An open letter to Larry Swanson: Why it is important for neuroscientists to debate the Brain Initiative in public

Dear Larry Swanson, I’m writing in response to your letter to SfN members regarding the Brain Initiative, primarily because I strongly disagree with one of your key points. In the letter, you write: While we should all continue to explore

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An open letter to Larry Swanson: Why it is important for neuroscientists to debate the Brain Initiative in public

Dear Larry Swanson, I’m writing in response to your letter to SfN members regarding the Brain Initiative, primarily because I strongly disagree with one of your key points. In the letter, you write: While we should all continue to explore

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the “value” of protesting

A quick thought, inspired on twitter: Money is protected as “free speech”, hence lobbying is legal. We can give money to other persons to speak for us. Could we nail down the “value” of protesting? That is, what is the

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the “value” of protesting

A quick thought, inspired on twitter: Money is protected as “free speech”, hence lobbying is legal. We can give money to other persons to speak for us. Could we nail down the “value” of protesting? That is, what is the

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moving beyond the low-hanging #altmetrics fruit

Here are the #altmetrics that I want to see for individual research papers: How many journal clubs are discussing this? How often was this mentioned at campus pubs? How many entrepreneurs saved this into their Mendeley library? How many lives

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moving beyond the low-hanging #altmetrics fruit

Here are the #altmetrics that I want to see for individual research papers: How many journal clubs are discussing this? How often was this mentioned at campus pubs? How many entrepreneurs saved this into their Mendeley library? How many lives

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the fundamental “purpose” of brains… maybe I should give a TED talk

I have this pet theory that nervous systems are fundamentally organs for predicting the future so the organism can respond appropriately. And to do this, nervous systems rely on correlations in the environment and temporal precedence to infer causality. Which

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the fundamental “purpose” of brains… maybe I should give a TED talk

I have this pet theory that nervous systems are fundamentally organs for predicting the future so the organism can respond appropriately. And to do this, nervous systems rely on correlations in the environment and temporal precedence to infer causality. Which

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in the future, the scientific literature will follow you

Of the 1+ million new scientific papers published each year, which ones should a scientist read? Its obvious that any single researcher can’t read them all. Nor do we want to… the overwhelming majority aren’t relevant to us or our

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in the future, the scientific literature will follow you

Of the 1+ million new scientific papers published each year, which ones should a scientist read? Its obvious that any single researcher can’t read them all. Nor do we want to… the overwhelming majority aren’t relevant to us or our

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Why do scientists tend to prefer PDF documents over HTML when reading scientific journals?

I’m taking a play out of Bradley Voytek’s playbook and re-posting one of my answers to a question on Quora… Why do scientists tend to prefer PDF documents over HTML when reading scientific journals? For me, there is one primary reason

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Why do scientists tend to prefer PDF documents over HTML when reading scientific journals?

I’m taking a play out of Bradley Voytek’s playbook and re-posting one of my answers to a question on Quora… Why do scientists tend to prefer PDF documents over HTML when reading scientific journals? For me, there is one primary reason

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new goal: regular blog posts

They might be short. They might be long. But the goal is to just start writing again, because 140 characters is no longer enough. “Reset” photo CC-BY Steve Snodgrass 

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new goal: regular blog posts

They might be short. They might be long. But the goal is to just start writing again, because 140 characters is no longer enough. “Reset” photo CC-BY Steve Snodgrass 

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