The nature vs nurture debate is over. Scientists and philosophers now know that an interplay between both shapes who we are at the level of the genome. Genes have the magnificent ability of both programing an organism and responding to all sorts of environmental cues.
Today, however, a new kid on the block named “connectomics” is ruffling feathers in many scientific circles. How do we begin to relate the brain’s immensely complicated structure to its function? What can this tell us about human nature that genetics has not? Watch as MIT neuroscientist Sebastian Seung ushers in the age of the Connectome, a complete map of the human brain, in order to advance our understanding of the human story.