Saturday, May 07, 2005

Privacy in the Time of fMRI

From tomorrow's New York Times Sunday Magazine:
Of Two Minds
By JIM HOLT
The New York Times
Published: May 8, 2005

The human brain is mysterious -- and, in a way, that is a good thing. The less that is known about how the brain works, the more secure the zone of privacy that surrounds the self. But that zone seems to be shrinking. A couple of weeks ago, two scientists revealed that they had found a way to peer directly into your brain and tell what you are looking at, even when you yourself are not yet aware of what you have seen. So much for the comforting notion that each of us has privileged access to his own mind.

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