The Drugs Do Work

Posted on by David Gelber

In 1982 the neurologist Andrew Lees had a dream in which he was sitting on the seabed with a telescope observing a molecular structure above him. As two hydroxyl groups unfurled from a central benzene ring, he recognised the molecule as apomorphine, which William Burroughs had championed in the preface to Naked Lunch as the […]

It’s All in Your Head

Posted on by David Gelber

‘It is a characteristic of aging brain scientists to turn their minds to the problem of consciousness … While their ambition is admirable, the result is usually lamentable.’ Thus wrote the reliable if usually churlish psychologist Stuart Sutherland back in 1990. Susan Greenfield, a neuroscientist and brilliantly indefatigable ambassador for science, has written a book […]

AI vs IQ

Posted on by David Gelber

I used to be a sceptic about the ‘technological singularity’, the idea that we are on the verge of creating machines so unimaginably intelligent that human history will enter a wholly new and unfathomable phase. My scepticism stemmed largely from the quasi-religious awe that surrounds the idea. Like the mysterious black monolith in the film 2001: […]

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