A Difficult Way to Become More Intelligent

So you want to become intelligent? You don’t want to read books? Great, I have an unrealistic answer to your troubles. First, let’s clear up some terminology, shall we? Cognition is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. Gyrification is the process of the folding of the cerebral cortex. Weird stuff like this, ARHGAP11B are genes and you can look up the rest. Another thing that I should clear up is that I have no degree in this, I just like googling funny things.

So, without further ado, let’s get into this. But first some background. Over the course of human history, our world has evolved and changed into what it is today. However, our ability to acquire knowledge of the world around us has largely stayed the same, hindering our ability to advance our own world. Despite how terrible we are at evolving, we are pretty good at science and this might be able to help. In the last few decades, we have discovered genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR (a revolutionary tool, you should invest).

A diagram of how CRISPR works

Using CRISPR we can genetically engineer humans. Ok, that’s great, but how are we going to engineer ourselves so that we become more intelligent. Well, the outer layer of the brain or the cerebral cortex is the part of the brain involved in higher order functions. One of these functions just so happens to be intelligence. However, we can’t just make our cerebral cortex bigger because, well it’ll make our heads look all big and weird. So How do you overcome this?

It’s called gyrification. Gyrification is the process by which the cerebral cortex folds. Generally, more intelligent animals have a higher levels of gyrification. This is because a more folded cerebral cortex has a higher surface area and so a higher volume, meaning more neurones and a more intelligent you.

In order to do this, you extract some of your neural stem cells, create a culture of these neural stem cells outside the brain and over-activate several genes involved in gyrification such as FGF8b and ARHGAP11B in the neural stem cells. Then you get a big needle, spread these cells throughout your cerebral cortex and pray to god that my Wikipedia-ing was correct. Good luck, happy evolving!

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