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Obama BRAIN mapping – how is this not a zombie story?

April 3, 2013

Obama Announces Huge Brain-Mapping Project” by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer

Recall ZombieLaw has previously explored Pappas‘s writings regarding brain scans for political identity, and her writing about Mayan Apocalypse and cake shaped-like organs.

Today’s article is about Obama’s new BAM project (Brain Activity Map) – a $100 million dollar research initiative to map the human brain.

So far I haven’t seen any media mixing Zombie Obama memes with this neuroscience politics but surely it’s only a matter of time.

Earlier this month, Orange County Register: “Fisher: Mapping the teenage brain” by Marla Jo Fisher says scientists want $3 billion to map the brain and the image of the teenage brain map shows an area dedicated to “zombies”

Recall other ZombieLaw neuroscience

And consider that the more we understand about the brain, the more we realize that consciousness is not housed there. Consciousness isn’t stored in memory, it emerges from interactions. The brain is not separate from the environment. The dualities of our culture are objectively wrong.

Promotions for “Go Goa Gone” are hitting on this topic, “Zombie films cater to two types of people“:

people who know about zombies and those who don`t.

See TVTropes: “There Are Two Kinds of People in the World” suggesting this trope includes tautologies, false dichotomies and meta-jokes; but consider that all so-called tautologies are really false dichotomies. In imaginary closed worlds we can imagine that every subject must be of one or the other kind but in real life there is nearly always an exception. The presumed binary can become offensive to the excluded type (examples: transgender, Zoidberg or Bob)

Zombies are about transgressing categories of binary opposition (neither living nor dead, human-like-inhuman). See “Zombies as the Monstrous Other: Challenging Modern Boundaries” by Trent De Jong and read the comment from Marc who points out that the zombie serves to “re-introduce” the “clear-cut” categories.

Are you the kind of person who believes in brain science or not? Free will or not?

The dualities serve to define “us vs. them” – as if either “with us or against us

Are you for science or against it?

But it’s a false dichotomy! Science isn’t a unified field, and is itself skeptical of itself.

As President Obama said regarding the immigration debate:

a lot of folks forget that most of us used to be them.

With brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and stroke, it’s the other way: folks ignore that most of us will become them.

Even if I don’t particularly like the rhetoric of brain science and it’s overblown promises against existential individuality, yay for more science funding!

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