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The Belcourt presents IN SILICO as a Science on Screen selection, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
A young filmmaker sets out to document a brilliant neuroscientist who has become frustrated with his field’s status quo. With time elapsing and millions of dollars on the line, IN SILICO explores an audacious 10-year quest to simulate the entire human brain on supercomputers. Along the way, it reveals the profound beauty of tiny mistakes and bold predictions — a controversial space where scientific process meets ego, and where the lines between objectivity and ambition blur.
“A fascinating window into the trouble grandiose research projects and grandiose personalities can generate.” —Alison Abbott, Nature Review “The film tries to show how it’s a collaborative field, it's interdisciplinary. There are huge egos, huge personalities, a lot of competitive spirits. It’s also messy. The film tries to knock this idea that science is this truly objective field…. You can’t get away with fudging your results, things will be peer reviewed in journals. A lot of those systems are broken, but there is a core methodology in science that always self-corrects when things go wrong.” —filmmaker Noah Hutton in an interview with Inverse
Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation