Science Show on Perception and the Mind

Dara O’Briain’s show on Science and the mind. Includes some fascinating ideas about what you can do with an MRI machine to see if people are telling the truth.

I once read “The Truth Machine” a novel about what society might be like if you applied lie detectors on a regular basis and how human interactions would change.

Anyway, it includes a discussion on the Psychopath test. See an example here.

Everything described is what we would call “black box testing” in computers – view it as a black box and probe it. Make assumptions about its behaviour based on its response to stimuli. I wonder if there is a piece missing, how many scientific theories that are based on observation would fall down if we actually figure out what was really going on.

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