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By Dr. Panayiotis Papadakis

Gambling is an activity that is entirely dependent on brain activity. It is a well known fact that gambling releases endorphins in our brains that stimulate desire for continuous gambling. This is why gamblers are known to spend hours at the gaming tables, shooting the dice or betting at the turn of a card. That is a good thing. And it all happens in the brain.

Let us start this article by quoting one of the world's leading brain scientists.

"The more we learn about the brain, the less we know."

For obvious reasons, the scientist that we've just quoted shall remain unnamed. But it would be useless to deny that this is a pretty lame approach. What is this so-called scientist saying? That the more we learn the less we know? Whom would you rather listen to, some pseudo-scientist that can't even figure out what he knows, or would you rather trust us? You decide.

The NCIG has devoted a considerable amount of time researching brain function and how it relates to gambling. But as any other radical scientists in history, our scientist are also considered to be controversial and are often ridiculed by short-sighted and conservative scientist that are too insecure to ever be able to break away form their comfort groups.

Unlike conventional (conservative) sciences, where findings are based solely on collecting data, our scientists base their findings exclusively on speculation and/or philosophy. This proves to be a much better approach in overcoming obstacles imposed by conventional scientific dogma that is detrimental to real scientific progress. We think this is an intellectual tragedy. But fortunately decisions are ultimately made by the end users (in this case you) who chose whom to believe and whom to trust. And whose services to use.

The main focus of this article is brain function relating to gambling. Conventional scientists are trying to map out brain activity through MRI imaging. Those scientists are looking at images of the brain, trying to figure out what some of the red or green areas mean on MRI's. What they fail to understand is the simple fact that you cannot map-out images of the brain's activity during gambling with MRI images. This may be the conventional approach of Nobel Winning pseudo-scientists, but at the NCIG we know that this approach leads to nothing. Instead of mapping out MRI images we take a more direct approach, by physically removing parts of the brain (in volunteers) and comparing results. This is a more direct approach that tells us for sure which parts of the brain serve what functions. Simply put, if one part of the brain has been removed and the subject is still able to do a given skill, we know for sure that the missing part of the brain has absolutely nothing to do with the skill in question. How could it, if it's not even there? No amount of MRI mapping can ever accomplish such undisputable results.

Our direct approach to scientific analysis has lead to some pretty stunning discoveries in record time and we are now able to offer the best possible cure for a chronic condition called gambling reluctance disorder syndrome, more commonly known as gamblers' block.


We offer a revolutionary procedure that involves the surgical removal of the entire neo cortex of the brain to help the person overcome gamblers' block. We've come to this idea after realizing that the neo cortex of the brain is actually unnecessary for normal living; it is probably an evolutionary mistake. But a person can normally live without it.

You need the neo cortex if you are going to be a scientist, poet, composer, or a philosopher, but as a gambler it's only in the way as it is the part of the brain that is solely responsible for people experiencing gamblers' block.

After discovering that people with a highly developed neo cortex cannot function properly as gamblers, we decided to test subjects who volunteered to have their brains surgically modified, by removing the neo cortex. The results were astounding. Without the neo cortex all of our volunteers drastically changed their behaviors and none of them ever exhibited any signs of hesitation when it came to gambling. Plus, as an added bonus, people without the neo cortex are happier.

Thanks to our findings, we now offer a simple surgical procedure that involves the removal of this unnecessary part of the brain.


The Procedure

The removal of the neo cortex is a minor surgical procedure that can be done in one visit. In fact, the entire procedure is done without any anesthetics, which should be a good indicator of how minor this procedure really is.

neo cortex: gambling and the brain

A neurosurgeon will open the upper portion of your skull and literally "peel off" the entire neo cortex from the surface of your brain. Since the neo cortex is the uppermost layer of the brain, there is no danger that the rest of your brain would be affected by this minor procedure. After the removal of this "gray matter" an intern will replace the cap of your skull and sew up your scalp around the head.

Once the neo cortex has been removed your brain will actually be smoother in appearance, with a fewer number of wrinkles. This, however, should not be of any concern to you (and will definitely not be of any concern to anyone that no longer has the neo cortex) because the absence of these folds do not affect normal brain function. Reptiles, such as turtles, have survived on this planet for millions of years without this part of the brain. In simple terms, before the surgery your brain resembles a walnut, but after the surgery your brain will look more like a jellybean. Although the difference may appear visually drastic, in reality the difference is trivial. And no one will ever see it, anyway.

Disclaimer: We strongly recommend that after the surgery you no longer operate power tools or motorized vehicles.


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