Graeme Smith

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Graeme Smith
Posted over 2 years ago
Should we clone and revive Homo Neanderthal?
Why does everyone assume that the childs life will be loveless? The Ikea Monkey shows that even smaller primates will tend to be given love by adoptive families if they are offered the chance to be adopted out. There is nothing different between this and any other experimental subject that happens to be an orphan. The Ethics of experimenting on another human species are questionable, but that is what ethics are for, to answer questions that are hard because they raise concerns.
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Graeme Smith
Posted over 2 years ago
Should we clone and revive Homo Neanderthal?
The whole de-extinction issue is starting to become more real with the actual de-extinction of extinct species. Neanderthal is of course just one species that is extinct. Some easier species to de-extinct have been re-introduced in small quantities but as yet are limited to zoos and research projects. of interest is the intermediate stages needed to create the environment in which an extinct genome is activated as a blastocyst, once that has been achieved then picking the host species for the first few introductory samples is critical once you have enough of them however they can begin to breed on their own. Care should be taken to design a breeding population that has enough distance between versions of the genome to keep from becoming inbred, but that is just a matter of introducing enough variation in the genome sequences actually introduced.
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Graeme Smith
Posted over 2 years ago
Are we on the brink of creating a human-like digital mind?
The Map is not the mind. Just like the Genome Project Mapped the Human Genome but we still do not know everything it has to tell us, a Map of the mind, will map the cells and their relationships to each other but we will still need to do research to learn how to interpret those relationships. One aspect of that working from the incomplete maps we have so far, I have developed the concept of a Tissue Psychology, where we learn from the tissues what they actually do, and how that affects the way the mind works. One problem is that mapping the mind is more difficult because not every brain is wired the same, in fact evidence seems to support the idea that no two brains are wired the same, instead we have to look a level higher in the organization to find commonalities, a level we can reach with SOM interpreters between the actual wiring, and the functional mapping.