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.


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

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