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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 9, 2012 - Think of a Word

By Scott Harrup

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are learning to read minds … sort of. By placing electrodes in the brains of study participants, Brian Pasley and his team have decoded a few brain patterns and identified a handful of basic words formed in thought.

Pasley’s project builds on earlier work by Berkeley psychology and neuroscience professor Jack Gallant and his team. Gallant’s researchers showed study participants brief movie clips, then partially reconstructed associated images from their brain patterns using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and computational models.

News coverage touts these projects as preludes to medical miracles. Experts suggest that with enough refinement in the brain interface technology, coma patients, the severely disabled and others unable to communicate might have their thoughts interpreted.

Then again, with enough refinement in the brain interface technology, nonexperts such as myself suggest, perfectly healthy people might have their thoughts interpreted against their will.

But let’s push aside such dystopian meditations and ponder another mind-reading mystery: God’s divine scrutiny of our every mental whisper.

“God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too —?your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful —?I can’t take it all in!”?(Psalm 139:1-6, The Message).

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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