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Spotted: Non-materialist neuroscientist in Expelled’s supertrailer- plus note on Time mag’s Kluger

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He’s the guy in the blue shirt, talking about the National Academy of Science.

Jeff Schwartz is best known as the lead author of The Mind and the Brain, which addressed key findings on how the mind controls and shapes the brain. (Move over, Steve Pinker, you’re hogging the bench again.)

Incidentally, Bill was commenting on Time science writer Jeffrey Kluger’s Cordon Bleu theory of the origin of life (stir and slow cook). I have never read a serious OOL researcher who talked in such a blithely optimistic way.

This highlights a key feature of current materialism:

When science appears to support materialism, the materialist quotes the science. When it doesn’t, he just makes stuff up and calls it science.

Maybe Kluger thinks that Gonzalez, Sternberg, Marks, and Crocker all do that too, so he just doesn’t get what their problem is?

Also just up at The Mindful Hack:

Hurting oneself to hurt others not a useful social strategy … duh!

Decline of secularism leads to panic among new atheists?

Great review of The Spiritual Brain in Canada’s Medical Post, by a reviewer (a retired surgeon) who also offers a detailed page on the true causes of pain.

Large questions require the language of myth, not shopping bills

12 Replies to “Spotted: Non-materialist neuroscientist in Expelled’s supertrailer- plus note on Time mag’s Kluger

  1. 1
    jerry says:

    Denyse,

    “I have never read a serious OOL researcher who talked in such a blithely optimistic way.”

    I received a course last week from the Teaching Company called “Big History.” The instructor is a guy named David Christian from San Diego State who spent most of his teaching career in Australia. It starts with the formation of the universe and along the way gets to Darwin and the OOL before getting to human development.

    For OOL he said it was as easy as 1, 2, 3. First you get some basic organic compounds and cites the Stanley studies. Next these organic compounds form complex molecules and Finally the tricky part which they almost have solved, the complex molecules self assemble into the cell after several intermediary steps. Natural selection is used to build the intermediary steps by choosing the most appropriate pathways.

    He made it look like it was just a matter of time before everything was wrapped up. I felt like throwing something at the TV screen but I was watching it on a new LCD screen we just got. The sad part is that the guy actually believed it.

  2. 2
    poachy says:

    I am not sure why anyone would pay attention to Kluger anyways. He is just a writer and, as such, has little grasp of science.

  3. 3
    Lutepisc says:

    Jeff Schwartz is best known as the lead author of The Mind and the Brain, which addressed key findings on how the mind controls and shapes the brain.

    Yes, and he’s probably just as well known for “Brain Lock,” a book he wrote in the 90’s on the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It’s still very popular on Amazon.com.

  4. 4
    Lutepisc says:

    Ummm…poachy = sock puppet (in case anyone’s forgotten…)

  5. 5
    russ says:

    Jerry, this reminds me of a Monty
    Python fake TV show skit…

    Alan Hello.

    Noel Hello.

    Alan Well, last week we showed you how to become a gynecologist. And this week on ‘How to do it’ we’re going to show you how to play the flute, how to split an atom, how to construct a box girder bridge, how to irrigate the Sahara Desert and make vast new areas of land cultivatable, but first, here’s Jackie to tell you all how to rid the world of all known diseases.

    Jackie Hello, Alan.

    Alan Hello, Jackie.

    Jackie Well, first of all become a doctor and discover a marvelous cure for something, and then, when the medical profession really starts to take notice of you, you can jolly well tell them what to do and make sure they get everything right so there’ll never be any diseases ever again.

    Alan Thanks, Jackie. Great idea. How to play the flute. (picking up a flute) Well here we are. You blow there and you move your fingers up and down here.

    Noel Great, great, Alan. Well, next week we’ll be showing you how black and white people can live together in peace and harmony, and Alan will be over in Moscow showing us how to reconcile the Russians and the Chinese. So, until next week, cheerio.

    Alan Bye.

    Jackie Bye.

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    Apollos says:

    Good instincts all along, Lutepisc.

  7. 7
    Stone says:

    … Abiogenesis and nucleic synthesis they say.. mystical self organizing principle… If you can believe that why are angels, faries, and unicorns so far fetched?

  8. 8
    poachy says:

    I don’t understand, Luetepisc, why you are wanting to censor me. It is getting creepy how you are following me around here. If the mods want me to “crawl back under my bridge” and be quiet, so be it. Let them tell me. But, you don’t get to push me around just because you think you are smarter than me.

  9. 9
    russ says:

    Poachy. No one is censoring you. They’re just alerting everyone to your shtick. So you don’t have to get all indignant like a biology professor who’s been excluded from a movie prescreening and forced to pay $8.50 like everyone else. But I digress…

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    JPCollado says:

    Ha! @ Russ # 5…funny

    I just wonder which is harder: reconciling blacks and whites or joining hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules together without any trouble.

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    teleologist_ says:

    Does anyone know when Expelled is supposed to be released in Canada?

  12. 12
    teleologist_ says:

    I’m assuming Denyse would probably know.

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