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Posted on September 9, 2013

ACD Meeting to Consider BRAIN Working Group Interim Report

The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) is holding a public teleconference on September 16, 2013 (3:00-5:00 EDT) to discuss the interim report of the BRAIN working group. This report identifies high priority research areas that should be considered for BRAIN Initiative funding in Fiscal Year 14.  The full agenda for this meeting and the related links will be posted to the ACD site when available (http://acd.od.nih.gov/).  Teleconference information is as follows:

Dial-in: 800-779-1423

Pass Code: ACD


2 comments to ACD Meeting to Consider BRAIN Working Group Interim Report

  • Joseph A. Salmon, Jr.

    Congratulations to Dr. Jorgenson on the professional recognition. I listened in 9/16/2013 3pm-4:25pm. This is a ten year effort. The funding will be equally distributed among nine different research areas. What Nobel Prize Laureates will/may be researchers? I am open to visiting the research centers
    fall/winter 2013 for information and one relocation move. I can be test subject/long-term Brain Initiative student. Please inform me fully.

  • Charles Bailey

    The recent interim report on the BRAIN Initiative by the working group’s team of experts reveals gross ignorance of systems theory and the systematic problem and solution space — systematic blindness. Disregarding systematic knowledge about the nonequilibrium constraints of biological physics, defaults to collapsing the continuous global problem and solution space to discrete local search. Ignoring systematic knowledge places arbitrary constraints on informing and elaborating the problem space. Thus, discrete constraints on informatives default to myopic local rhetoric and the substitution of top-down imperative instruction. In other words, we are left to “musturbate” with the “musts” of local dominance hierarchal language that instructs solutions rather than informs. Whether spending 1, 100 million, or 5 billion dollars, ignoring current macroscopic knowledge hardly makes sense. And in the long run, local microscopic rigor — no matter how great — hardly resolves the curse of dimensionality, the local constraints of imperative language, and the problem of thinking globally and acting locally. I challenge the working group to address the magnitude of their linguistic ignorance and acknowledge their systematic blindness. Yes, there is an existing brain-based linguistic theory of higher functions, symbolic computation, information codes, and mechanisms of context-dependent information flow in the brain. Charles E. Bailey, M.D., author of Mind Code: How the Language We Use Influences the Way We Think.

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