Neuroscience — by James Wadman
There is a fascinating topic of conversation in the world of neuroscience that covers the ideology that fully understanding all connections in the brain will only reveal yet another small fraction of all there is to know about how our minds work. I hope to convey this point gently, however, because this is not to say that the ingenious work of decoding the brain is an irrelevant endeavor. Instead, what I am saying is that many neuroscientists and I believe that once we understand how the brain’s systems connect and consolidate, we will open a million new doors to further questions and complications that we cannot presently foresee. (Find great related content in this Reddit AMA)
This simultaneously brilliant and horrific revelation is something that is seen in virtually every field of complex science. Physics was thought to be a mastered art in the 19th century before novel discoveries led us to seeing the world in a new and unusual way, thanks to Quantum Mechanics. The completion of the human genome project was thought to revolutionize medicine, but ultimately proved that molecular biology was a lot more “molecular” than we previously thought.
I want to introduce a new mini-series of articles for my blog based on this idea. There is so much effort going on in the world right now to prove things and to conduct research with scientific etiquette, and there are few things in the world I believe in more than the scientific method. However, I also want to open up discussion on things that can’t be provided with direct evidence or can’t be tested just yet. Every great leap of mankind begins with an idea, and I want to take a risk and throw out some grand ideas just as food for thought.