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Smart is the New Sexy

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It’s a topic that Leuthardt, a 44-year-old scientist and brain surgeon, has spent a lot of time imagining.

Encouraging enough to instill in Leuthardt the certitude of a true believer-one who might sound like a crackpot, were he not a brain surgeon who deals in the life-and-death realm of the operating room, where there is no room for hubris or delusion.

Leuthardt knows better than most that brain surgery is dangerous, scary, and difficult for the patient.

To install them, Leuthardt performed an initial operation in which he removed the top of the skull, cut through the dura, and placed the electrodes directly on top of the brain.

After the initial surgery, the patient stops taking anti-seizure medication, which will eventually prompt an epileptic episode-and the data about its physical source helps doctors like Leuthardt decide which section of the brain to resect in order to forestall future episodes.

Leuthardt recruited 12 bedridden epilepsy patients, confined to their rooms and bored as they waited to have seizures, and presented each one with 36 words that had a relatively simple consonant-vowel-consonant structure, such as “Bet,” “Bat,” “Beat,” and “Boot.” He asked the patients to say the words out loud and then to simply imagine saying them-conveying the instructions visually, with no audio, and again vocally, with no video, to make sure that he could identify incoming sensory signals in the brain.

Leuthardt can achieve far more transformative feats using his implanted electrodes that sit directly on the cortex of the brain.


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25 thoughts on “Smart is the New Sexy

    Sumaira Ishtiaq

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    This is a meat with mutation!!! I wont recommend something so carcinogenic for my family

    Keenan Habeeb

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Cruelty is only one angle for choosing not to consume meat products. One of the bigger issues is how it negatively effects the body. Yes vegans and vegitarians don’t wish to be cruel to others, but more importantly they don’t want to be cruel to there own bodies. You might wish to solve take real issues first and not the ones on the surface level.

    Steve Greene

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Lab grown meat… But, people are against GMOs? ๐Ÿค”

    Tara Beamer

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    No thanks, I will responsibly raise my own the old fashioned way.

    Ken Nielsen

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Only way to have “fresh” beef on Mars for awhile: you want to spend 6-8 months to ship a live cow or two that far?

    Sean McDonald

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    More interested in the cost savings eventually probably a lot cheaper and easier to care for 20 tanks of juice than 20 head of cattle. With enough advancement could make famine a thing only for the history books.

    Christopher Michael

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    No f****ng way would I knowingly eat lab grown meat… this is how the zombie apocalypse will begin I’m sure….

    Paul Lynas

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Rohan Hawthorne.. meats back on the menu..๐Ÿ˜

    Mathieu Roberge

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    People bitch about GMOs (without understanding any of it, fear is lead by ignorance), do you really expect them to eat lab grown meat?

    J.p. Holmes

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Meat is good sometimes, that’s my opinion, but living on a healthy planet would be great every single moment.

    Houle Val-erie

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Laurence Langlois-p, tu vas pouvoir recommencer a manger de la viande ๐Ÿ˜€

    Usman Masood

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Arsalan J Memon this is the lab meat i was telling i about.

    Jeromy Perez

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    I love meat. It’s wonderful.
    But this may be a good alternative for vegans or vegetarians.

    Jesse Gloiban

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Nope sorry I love meats too much, I should change my name to Chuck Steak.

    Marius Janse van Rensburg

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Because we are also animals…..

    Ben Chilton

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    As a carnist, I wouldn’t mind eating that

    France Corriveau

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Soleil vert ! Je reste soucieuse ?????

    William T Thornton

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)


    Anton Koszuth

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Stephun Ananda check this out!

    Leah Victoria

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm)

    Lizzie Oonah Ceri Roberts interesting xx

    Samantha Manthei

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    Samuel McMaster

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Destiny Rose Townes the food of the future. Wow

    Jabin Mora

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Checa Luis E. Tovar

    Jabin Mora

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Ale Perea || Juan Marco Rivera

    Mike Parsons

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

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