Discussing Obama’s Brain-mapping Project

For better or worse, the Brain Activity Map project to which Barack Obama alluded in his recent State of the Union address is now a high profile endeavor that may be attacked for reasons that have as much to do with politics and the economy as they do the real scientific merits. But as one example of a discussion of the science, and as a pointer to more resources about the controversies involved, I present this Storify of an enlightening conversation I had recently on the subject.

The proposed $3-billion Brain Activity Map is a formidably, if not unrealistically, ambitious undertaking but the merits and weaknesses of the idea can be explored even by nonspecialists.



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