Good people have way more free will than bad people. And no neuroscience find is going to change that. It’s just part of the fabric of reality.
In fact, if New Scientist keeps on this way, they will make life difficult for UD News. They were always such a ready source of crackpot cosmologies and psychologies, and fevered Darwin cult crusades, etc. A break from the more demanding coverage of real science news, often welcomed.
Mindfulness can improve the effectiveness of chronic pain relief without increases in harmful drugs, which may be in conflict with other medically necessary drugs.
… in the last 5 years, about 400 of the 3000 respondents changed religions, mostly to Christianity, “where the promise of receiving care is greater …
Traditional Christians expect some level of unavoidable suffering as part of life, accepting it as a test of character (not of faith, because their faith told them to expect it). The same situation might look very different to the person who honestly believes that if things aren’t going well, there is something wrong with him.
This Spiked interview by Tim Black with Raymond Tallis might be useful reading: This sense that our minds are not what we thought they were, that it’s our brains, and the natural-physical causal network of which they are part, that is really calling the shots has been lovingly embraced by politicos on both sides of […]
There is a large range of questions that mechanism and reductionism not only don’t answer but where they actually create just these sorts of meaningless problems. In this case, the resolution is quite simple: Perception is a form of action – it is a mental action – the act of perceiving.
Although I may be struck by a thought, or moved by a memory, or distracted by a craving, these familiar descriptions suggest an effect with no obvious physical cause. Thoughts, memories, cravings—they are what? Crossing space and time effortlessly, the human mind deliberates, reckons, assesses, and totes things up; it reacts, registers, reflects, and responds. […]
Have I lost my mind and ability to think logically, or have Darwinists and people like Hawking lost theirs?
In “‘Man is more than an overdeveloped monkey’: Raymond Tallis explains why he has declared a war of words on the trendy ideas that underpin ‘neuromania’ and ‘Darwinitis’” ( Spiked, Tim Black writes, There is a chill to Tallis’s lament. Whether in the form of neuromania or its close relative Darwinitis, we stand reduced, degraded. […]
Why does anyone pay attention to one-way skeptic Michael Shermer’s war on the mind’s reality?
Here. Atheist neuroscientist Raymond Tallis assails the cult of the neuron. A non-materialist psychiatrist comments,
At the Journal of Neural Engineering (Eurekalert, 28-Jul-2011), we are advised to “Put the brakes on using your brain power”: German researchers have used drivers’ brain signals, for the first time, to assist in braking, providing much quicker reaction times and a potential solution to the thousands of car accidents that are caused by human […]
Or so we learn from “Out-Of-Body Experiences Linked to Neural Instability and Biases in Body Representation” (ScienceDaily, July 11, 2011) The way Mario and I told it in The The Spiritual Brain, OBEs simply show that the mind is not as tied to the brain as is commonly supposed. There is a huge move to […]
The most important thing about this “mind is merely brain” story, for any traditional human being is what is supposed to be a surprise.