Human Brain Mapping Project

Here's how Obama's brain mapping project will actually workThe front page of Monday's New York Times revealed the Obama Administration may soon seek billions of dollars from Congress to map the human brain, in an ambitious project many have claimed will do for neuroscience what the Human Genome Project has done for genetics.

Details probably won't emerge until March at the earliest, but it's a safe bet the Administration's plan will resemble a Brain Activity Map (aka "BAM") project outlined last year in the journal Neuron.Here's how Obama's brain mapping project will actually work BAM is an acronym you'll probably be hearing a lot in the weeks and months to come — so let's talk about what the BAM project is, what it isn't, and why it's raising both interest and eyebrows throughout the scientific community.

What is a BAM?

Your brain is vast on a cosmic scale. Billions upon billions of neurons communicate with one another via trillions of connections, giving rise to what amounts to a network of networks. Widely adopted (but by no means universally accepted) theories posit that these neural networks are the wellsprings of such complex processes as perception and action.Here's how Obama's brain mapping project will actually work Many neuroscientists believe that a detailed BAM could reveal valuable clues about these and other cognitive functions, and perhaps human consciousness, itself. Columbia University's Rafael Yuste is one of them.

Yuste is a co-author of a widely circulated BAM project proposal, and one of the scientists whose advice the Obama Administration has sought in planning what the NYT characterized as a ten-year, multi-billion dollar undertaking. In an interview with io9, Yuste explained that the ultimate goal of the project is to create what he calls a functional map of the active human brain. "You could argue, in a very simplistic way, that everything that we are, our whole mental world, amounts to nothing more than neural circuits firing [in patterns] throughout the brain, " Yuste said. By mapping circuit activity, Yuste thinks researchers can "discover patterns that are the physical representation and origin of mental states — of thoughts, for example, or memories."

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What is the most epic project in human history?

One would be the Manhattan Project, which led to the first atomic bomb and the ability to utilize nuclear energy.  Whether good or bad, I think it fits the definition of an epic human discovery.

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I am sure you could go back further than that...
The first empires build by ancient egyptians
passed on religion goods and aide to their citizens
Even further back than that Nomadic Central Asian
Tribes were extremely gregarious and often granted
gifts and aid to neighboring nations.

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Which construction project in human history claimed the most lives in the process of building it

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