How big science failed to unlock the mysteries of the human brain

In September 2011, a group of neuroscientists and nanoscientists gathered at a picturesque estate in the English countryside for a symposium meant to bring their two fields together.  At the meeting, Columbia University neurobiologist Rafael Yuste and Harvard geneticist George Church made a not-so-modest proposal: to map the activity of the entire human brain at…


This entry originally appeared at www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/25/1032133/big-science-human-brain-failure, and may be a summary or abridged version.