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i totally agree

Dr Farah,

I am one of those grousing cognitive neuroscientists you refer to, and indeed, part of the overwhelming majority who groused and did nothing more. I thought to myself "If only I had the time and motivation to write a letter to the NYT pointing out how silly these conclusions are, and how bad this kind of reporting is for the reputation and understanding of fMRI in the non-scientific community."

Thanks for taking the time to do this :]

I wonder if Iacoboni and colleagues would be interested in posting a response?

I support Senator Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
Hillary is the best candidate for Asian Pacific Americans and for all
Americans. She will return this country to the path of progress. She
has a proven track record as an advocate on behalf of America's real
needs, and will be ready to lead on Day One.

I know that for change to happen, the next person in the White House
must be a proven national leader. That person must be strong,
intelligent, and compassionate. Hillary Clinton is all of those
things.


Hillary Clinton has an extraordinary amount of experience on the
national level as a sitting Senator of our nation. She has 35 years of
commitment to public service. She has been through many trying times.
Not only did she survive, she has emerged a tough and experienced
fighter, and I know that she will fight for us. She will work to help
college students get a quality and affordable education, help working
people by creating good jobs with good pay, and help the uninsured get
the healthcare they need.


Though she is tough, she is also compassionate. When she graduated
from law school, she could have become wealthy working for a
corporation. Instead, she chose to work for the Children's Defense
Fund, helping abused and neglected children. Her compassion has been a
hallmark of her service all these years.


But it is her commitment to diversity that impresses me the most. It
is not enough to talk in generalities about bringing people together.
Instead, one must look at a person's actions. In her campaign, she was
the first to start an API outreach office. An analysis of presidential
campaign staffs found hers to be the most diverse, and to have the
most Asian Americans. A national Asian American political advocacy
group, 80-20, sent a list of 6 questions to all the presidential
candidates on such issues as fighting workplace discrimination against
Asian Americans and nominating Asian Americans to federal judgeships.
Because of her willingness to commit, she earned the sole endorsement
of the group.


Hillary has taken the lead in policy issues important to APA's,
including making family reunification a priority in immigration
reform. Many Asian Americans have been the victim of international
politics. She has met with over 80 world leaders, is experienced in
foreign affairs and will bring America back to its position as a
respected world leader. It is no wonder that out of all the
presidential candidates, she has the greatest number of endorsements
from APA elected officials, including Senator Dan Inouye,
Congresswoman Doris Matsui, former Governor Gary Locke and State
Controller John Chiang.


As one of California's top 12 state constitutional officers and an
elected woman myself, I deeply appreciate the strength that Hillary
had to possess to get to this historic point in time. Her strength is
what this country needs right now.


Hillary is our best and brightest chance for a better life for all
Americans. She deserves to be the next President of the United States.


WORLD DEMOCRACY MEDIA GROUP
M Waheed Jadoon


It's amazing how complex the brain really is. We have learned a lot, but it seems we have only understand a small amount.

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