While many in the scientific community welcome the increasing interest in neuroscience, others are skeptical about recent government funded initiatives. Earlier this March, the Ontario government indicated it might pledge $100 million within the next 5 years to brain research. Such an investment follows recent efforts like the Obama administration’s $3 billion to create a national research project dubbed the Brain Activity Map. Following in step, other nationalized initiatives, particularly in European, are likewise seeking to produce a supercomputer simulation from the human brain’s gray matter.
Scholars, bloggers, and medical experts are weighing in around the globe with many finding similarities between such previous large-scale efforts, such as the Human Genome Project. Some scientists are concerned that diversity and academic freedom may be sacrificed as massive funds are funneled into directed research aims while other fundamental scientific approaches are potentially neglected.
To read more, please visit the University of Toronto's recent article on the "Neuroscience Arms Race."