be about 8,400. see here how to report a scam

Theft, stolen goods, fraud and deception were the most common, with burglary, assault, possession of firearms, harassment and arson also linked to the auction site.

Hampshire took the most calls in England at 457 followed by Wiltshire (420), Leicester (386) and Kent (311). go to website how to report a scam

Steve Edwards of eBay said they were training 2,000 officers in internet fraud which meant more crimes were being reported. He said: “This year, we have seen a 15 per cent reduction in customers having a bad experience.”

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  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 25, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Creepy. I’m not sure I like the idea of phones reading your mind. What if somebody else sees the phone? And, like OnceInABlueMoon commented, what if you’re thinking multiple things at once? What if you’re thinking of a sound, like replaying a song in your head? On a side note, I don’t think we’ll ever be able to understand how we think. I would like to know whether there are any animals that think, and if so, what species, and how complicated are their thoughts (i.e., do they think “Hunt. Pack hunt. Hunt now.” or do they think “Where is that rabbit burrow I saw earlier?”?)

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  2. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 12, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    This is an interesting idea to consider. What if you are thinking multiple things at once? How would the phone produce sound?

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  3. Mark D. Livingston -  March 29, 2012 - 7:07 am

    Wow! I am super encouraged. I am guardian to my 7 year old nephew who has autism. I wonder, if this would be a new kind of assistive technology for those in the autism world that can’t communicate. My nephew also has a seizure disorder, commonly associated with autism. I pray that this makes the advances that it needs to help people.

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  4. Kablooie man -  February 4, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    I… want… to… read… MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. ablooie man -  December 9, 2011 - 6:47 am

    this is weird, if somebody could hack ur computer, they could read ur mind! and find ur deepest darkest sewcrets, i want it

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  6. Nilooooyessss! -  November 18, 2011 - 11:41 am

    @ Vicki: I was reading your message and my phone started dialing YOU!!!

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