Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 17:14 UTC, submitted by orfanum
Geek stuff, sci-fi... A detailed simulation of a small region of a brain built molecule by molecule has been constructed and has recreated experimental results from real brains. The "Blue Brain" has been put in a virtual body, and observing it gives the first indications of the molecular and neural basis of thought and memory. Scaling the simulation to the human brain is only a matter of money, says the project's head. The work was presented at the European Future Technologies meeting in Prague.
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by boldingd on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 22:25 UTC in reply to "..."
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2009-02-19

I call it bs, human thought cannot be duplicated, period.


Really? And why not? Is there some physical principal you'd like to site, here, or are you arguing that human thought is magical?
If human consciousness arises from understandable physical processes, then, at least in theory, those processes can be replicated (either physically or virtually). If it does not, then it is, pretty much by definition, supernatural. And I'm not comfortable referencing a belief in the supernatural to avoid having to confront a difficult philosophical problem.

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