how would we increase the size of brains.

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by gamelord, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. gamelord Registered Member

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    firstly we would need to increase the size of our skull. so how do we increase the size of brains non-surgically. perhaps some kind of mutagen to modify the dna.
     
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  3. DrKrettin Registered Senior Member

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    Bicycle pump?
     
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  5. gamelord Registered Member

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    although it would increase the size, i also should mention we must not only increase size, but keep the same relative neural density as well.
     
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  7. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    The size of our heads is kinda limited by women's birth canal.
    I think we should just go with chip implants - it is coming sooner than you think.

    Resistance is futile
     
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  8. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Well, first you'd have to change us to be marsupial. Human females can't pass human babies with bigger heads; even now there are problems with the whole process due to head size (head has to be compressed and deformed, women experience incontinence, infertility and a lot of pain due to fetal cranial size.)
     
  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Is it a safe assumption that brain size is merely your means to an end - the end being increased intelligence? That should probably be made explicit to contextualize your question.

    It is unlikely that physical brain size is currently the rate limiting factor in intelligence.

    I think it might be more useful to work on increasing the number of neural connections.
     
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  10. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Hominid brains seem to have increased in size quite rapidly until heidelbergensis wherein it topped out at 1800cc.
    Then neanderthalensis had a slightly smaller brain, and sapiens an even smaller brain.

    Size alone may not be quite as important as some may assume.

    It has been postulated that neanderthal's larger brain most likely produced problems during birth which may have led to not having enough babies to keep the population growing, or even stable.
     
  11. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

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    The human mind has been increasing in measurement for centuries via being farmed-out to external resources and the verbal interactions of administrative forums (where majority consensus is reached slash decisions made). In olden times the extension ranged from records and thoughts written on parchment to scribbling quantitative operations on any available surface. Today one's memory and intellective processes have elongated beyond the skull to portable computer or smartphone carried around, linked to a mesh of servers scattered around the world. Cyborg hybridization of biological and technological mediums looms on the horizon of tomorrow.

    Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/04/can-scientific-discovery-be-automated/524136/

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    Daniel Dennett: "I am not making the foolish claim that all our brains are knit together by language into one gigantic mind, thinking its transnational thoughts, but rather that each individual human brain, thanks to its communicative links, is the beneficiary of the cognitive labors of the others in a way that gives it unprecedented powers." --The Role of Language in Intelligence

    Extended Mind Thesis
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_mind_thesis

    The Extended Mind
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Extended_Mind
     
  12. Xmo1 Registered Senior Member

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    Brain: Most complex biological structure known. Dr. Lara Boyd
     
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  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Actually, I have heard it is the most complex object - of any sort - in the universe.
     

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