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  •  Well of course not, not right now (1+ / 0-)
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    it is not plausible to put in place a useful scanner in a public setting, nor have it perform a clandestine analysis of your thoughts.
    but really, what do you think the end game is?
    •  The end game is irrelevant (3+ / 0-)

      if the technology isn't possible.

      Again without walking through the details,

      1. You never scan someone who is unaware they will be scanned because the technology acts as a giant magnet. If the individual has metal anywhere in or on their body, it will heat the metal and tear it from their body. That includes important items such as brain implants that could kill them.

      2. Brain systems and redundant and non-specific, so that even when we are able to localize signal or examine circuits, it lacks the specificity for reading someone's complex thoughts.

      Each of these issues make your comment implausible at best and CT as another commenter noted.

      It's the Central Limit Theorem, Stupid!

      by smartdemmg on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 10:14:11 AM PDT

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