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[New York Times] The Brain’s Inner Language

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/science/the-brains-inner-language.html
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The work of Dr. Reid, and scientists at Allen and elsewhere who share his approach, is part of a surge of activity in brain research as scientists try to build the tools and knowledge to explain — as well as can ever be explained — how brains and minds work. Besides the Obama administration’s $100 million Brain Initiative and the European Union’s $1 billion, decade-long Human Brain Project, there are numerous private and public research efforts in the United States and abroad, some focusing on the human brain, others like Dr. Reid’s focusing on nonhumans.

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We've come this far and we're still working on figuring out how we work.

Im a tumor, im a tumor...
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i find this kind of science a little de humanising and ultimately fairly pointless.

its not to do with medicine before anyone jumps in.
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So they are experimenting with brains in order to decode what they say, think...? Sounds like a new product for the NSA!
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i find this kind of science a little de humanising and ultimately fairly pointless.

its not to do with medicine before anyone jumps in.

Yeah, why bother. Its teh Ghost in each and every one of us.
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i find this kind of science a little de humanising and ultimately fairly pointless.

its not to do with medicine before anyone jumps in.

De-humanizing? I'm sorry I just can't really see how trying to figure out ultimately how our brains actually achieve the most 'human' aspect about us, consciousness, is in anyway de-humanizing. Of course that's just my opinion.
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i find this kind of science a little de humanising and ultimately fairly pointless.

its not to do with medicine before anyone jumps in.
Try not to feel so threatened.
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i find this kind of science a little de humanising and ultimately fairly pointless.

its not to do with medicine before anyone jumps in.

In the end, we're just particles. Self-conscious particles. Crazy, right? Now let's try to find out why! I just hope this knowledge won't be put for bad use, like controlling the human being further (I can still dream).
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i find this kind of science a little de humanising and ultimately fairly pointless.

its not to do with medicine before anyone jumps in.

De-humanizing? I'm sorry I just can't really see how trying to figure out ultimately how our brains actually achieve the most 'human' aspect about us, consciousness, is in anyway de-humanizing. Of course that's just my opinion.

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i find this kind of science a little de humanising and ultimately fairly pointless.

its not to do with medicine before anyone jumps in.

In the end, we're just particles. Self-conscious particles. Crazy, right? Now let's try to find out why! I just hope this knowledge won't be put for bad use, like controlling the human being further (I can still dream).

This. I haven't read the source article yet but this doesn't sound pointless at all obtaining information such as this sounds crucial if we ever want to create AI that can think as we do
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Really interesting article! I've always had a little bit of passion for neurology. It seems like the more we figure out about brains, the more they seem to just act like computers. Receiving input, storing it, and making decisions from it.
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