From BBC News:
He found, for example, that when a volunteer was thinking of Marilyn Monroe, a particular neuron lit up.
By showing volunteers a series of images, Dr Cerf and his colleagues were able to identify neurons for a wide range of objects and concepts – which they used to build up a database for each patient. These included Bill and Hilary Clinton, the Eiffel Tower and celebrities.
So by observing which brain cell lit up and when, Dr Cerf says he was effectively able to “read the subjects’ minds”.
I’d like you all to engage your Donald Dunbar neuron(s) right now.
Now, put your hands in the air.
Ready, stop, hurry up, go, listen:
The beauty of dreams ain’t the subject matter, science, but the form.