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In Lobe with IT: neural enhancement

Scan of a Brain.

Cat's foot iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoia's poison door
Twenty-first century schizoid man

I first heard Greg Lake yelling these lyrics to King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man at Alan Fairbairn's house while skiving school games one Wednesday afternoon. They disturbed me then and seem eerily prophetic now.

In 20 May 2006's New Scientist Neurosurgeon Katrina Firlik predicts the development of a whole new field of brain surgery implanting electrical stimulators to treat conditions like depression and language disorders.

According to LiveScience.com European scientists have created a neuro-chip by merging neural proteins with a silicon chip. Though it could be decades before a living computer is realised, such technology could be used now by pharmaceutical companies to assess the effect of drugs on nerve tissue.

More about Pete Sinfield and his lyrics.


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