Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Sorry about the state we are in!

The other day I read that US military scientists have used electrical brain stimulators to enhance mental skills with the aim of boosting the performance of air crews, drone operators and others in the armed forces' most demanding roles. Apparently the technology is seen as safer than enhancing drugs. Not only that but you could construct your own kit using stuff you buy over the internet.

However, young people who hope to enhance their performance in exams and so on are advised not to try it. Neural stimulation administered by experts is one thing, a do-it-yourself kit might end up with you frying your brain. Not a good idea.!

But, having heard the results of the American elections, I find myself wondering if it might not have been a good idea to do a bit of neural stimulation to a majority of American voters! What a shambles! All sorts of expressions about cutting off your nose to spite your face spring to mind. I wonder how long it will take for people to realise they voted the wrong way, as has happened to many who voted for the UK to leave the EU. "May you live in interesting times"; the curse is upon us.

I also read that research shows that the consumption of refined sugars not only causes obesity and diabetes but prevents effective learning. Tests on rats show that young rats fed on a high-sugar diet have difficulty finding their way through mazes and remembering where exits are or where to collect rewards. This research could be used to support my belief that my generation is, on the whole, the clever one, more able than succeeding generations. We grew up with more restrictions on our access to refined sugar, junk food and fast food. Therefore our brains were more able to develop unimpaired.

Some would disagree with me, especially those who blame the older generation for voting to leave the EU. Personally I voted to stay, as did a very large number of my equally elderly friends. We do not accept responsibility for that bit of chaos.

I suppose we might be to blame for other things but, after all, nobody is perfect.

Some of us just like to think we are closer to perfection than others!

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