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Neuroscience tried wholly embracing naturalism, but then the brain got away:

Both the United States and the European Union are throwing billions of dollars at new projects to map the human brain. Yet many neuroscientists worry that more is promised than can be performed. For one thing, fMRI (brain imaging) shows which brain areas have high oxygen levels when a person is thinking something. It simply cannot tell us what people are thinking, because many brain centers are active and those that are active may be activated for many reasons. Each brain is unique so data from studies must be averaged. But thoughts are not averaged; they belong to the individual.

Two hundred and fifty scientists are protesting the European Human Brain Project on the grounds that a proposed computer simulation isn’t realistic for understanding brain function. Indeed, the main practical effect of more and better neuroscience has been — not to cement — but to blow up conventional neuroscience assumptions or pop legends: More.

See also: Darwin’s “horrid doubt”: The mind

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