Currently I am in the process of starting a small company called Mind Brain Insights. It’s based on a new way to define the mind, and corresponding brain, called the MA Method. My current focus is on applying the method to enhance the design, signal processing, training, testing and use of motor neuroprosthetics.
How I got here begins 12 years ago when I became intrigued by the brain and its relationship to consciousness. What exactly is the (conscious and unconscious) mind? How does it connect to the brain? Beginning with Eye and Brain by David Hubel, I read a number of fascinating books. I also discovered a wealth of useful information online. My curiosity and passion grew.
Also, my lifestyle fit my new passion. I was in between jobs and taking care of twin newborns. During these late nights I had the chance to read and ponder various concepts in depth. I became more and more fascinated by the quest to understand the mind and how it connects to the brain.
I was lucky enough to find the right path toward the answer. Gradually, while “standing on the shoulders of giants,” my unique view of the system broadened and deepened. I then began to share my ideas with brain scientists. Their response was a surprise: disinterest and (in my view) premature dismissal. Much of this was my responsibility since the theory wasn’t complete, and I didn’t communicate it very well. Also, new ideas in science are historically difficult to understand, let alone evaluate. (For reasons why see FAQ)
Despite this setback I was more confident than ever the basic idea was correct. Having looked at the problem from dozens of angles I could not see how the system could work any other way. I had no intention of giving up.
Even so it became clear no one was interested in a brain theory. This came as a surprise until I realized all of the reasons why. Basically, the mind/brain system is too large and complex a topic. Most scientists are very busy and not interested in a new idea — especially since it is not only unproven but is in conflict with their own understanding.
I began to narrow my focus to a real world application where I could demonstrate the theory’s practical value. I explored neuromarketing, bio-inspired AI and robotics, and CNS biomarkers/medicine, before turning my attention to neuroprosthetics. The idea of applying the theory here is very exciting: I can work collaboratively on a topic I am passionate about, while helping improve the lives of people who suffer paralysis, movement restrictions, loss of limb, and many other serious movement disorders.
At this point I am very excited to provide a valuable consulting service, in order to improve the quality of life of many folks around the world.