Guilty as charged. Here’s where I was mistaken:
I posted the Obama-zombies joke back in February, 2012.
But now, it turns out that the Obama administration actually is interested in brains.
On the research side, Obama on Tuesday told an audience in the East Room of the White House that he intend to seek $100 million for the BRAIN initiative intended to provide scientists with “the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action and better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember. And that knowledge could be — will be — transformative.”
Obama said funds will be directed toward the National Institutes of Health, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation to get this project off the ground.
Despite ongoing efforts, scientists have been unable to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s, autism, or the effects of a stroke. The funds will be used to address various health issues.
“As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom,” Obama said. “But we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears. But today, scientists possess the capability to study individual neurons and figure out the main functions of certain areas of the brain.”
Commenter aharris warns:
Sorry, but the very last thing I want this particular administration learning is how my brain works. That’s the last kind of information I think they should have because I can just see them rubbing their hands together in glee at the prospect of being able to figure out how to finally program people like little robots.