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Essentially, all expressions of human nature ever produced, from a caveman's paintings to Mozart's symphonies and Einstein's view of the universe, emerge from the same source: the relentless dynamic toil of large populations of interconnected neurons. ---->>>

Even two of humanity's most intimate possessions - a sense of self and a body image - are fluid, highly modifiable creations of the brain's mischievous deployment of electricity and a handful of chemicals. They both can change or be changed on less than a second's notice. ---->>>

With its billions of interconnected neurons, whose interactions change from millisecond to millisecond, the human brain is an archetypal complex system. ---->>>

I have no military application in my research. You know, we are all involved into rehabilitation medicine. ---->>>

It's not telepathy. It's not the Borg. But we created a new central nervous system made of two brains. ---->>>

The kind of neuroscience that I do and my colleagues do is almost like the weatherman. We are always chasing storms. We want to see and measure storms - brainstorms, that is. ---->>>

In my view, while the single neuron is the basic anatomical and information processing-signaling unit of the brain, it is not capable of generating behaviors and, ultimately, thinking. Instead, the true functional unit of the central nervous system is a population of neurons, or neural ensembles or cell assemblies. ---->>>

It's the first time an exoskeleton has been controlled by brain activity and offered feedback to the patients. Doing a demonstration in a stadium is something very much outside our routine in robotics. It's never been done before. ---->>>

There are several patients - there are thousands of patients, tens of thousands of patients, that carry either a stimulator in the brain or in the periphery, in the inner ear, to restore neurological functions or to control diseases like Parkinson's disease. ---->>>

Eventually, brain implants will become as common as heart implants. I have no doubt about that. ---->>>

The brain needs to have a story; it needs to have a logical screenplay telling where we're coming from and what we're going to. ---->>>

We have about 100 million cells interconnected in our brains. They communicate with one another through electrical signals. ---->>>

We want to galvanize people's imaginations. With enough political will and investment, we could make wheelchairs obsolete. ---->>>

We basically created a computational unit out of two brains. ---->>>

I think the word 'soul' - it depends on what you define by 'soul.' If you're defining it as a mystical aura that is outside the body, I cannot measure that. If you're talking about soul as human nature, the rank of spectrum of behaviors and reactions that we know humans produce under certain circumstances, that is measurable. ---->>>

A lot of people thought the sense of self was hard-wired, but it's not at all. It can be changed very quickly, and that's very intriguing. ---->>>

We want kids to think that they can think about science. They don't need to just play soccer. ---->>>

We cannot even predict what kinds of emergent properties would appear when animals begin interacting as part of a brain-net. In theory, you could imagine that a combination of brains could provide solutions that individual brains cannot achieve by themselves. ---->>>

We started all this research way back in the early 1990s, developing a technique that allows us to record the electrical signals produced by neurons simultaneously. ---->>>


Nationality: Brazilian
Born: 03-07, 1961
Occupation: Scientist

Miguel Ângelo Laporta Nicolelis, M.D., P.hD (Portuguese pronunciation: [miˈɡɛw ˈɐ̃ʒelu lɐˈpɔɾtɐ nikoˈlɛlis], born March 7, 1961), is a Brazilian scientist and physician, best known for his pioneering work in "reading monkey thought". He and his colleagues at Duke University implanted electrode arrays into a monkey's brain that were able to detect the monkey's motor intent and thus able to control reaching and grasping movements performed by a robotic arm (wikipedia)