Friday, September 14, 2012

fMRI & Neurobabble


Steven Poole, Your brain on pseudoscience: the rise of popular neurobollocks, New Statesman (Sept. 6, 2012):

The human brain, it is said, is the most complex object in the known universe. That a part of it “lights up” on an fMRI scan does not mean the rest is inactive; nor is it obvious what any such lighting-up indicates; nor is it straightforward to infer general lessons about life from experiments conducted under highly artificial conditions. Nor do we have the faintest clue about the biggest mystery of all – how does a lump of wet grey matter produce the conscious experience you are having right now, reading this paragraph? How come the brain gives rise to the mind? No one knows.

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Read the rest of this article. It is hilarious -- and incisive.

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