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Scientists Create Detailed 3-D Model of Human Brain

Scientists Create Detailed 3-D Model of Human Brain

The virtual BigBrain atlas is hailed by neuroscientists as a technological tour de force that could help them better understand the organ's structure and function.

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013, 5:20 p.m.

With painstaking detail, scientists have created a three-dimensional virtual brain that not only maps the organ's anatomy in unprecedented detail but also allows researchers to see how the invisible connections between cells produce the complex behaviors that make us human.

The BigBrain atlas, produced after a five-year effort, was hailed by neuroscientists as a technological tour de force that promises to speed discoveries in an increasingly important field. The work was reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science.

"It absolutely will help us build bridges between the brain's structure and its function," said Dr. John Mazziotta, a UCLA neuroscientist who was not involved in the effort. "The more we understand the components of the machinery, the better position we're in to understand how it works. It's pretty hard to understand how a complex electronic device works if you don't have a good wiring diagram."

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Maybe this will lead to a real break through

like creating a robot that can converse at the level of a 4 year old. When they can do that, then I will listen to their theories on how thoughts originate and where consciousness comes from.

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Wow. Thanks E

I was at this conference in NYC over the weekend:

They talked about stuff like this. I just sent this article to my wife Samantha, who's a neuroscientist. She'll be very interested.

That picture is of them slicing up a human brain that is "preserved in paraffin.'

One day E, we're going to be able to upload our brains to the internet, and that's where we'll all live...
According to some people at that conference, including Ray Kurzweil, author of The Age of Spiritual Machines, and other works of note:

Freaky!!! Thanks E for the post!

must have been epic... I, for one, cant wait for the future.

I hope to make the next GF2045.

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