You may have heard of the BRAIN Initiative, a/k/a “Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies,” which Wikipedia describes as: “a proposed collaborative research initiative announced by the Obama administration on April 2, 2013, with the goal of mapping the activity of every neuron in the human brain.”
The Americans are going to spend $300 million per year on this, and there’s also a companion project in Europe: The Human Brain Project. This is just beginning, but Nature has a recent article about some early work: Whole human brain mapped in 3D.
Not invited to participate, but not wanting to be left out of the action, the Discovery Institute is offering their own contribution, which is posted at their creationist blog: Project Brain: Our Prediction.
Oooooooh! The Discoveroids already have a prediction — that’s amazing! But then, with the special insight they have because of their “theory” of intelligent design, we would expect them to be years ahead of everyone else. Those guys really know things!
We’ll skip almost all of their article and get right to their prediction, which is in the final paragraph. It’s a real humdinger, so we’ll break it into two parts (it’s more exciting that way), and we’ll insert a few [Curmudgeonly comments] here and there, just to show that we care. Okay, here it comes:
Our prediction? Simply this. Much as in the case of the human genome, the study of the physical makeup of the brain will provide remarkable insight into its components and structure. [Duh!] However it will also unlock layers upon layers of complexity. [Double duh!]
Don’t get impatient. We’ve saved the best for last:
In uncovering the mysteries behind neuroactivity and brain-based diseases, we will find that the brain is far too integrated and functionally complex to be a product of Darwinian evolution. [Wow -- we never saw that coming!] Instead, it will be shown to display the hallmarks of intelligent design. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!]
Supernatural conclusion first, data later — if ever. Who needs data when you’ve already got The Truth™? That’s the creationists’ scientific method. Nice going, Discoveroids!
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