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Mind: Put “neuro” in front of an abstract discipline and poof! – it becomes nonsense

In a recent review of Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity, by MD neuroscientist Raymond Tallis, British journalist Robert McLuhan quotes Tallis on the current fad for identifying changes in brain function that are associated with thoughts and feelings as the explanation for those feelings. There are repeated references to new disciplines Read More…

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Non-materialist neuroscience: “You can’t fire your brain but you can retrain it.”

Non-materialist neuroscience: “You can’t fire your brain but you can retrain it.” Here’s an interview with a non-materialist neuroscientist, Jeffrey Schwartz, who is friendly to ID covers what’s wrong with materialism in neuroscience, and introduces a non-materialist approach to the treatment of phobias, compulsions, and addictions, as used in his new book, You arenot your Read More…

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Here’s a first: A reviewer skeptical of airhead neuroscience claims

That’s Adam Hanft on the recent The Compass of Pleasure by neuroscientist David J. Linden, who writes at Barnes & Noble Reviews (June 27, 2011): Disciplines from neuroscience to behavioral psychology to evolutionary biology have created a new cranial transparency that’s unleashed a gush of books like Blink by Malcolm Gladwell; Sway: The Irresistible Pull Read More…

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How do people understand algebra if they never encounter it?

In “Geometric Principles Appear Universal in Our Minds” (Wired Science, May 24, 2011) , Bruce Bower reflects on the fact that research among peoples who do not even count suggests that abstract geometric principles are probably innate in humans: If geometry relies on an innate brain mechanism, it’s unclear how such a neural system generates Read More…

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Resources: Need to do some clear thinking?

The latest edition of The Reasoner (Volume 5, Number 7 – July 2011), a monthly digest highlighting exciting new research on reasoning, inference and method broadly construed. It is interdisciplinary, covering research in, e.g., philosophy, logic, AI, statistics, cognitive science, law, psychology, mathematics and the sciences, is available for download. Articles of interest:

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Templeton prize-winning Darwinist Francisco Ayala offers to explain, “Am I a Monkey?”

Francisco Ayala, the 2010 Templeton winner known for the view that intelligent design is blasphemy and an “atrocity”*, has a new book out, Am I a Monkey? Six Big Questions about Evolution (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). Here’s an excerpt. Defending the view that you are something along the same lines as a monkey Read More…

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Is human intelligence “close to its evolutionary limit”?

At Scientific American, Douglas Fox reports on “The Limits of Intelligence,” where  we learn that “The laws of physics may well prevent the human brain from evolving into an ever more powerful thinking machine” (June 14, 2011): Summary Human intelligence may be close to its evolutionary limit. Various lines of research suggest that most of Read More…

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Incognito even from ourselves? But …

“Are we all travelling “incognito“, my latest at MercatorNet June 21, 2011), looks at Baylor College of Medicine neuroscientist David Eagleman’s book Incognito, focusing on his proposed neuroscience fix for criminal law: “Those who break the social contracts need to be warehoused, but in this case the future is of more importance than the past.” Read More…

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Atheist philosopher Raymond Tallis trashes “Darwinitis,” strikes blow for reality of consciousness

In “Human consciousness is much more than mere brain activity,” Mark Vernon writes, “When we meditate or use our powers of perception, we call on more than just a brain” (The Guardian, June17, 2011): How does the animated meat inside our heads produce the rich life of the mind? Why is it that when we Read More…

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Spotted!: “irreducible complexity” used (misused?) in popular literature

In Incognito, Baylor College of Medicine’s “rock star” neuroscientist David Eagleman argues for  neuroscience to determine prison sentences, using the term: Not everyone with a brain tumour undertakes a mass shooting, and not all males commit crimes. Why not? As we will see in the next chapter, it is because genes and environment interact in Read More…