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Neuroscience: “Neuro-leadership” debunked


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Further to “Why materialist neuroscience must necessarily remain a pseudo-discipline,” from the aptly named blog Neurobollocks blog (“Debunking pseudo-neuroscience so you won’t have to”):

Neuroleadership – lots of old-fashioned psychology, very little neuroscience

If one was feeling magnanimous, the field of neuroleadership could be described as an emerging discipline with lofty ambitions, but one that has yet to really define its remit and fully understand its limitations. A more cynical evaluator could characterise it as a gosh-darn whizzo wheeze to re-package some tired old concepts from 1980s organisational psychology textbooks and make them all shiny and new by sticking ‘neuro’ on the front and having lots of pictures of CGI brains in your presentations. Regular readers will know that a surfeit of magnanimity is not something I tend to suffer from.

It’s hard to get too splenetic about neuroleadership. It may be bullshit, but it’s not clinics ripping off parents with therapies that don’t work or people doing unnecessary SPECT scans on kids. Ultimately, it’s one set of business people selling some bollocks to another set; all they’re really doing is wasting their own time and effort.

Maybe it’s kind of like palm reading at parties. As long as you don’t really believe what you hear, it is safe.

One way you can tell that something is not a science or has exhausted its potential as a science is that it does not tell you anything more than common sense would.

See also: Further evidence that mindless neuroscience is not hot


Darwinist neuroscience in trouble?: Even facial expressions are not that informative, never mind brain scans

Hat tip: Brains on Purpose

OT: Wyss Institute has a new video out
Making Structures with DNA "Building Blocks" - wyss institute - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKyd4EKwYiw
By fabricating DNA strands into desired shapes, Wyss Institute has already accomplished this:
(Man-Made) DNA nanorobot – video https://vimeo.com/36880067
I believe one of Wyss Institute's long range goals with these types of fabrication techniques for DNA is a DNA based computer:
Stanford creates biological transistors, the final step towards computers inside living cells - By Sebastian Anthony on March 29, 2013 Excerpt: This isn’t to say that highly functional biological computers will arrive in short order, but we should certainly begin to see simple biological sensors that measure and record changes in a cell’s environment. Stanford has contributed the BIL gate design to the public domain, which should allow other research institutes, such as Harvard’s Wyss Institute, to also begin work on the first biological computer. http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/152074-stanford-creates-biological-transistors-the-final-step-towards-computers-inside-living-cells
,,, A 'theoretical' DNA computer would dwarf today's computers:
DNA Computer Excerpt: DNA computers will work through the use of DNA-based logic gates. These logic gates are very much similar to what is used in our computers today with the only difference being the composition of the input and output signals.,,, With the use of DNA logic gates, a DNA computer the size of a teardrop will be more powerful than today’s most powerful supercomputer. A DNA chip less than the size of a dime will have the capacity to perform 10 trillion parallel calculations at one time as well as hold ten terabytes of data. The capacity to perform parallel calculations, much more trillions of parallel calculations, is something silicon-based computers are not able to do. As such, a complex mathematical problem that could take silicon-based computers thousands of years to solve can be done by DNA computers in hours. http://www.tech-faq.com/dna-computer.html
Wyss Institute's eye opening accomplishment last year, which made everybody stop and take notice, was this:
Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram - Sebastian Anthony - August 17, 2012 Excerpt: A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 terabytes — in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times.,,, Just think about it for a moment: One gram of DNA can store 700 terabytes of data. That’s 14,000 50-gigabyte Blu-ray discs… in a droplet of DNA that would fit on the tip of your pinky. To store the same kind of data on hard drives — the densest storage medium in use today — you’d need 233 3TB drives, weighing a total of 151 kilos. In Church and Kosuri’s case, they have successfully stored around 700 kilobytes of data in DNA — Church’s latest book, in fact — and proceeded to make 70 billion copies (which they claim, jokingly, makes it the best-selling book of all time!) totaling 44 petabytes of data stored. http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/134672-harvard-cracks-dna-storage-crams-700-terabytes-of-data-into-a-single-gram Information Storage in DNA by Wyss Institute - video https://vimeo.com/47615970 Quote from preceding video: "The theoretical (information) density of DNA is you could store the total world information, which is 1.8 zetabytes, at least in 2011, in about 4 grams of DNA." Sriram Kosuri PhD. - Wyss Institute "I ain't got enough faith to be an atheist" - Frank Turek
July 1, 2013
08:14 PM

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