Brain. Mind. The plagues of modern science…


An influential group of European neuroscientists is threatening to boycott the Human Brain Project (HBP), the hugely ambitious plan to map the entire human brain in computer models that is slated to receive up to €1 billion in funding from the European Union and its member countries. An open letter published today that has so far received 213 signatures sharply criticizes the project for having a narrow focus, questions the “quality of the governance,” and calls for a tough review and more independent oversight. Without that, they say they will no longer apply for HBP funding.

But Henry Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, who leads the project, says the signatories have trouble accepting the “methodological paradigm shift” toward computer modeling that the project embodies; he adds that many more neuroscientists still support the project. (1)

How interesting.
Two donkeys fighting in a stranger’s barn…

The one, does not like the “governance”. As if the quest for the truth is related to such issues. If everything else with that project if fine, could that be a reason for bycotting it? Money. Number 1 plague of science today…

The other believes others will follow for liking the “paradigm shift” towards computer modelling. What he does not understand is that a new paradigm shift would be away from anything having to do with brain analysis and neuron activity data recording – towards a more immaterial model of mind. How can a material product the immaterial? How can an electron become “thought” or “consciousness”? Modelling or no modelling, it matters not. Walking down the wrong way will lead you to the wrong place, no matter how you walk. Materialism. Number 2 plague of science today.

Let’s try to think differently.

And the Human MIND Project might finally start…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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