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Neuroscience: Hey, all we need is a quick scan of your brain at the airport … as if …


Some guy here not convinced:

In “Can the Brain Explain Your Mind?”(March 24, 2011), Colin McGinn notices materialist neuroscientist V.S. Ramachadran’s A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human,

Tell-Tale Brain:

Neurology is gripping in proportion as it is foreign. It has all the fascination of a horror story—the Jekyll of the mind bound for life to the Hyde of the brain. All those exotic Latin names for the brain’s parts echo the strangeness of our predicament as brain-based conscious beings: the language of the brain is not the language of the mind, and only a shaky translation manual links the two. There is something uncanny and creepy about the way the brain intrudes on the mind, as if the mind has been infiltrated by an alien life form. We are thus perpetually startled by our evident fusion with the brain; as a result, neurology is never boring. And this is true in spite of the fact that the science of the brain has not progressed much beyond the most elementary descriptive stages.

Good thought that, when your boss claims to know your inmost being, and you can’t remember ever having a non-scripted (I must not lose my job) conversation.

Denyse O’Leary is co-author of The Spiritual Brain.


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