Brainwashed has ratings and 70 reviews. Jafar said: A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens a part of the brain that helps us connect with oth. Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld is an important book on an emerging. Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. Article (PDF Available) in Theology and Science 12(1) · February with.

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A decent introduction to the dangers of using neuroscientific evidence for a reader who has little or no background in psychology or neuroscience.

On the other hand, the book uses the past, present and future of neuroscience for some impressive forays into philosophy and social analysis. Moral agency can be understood without free will. I’ve been very dubious o Sally Satel’s assault on ‘neurobollocks’ – the over-optimistic and ultimately deceptive use of neuro-language in modern science and arts. Satel states in the afterword she had asked several neuroscientists at a conference of their profession what percentage of the brain is actually known and understood: But although brain scans and other neurotechnologies have provided groundbreaking insights into the workings of the human brain, the increasingly fashionable idea that they are the most important means of answering the enduring mysteries of psychology is misguided—and potentially dangerous.

One chapter provides a pretty nuanced view of “addiction is a disease like any other” rhetoric while the best chapter of all is an in depth look at the role of brain science in settling centuries old discussions of free will, the self and the just-world hypothesis. In fact, much of the authors’ contention in this book comes down to that question of human agency and the inadequacy of fallacious determinism that tries to reduce human experience to physical causes.

The authors speak of the danger of “neurodeterminism” and neurocentrism page xiv”the view that human experience and behavior can be best explained from the predominant or even exclusive perspective of the brain.


Return to Book Page. Concerning brain imaging, just because a part of the brain lights up, when we look at a picture of Bill Clinton for neuroscidnce, doesn’t conclusively show how we feel about him. Chapters explore neuroimaging–what we can and cannot infer from the results, addictions as explainable by brain functioning, the implications brainwawhed from the research for law.

Co-written by a psychologist and a psychiatrist, “Brainwashed: This study undercuts the “once an addict, always an addict” mantra and the belief that addiction is a chronic brain disease.

Of course mental illness is in a person’s head, your entire experience of reality is just in your head, how does that help people to overcome it? I particularly brainwashedd the discussion on morality and blame in a deterministic mindlesx in chapter 6. In short, we don’t know as much as we claim to, and it’s clear that anyone encountering unif On the one hand, the book serves to debunk prevalent ideas about how brain scans can illuminate our personalities, political preferences, susceptibility to advertising, proneness to addiction and even culpability in crimes we’ve committed.

Sep 13, Josh Clausen rated it it was ok. Comfortably situated in the tradition of responsible skepticism, Brainwashed is a terrific example of scientific self-correction. Mar 05, Daria neurosciencw it really liked it.

Jun 26, Matt Gosney rated it really liked it. A good corrective to the much hyped, and even over hyped, promises made by some for the future found in neuroscience. Everything from crime to general cognition, we think the fMRI can do anything and it can’t.

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Don’t worry, the men in lab coats are working on it. Asking the wrong questions of the brain, however, is at best a dead end and at worst mindoess misappropriation of the mantle of science. The GI Addiction epidemic became a big deal and there was lots of fear that once the soldiers returned home, the the addiction would continue for once an addict, always an addict.

This is whose running it! My discovery of neuroscience played no small part in reshaping my identity during the latter part of my undergraduate education, and the field continues to influence my ideas about who I am and how I should interact with the world.


They raise questions about the variety of linkages proposed and urge caution.

Review: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Skinner, who sought to explain human behavior in terms of rewards and punishments. Couldn’t keep my interest.

And they’re reliably accompanied by articles boasting pictures of color-drenched brains — scans capturing Buddhist monks meditating, addicts craving cocaine, and college sophomores choosing Coke over Pepsi. A healthy dose of skepticism towards all the neuro-hype flooding our society.

Big take away is that neuroscience brainwasshed dangerously oversimplify complex decisions and behavior of human beings.

For most of us, it’s overkill. Look, read a book before the year on consciousness and all y The authors would have told a much more interesting story if they would have considered all perspectives instead of just their narrow biases. If they failed the test, they would have to enter an army sponsored rehab until clean. Technology for studying the operation of the brain has been widely discussed in the media–as have those slides from f MRI functional magnetic resonance imaging that show certain parts of the brain “lighting up” in response to stimuli.

In addition, the fairly philosophically, not to mention neuroscence, unsophisticated takes many of the critics have only underscores just how weak their position is. The authors raise a cautionary flag about the use of fMRI data in education, forensics, and commerce.

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Feb 26, Mike rated it liked it. I really like that this book debunks a lot of the crap “science” out there relating to fMRI.

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