Academic journal article et Cetera

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article et Cetera

Letter from the Editor

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A 2015 article in Smithsonian magazine talked about the "Vulcan mind meld" made popular by the Star Trek television franchise in the mid1960s. Focusing on recent research efforts to actually attempt such a "mind meld" through contemporary brain science techniques, the essay discusses how "such brain-to-brain communication is no longer unthinkable, opening up a startling world of new therapies-and dilemmas" (p. 45). This combined prediction and warning is not new in human history. "For nearly all of human history, only the five natural senses were known to serve as a way into the brain, and language and gesture as the channels out. Now researchers are breaching those boundaries of the mind, moving information in and out across space and time, manipulating it and potentially enhancing it" (p. 46).

Although the concept of a Vulcan mind meld has continued to be a futuristic dream in the cultural consciousness, the conceptual notion of moving information in and out across space and time in nothing new to general semanticists; for the idea lies at the heart of Korzybski's theoretical model of human thought. Our capacity as time-binders is "the great gift" that separated us out from the rest of the animal kingdom. …

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