Scientific endevours for the sake of knowledge is the finest reason, it's sad we're in an age where we must justify science with an economical or physical benefit, 'blue sky' science should be funded and supported in the same way we spend money on art, literature and other creative things. It's also rather naive to assume that that is a reality and that somehow scientists are securing millions aimed at no useful goal in-particular. If you haven't read the journals that helped secure the funding and explain the reason for the project it's idiotic to even have an opinion to be honest that imagines... there is no use at all. It's exactly the complete unscientific ignorance that, 'I think therefore' no, you think therefore you think. The data isn't in your head it's in the world around you. You can't base an objective argument on completely arbitrary thoughts.
In edit, quite frankly I can't even comprehend how someone can not see the benefits of mapping the human brain. These projects have been going on for years, IBM did one quite a while back. We DON'T KNOW how the brain works as a complete structure, we can't comprehensively explain hundreds of thousands of disorders, what a thought is, how memories shape the brain, how the brain evolves I know pretty much nothing about this subject but it's easy to see. And as Einstein said, make it simple but not too simple... by making a computer construction of a brain we can begin to understand without having to think abstractly, we can pick away at fundamental systems. The world is at the end of the day a complete virtual reality set up in your brain, understanding the fundamentals helps us to understand why, what we are.. why do we see, why is our reality this reality? Apply mathematics! Code-breakers break codes because they analyse the fundamental patterns, the point where cause and effect can be numeric. By understanding the brain from the bottom up, we can apply those thoughts!
Edited by Unstableiser - 10/8/13 at 6:42am