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Two hundred and fifty scientists are protesting European Human Brain Project

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The Human Brain Project is an attempt to create a computerized facsimile of the entire brain, down to the level of individual molecules, within a 10-year time frame. It has always been viewed with skepticism by some neuroscientists, who view its objectives as impossibly ambitious. The project is principally the brainchild of neuroscientist Henry Markram, who wrote for Scientific American on the topic.

According to a prominent Portuguese neuroscientist,

A large group (now more than 250) neuroscientists in Europe are trying to send a wake up call to the European Commission to say that the Human Brain Project is not an effective vehicle to form the hub of European neuroscience. Unlike the U.S. Brain initiative, the HBP is a narrowly focused information computing technology effort that, contrary to how it was sold, does not have a realistic plan for understanding brain function. We want the public to know that neuroscience research is not represented by the HBP. We hope that the open message to the EC can help to initiate a dialogue and find a better solution.

We’ll keep pur eye on this one.

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5 Replies to “Two hundred and fifty scientists are protesting European Human Brain Project

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    I expect this effort will be even more unsuccessful than Japan’s “Fifth generation computer” project (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_generation_computer). I hope that, rather than heeding the critics, they go ahead with it. Its ultimate failure should be quite instructive.

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    I expect this effort will be even more unsuccessful than Japan’s “Fifth generation computer” project (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_generation_computer). I hope that, rather than heeding the critics, they go ahead with it. Its ultimate failure should be quite instructive.

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    Robert Byers says:

    Its all evolution that teaches we are brains aplenty. Its a rejection of Christianity and the soul concept.
    There is no evidence the brain is the source of intelligence. Its just a machine as middleman between our soul and our body. The brain is , I think, just like the computer a great great great search engine. It controls our body functions and influences our thinking by interfering with our memory operations. Just like alcohol interferes with the memory but does not affect the brain/thinking of our soul.

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    Acartia_bogart says:

    RB:

    There is no evidence the brain is the source of intelligence.

    If you doubt that your brain is not responsible for intelligence, I suggest that you hold your breath for three or four minutes; not long enough to kill you but long enough to affect cellular function in the brain. I guarantee you that your intelligence will decline from where it is now.

    One of the main causes of retarded mental development in people is the lack of sufficient oxygen during and shortly after birth.

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    Robert Byers says:

    Acartia bogart
    yes I know but its not evidence that deprived air affected the brain. instead it affected the triggering mechanism for the memory. A long standing drunk as it were.
    Retarded people think as well as anyone save for the problem of memory interference.
    Its not cellular function of the brain but I say of function of the organization of the memory. Not the memory itself but only the triggering mechanism.
    The soul is the seat of intelligence. it just uses, as a machine, the memory.
    We will be as smart as we are now in the afterlife without bringing the brain.
    Jesus brain was irrelevant to his smarts save in memory ability.

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