Are you interested in learning Kung Fu in seconds as Neo did in The Matrix trilogy? How about learning to speak foreign languages in just a second? Or knowledgeable about the technique to fix a combustion engine. Imagine what it would be like if you could “upload” this kind of information instantly to your brain?
A flurry of online articles points to a research paper that proposes that super learning is possible - The Matrix Style - with transhumanist stuff like nano-sized implants of electrodes and computer chips. However, ancient philosophies like ‘Yoga’ have “downloaded” data and generated learning from the cosmos for decades with practices like meditation and yoga-nidra.
Which is the best way to achieve super learning, and what are the disadvantages of depending on an Artificial Learning (AI) Model?
Study Hints Possibility of Super Learning
The study related to Human Neuroscience was published in the Journal Frontiers, found that subjects who derive brain stimulation through the electrode-embedded head caps improved their monitoring abilities and learned tasked 33% better than a placebo group, but they didn’t receive hardwired with an ability to speak a foreign language or understand ways to navigate a plane, if they never knew the process before.
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We can’t upload information to your brain.
Still, there are other significant studies with the same transhumanist themes, including the research that discussed electrodes meant for machine learning for myoelectric control right into hand or an arm, along with a diamond-based electrode that is inserted in the human brain to detect neurochemicals, with an intention to offer a stimulus to remotely alter it.
Dr. Matthew Phillips is the head of the study, said that “our system is one of the first of its kind. It’s a brain stimulation system.”
While the research team was able to aim at a specific task of controlling an aircraft, which needed both cognitive and motor skills, nothing was uploaded or downloaded into the brain - only the function of the brain was enhanced to tap into its intelligence reserves.
The scientists conducting the research report admit as much when they wrote:
“When you learn something, your brain physically changes. Connections are made and strengthened in a process called neuro-plasticity.”
“It turns out that certain functions of the brain, like speech and memory, are located in very specific regions of the brain, about the size of your pinky.”
Dr. Phillip intended for stimulation of the brain to be finally applied to learning tasks like exam preparation, driving, and language learning.
He continued, “What our system does is it actually targets those changes to specific regions of the brain as you learn,” adding that “the method itself is actually quite old. In fact, the ancient Egyptians 4000 years ago used electric fish to stimulate and reduce pain.”
Elevation of Consciousness vs. Transhumanism
Transhumanists believe that superintelligence must gain through the addition of Artificial Learning of Machine Learning. However, they are also aware of the fact that the human mind is capable of exciting things, but cannot be achieved without mechanical or computer science. Besides this transhumanist stool, super healthy and super longevity are the other two stools. As everything can be gained with complete alteration of the human form, or genetic manipulation. Eventually, we all became part machine, just machine-learned AI bots, or part human.
Transhumanism is based on a reductionist view of the human race, with a reflection, and a materialist view of all objects. Usually, everything can be segregated into smaller parts - bolts or nuts and, which can be built as well as taken aside without any concern for the elements of human nature, i.e., subtle energy, cosmological intelligence, and the emerging field of epigenetics. Meanwhile, the concept of Newton has helped a lot to achieve that its ripe for change and maturation.
Besides, there is an epic run to develop brain-to-computer tech with inventors like Elon Musk has enhanced neurotechnology as a means to improve the human race.
He further discussed the possibility to provide unique skills to soldiers in wartime, but also brings up a prominent object in the room, like the ethical outcome of his tech Neuralink - a high bandwidth interface that links humans with computers.
However, at a certain point, you might think, “Who is controlling the interface?” It is a tough question surrounding super learning with computers promoted neuroscience or AI.
Meditation and Yoga-Nidra Instead?
On the other side, there are certain ancient practices, like meditation and yoga-nidra, which help to achieve greater neuroplasticity and brain looking for creative skills, and even highly analytical and detailed ones. These particular means does not offer your sovereign power to decide what to download or upload into your consciousness.
Accelerated Learning has achieved with these practices, and they just so happen to improve your bad back, lower your bad cholesterol, and boost up your mood, without putting it into the hands of a wicked AI overlord.
According to the study, it was proved that specific brain regions are affected by its practice, similar to Dr. Philip, who has found in his research with an inserted electrode.
The yoga-nidra study has further proven that the erythrocyte sedimentation rate was less with only 30-minutes of practice - the ESR is the rate at which red blood cells decrease in a time of one hour, and used as a non-specific measure of inflammation. Currently, the swelling of the brain is one of the biggest inhibitors of high cognitive function.
However, mindfulness studies profuse that its practice changes the grey matter of the brain, and even enhance it, while also changing brain wave patterns are associated with a higher level of consciousness and superior materialist learning.
For instance, the practice of meditation causes higher theta waves, which help study new things, and deeper brainwave states can lessen cortisol that also inhibits learning.
Hack Your Brain
World Memory Champion Alex Mullen has the potential to memorize the order of a deck of cards in just 17 seconds. We are unknown to the fact how he does it, but if you need an instance that super learning is possible without surrendering to the transhumanist agenda.
There are also well-documented cases of Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, Jewish, and Islamic mystics or saints, who have gained super-learning or “super powers” called siddhis.
Yogi Master Patanjali discussed in 3.37 of the Yoga Sutras, “These powers are accomplishments for the mind that is outgoing but obstacles to samadhi.”
However, if you still want super-learning the non-AI way, then check out what Dean Radin has explained in his new book - “Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities.”
“The essential goal of yoga was to achieve states of insight that revealed the true nature of Reality.” That rarefied plane of consciousness offers many spiritual rewards, some of which we're familiar with-deep focus, empathy, enlightenment-and some of which sound more like the paranormal weaponry of the X-Men.”
By empty their minds of attachments and fixed, and perfecting bare attention and focus, he suggests that ancient yogis could transcend their intellectual and bodily confinements to interface or alter the world around them.
Radin further stated, “After thousands of years of exploration, refinement, and discussion about (yoga) techniques, advanced yoga practitioners, may have advanced far beyond what science is currently capable of confirming.”