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Dr. Eric Kandel in Newsweek

When will mental illness finally yield to science?
August 11, 2014

“The brain is hot,” says Dr. Eric R. Kandel, bow tie askew and eyes a-twinkle. The octogenarian Nobel laureate, who has never quite lost his Brooklyn accent, lists a number of recent efforts that suggest a renewed enthusiasm in trying to understand the most intricate mechanism in the human body: President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, which will devote hundreds of millions of dollars to trying to understand “how we think, learn and remember”; a $200 million mental health research center at Columbia University, started via a 2012 gift by real estate tycoon Mortimer B. Zuckerman; a new $1 million Israeli prize in brain technology. Upon announcement of the last of these, former Israeli president Shimon Peres lamented that we still know so little about the brain that we remain “strangers to ourselves.”

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