A review by Yves Fregnac

This epistemological review examines how two recent global initiatives which focus on the possibility of simulating the Human Brain in silico, the Blue Brain Project (BBP) and the Human Brain Project (HBP), have recently caught the imagination of the public. We explore how the scientific roadmaps have been shaped to motivate an interdisciplinary paradigm shift in neuroscience research under a blue-skies research banner, allied with evolving advanced information and communication technology (ICT) tools, together having the potential to trigger a quantum leap in applied brain science. A longitudinal analysis reveals how the neuromyth of digitizing-the-mind has propagated to sell science, and how scientific goals have shifted and refocused over time.

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