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Decade of the Mind

Author(s): Spitzer Manfred

Journal: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine
ISSN 1747-5341

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Abstract In the Fall of 2007, ten neuroscientists published a proposal for an interdisciplinary research initiative, the Decade of the Mind, that would focus on four "broad but intertwined areas": mental health, research on high-level cognitive functions, education, and computational applications (such as intelligent machines). I review the basic ideas behind the proposal and discuss the four proposed areas of research. I argue that for research on higher cognitive functions and in particular, for research and practice in education, the Decade of the Mind is a welcome initiative that may change our lives for the better. Therefore, the proposal, which is scientifically interdisciplinary in nature, has to be politically international.
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