“Imprisoned in our cave, [and] with our backs to the light, we can only watch the shadows on the wall.”
— Plato, Allegory of the Cave
The nature of reality is seldom considered in the lives of most. Often distorted by humans in various forms of biases — a result of past occurrences and future dispositions — reality often finds itself taking up many forms to delineate what are, in actuality, unique subjective realities. But that begs the question: Is there not one reality that trumps them all? …
Imagine living in a world where you don’t have control, a world upon which you are always stuck with choosing between two options for anything and everything in life. Well, guess what? You’re kind of living in it.
What if I told you that your life would be irrelevant if it weren’t for the people around you?
Hear me out with this maybe not so theoretical theory.
You are you. As an entity in a biologically-wired world, you were innately bestowed upon a certain degree of consciousness at birth. Assuming that you aren’t special, so did everyone else around you.
Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta… and counting.
The names before me are not victims, rather they are perpetrators—i.e, the names of the recent tropical wind storms or last year.
200 years ago, the population of the world stood at 1 billion people and has risen by nearly 700% since then. Since the 1800s, our energy consumption has gone up nearly 2700%.
In 1859, Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species where he discusses his theory regarding natural selection. In 1865, Gregor Mendel developed the Mendelian laws of inheritance, which he devised through his work and experimentation on pea plants. And now, fast forward to today, Henry Markram and his team are currently working to create the first ever simulation of the entire human brain onto a computer.
Wait, so he is trying to catalog a three pound blob of nerve and tissue cells onto a computer? How hard could that be?
Well, it’s actually a lot harder than one…
We all know that Tom Cruise scaled the Burj Khalifa—in the espionage series, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol—with his revolutionary sticky gloves, but the question remains:
Is such a concept that far off from reality?
Some people say it’s wrong. Some say you shouldn’t have any control over any two sets of DNA that aren’t yours. That it’s immoral to pick and choose what ultimately becomes one of the most defining aspects of a child’s life, and with no consultation in their presence whatsoever. The ultimate question really boils down to this: Should young children have a say regarding the decisions that govern their body, especially when taking into consideration that these outcomes are the ultimate deciders of their future? In other words, should parents wield the power of making significant life-changing decisions for their…
A curious manifestation of billions of exploding neurons. I like to think about brains and the universe. Neurotech, ethics, and philosophy are pretty cool.