“Most Complicated Object in the Universe”: Untangling the issues of the BRAIN Initiative

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Francis Collins and President Obama unveil the BRAIN initiative.

After eluding to it in his state of the union address President Obama announced this week his plan to pour an initial investment of $100m into a new research initiative from the National Institute of Health to map the active human brain, and it was immediately met with criticism from a wide range of scientists, journalists and bloggers. Who presented a blizzard of issues with the proposal. I’ve aimed here to try to tease out some of these questions and relate them to why, I believe, this is a worthy undertaking. Continue reading