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Eavesdroppings Speaking of Science © T-Immagini / istockphoto.com Understanding brain code, and connecting it with a computer chip, is the next pivotal frontier, analogous to how cracking the DNA code astronomically progressed science. —Caroline Rothstein, in “Implant Memory Chips in Our Brains,” a Big Think interview with Gary Marcus When we’re shown trust, our brains motivate us to be trustworthy. It’s a beautiful ki

By | January 1, 2011

Eavesdroppings

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Understanding brain code, and connecting it with a computer chip, is the next pivotal frontier, analogous to how cracking the DNA code astronomically progressed science.
Caroline Rothstein, in “Implant Memory Chips in Our Brains,” a Big Think interview with Gary Marcus


When we’re shown trust, our brains motivate us to be trustworthy. It’s a beautiful kind of system.
—Neuroeconomist Paul Zak, in a Big Think interview, on his research involving the effects of oxytocin


Science is the most durable and nondivisive way of thinking about the human circumstance. It transcends cultural, national, and political boundaries. You don’t have American science versus Canadian science versus Japanese science.
—Neurophilosopher Sam Harris, author of The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, in a Wired interview (Nov. 2010)


Any time we create a centralized metric, we yoke the way science is done to that metric.
—Physicist Michael Nielsen in his blog post, “The Mismeasurement of Science”


If people don’t have a good sense of humour, they are usually not very good scientists either.
— Physicist Andre Geim (Awarded the IgNobel Prize in 2000; the Nobel Prize in 2010)


We’re recommending that an independent organization do for synthetic biology and biotechnology what FactCheck.org does for politics, which is to...check the veracity of certain claims or criticisms of new discoveries.
Amy Gutmann, chair of US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and president of the University of Pennsylvania, speaking to The Scientist on the commission’s conclusions regarding synthetic biology.


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