THE BRAIN OBSERVATORY®
Human Consciousness Explained
Over 80 billion neurons and a quadrillion of possible connections
between these cells support our conscious mental life.
Explaining the link between mind and brain is science’s hardest problem.
We have little control over our behavior as individuals and as societies.
We are helpless in the face of brain
We perpetuate the mystification and stigma towards mental illness.
Neuroscientists have a lot to learn from astronomers. The Brain Observatory was conceived as a public observatory for the human brain. We make neuroimaging technology that can be utilized by researchers on site and remotely, just like the astronomical telescopes that empower collaborative discovery worldwide.
Research on the human brain will not advance without the participation of human research subjects. The potential of the public as a partner in research is yet to be fully realized. We want to provide value to our research subjects by making them stakeholders in our venture, not just passive providers of data.
The Brain Observatory pairs cutting-edge neuroimaging technology with concepts that have inspired creativity and invention for centuries, like Aristotle’s belief that learning comes from direct engagement with tangible objects and the Buddhist tenet of “Ehipassiko” – an invitation for everyone to "Come and see for yourself."
The Brain Observatory is a place to widen the perspective on neuroscience research--a place where direct, first-hand experience stimulates curiosity and learning about the human brain. Broadening the study of the brain to how it relates to fundamental behavior people can relate to. Moving research activities outside of the boundaries of academic and medical institutions into public, "open science" settings.