Irrational Funding Exuberance: Why the ‘Brain Initiative’ Is Not the Next Human Genome Project

In April, President Obama announced the Brain Initiative (acronym for “Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neuro-technologies”).  The main goal is a better understanding of how the brain processes, stores, and retrieves information, along with development of new technologies to map the networks of neurons underlying the brain’s activity.  Ultimately, the information is hoped to provide […]