Bringing the Text to Life
Terry Harrington, in prison for the murder of a police officer, walked into the sunlight a free man not long ago, after spending twenty-two years behind bars. Twenty two years. An entire generation. Incarcerated in a cell with little hope of getting out.
He can thank a new truth-telling technology for his freedom: Brain Fingerprinting.
Here's how it works: The brain stores information much like a computer, filing away images and scenes in its files. Wherever we go, whatever we do, the brain is planning, executing and recording information. And so, if we participate in a crime, for example, our brains have conveniently - and unavoidably - saved every image of the offense. The crime scene, the face of our accomplice, the weapon used - all are permanently registered in our brains.
When the FBI showed Harrington images of the crime he ostensibly committed, his brain waves were measured, and guess what?
- Harrington's brain indeed did not recognize the pictures. Details of the murder that...