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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Neuroscience and popular materialism: What makes the human brain unique?

Here's a great reason for rejecting pop neuroscience, titled "We are neuroscientists and we come in peace":
Hmmm. Just try coming to war here and see what happens.
Just when it seemed things could get no worse, Hank Greely of Stanford Law School pointed to several areas of potential friction between neuroscience research and widely held religious beliefs (findings that point to consciousness, or a form of it, in nonhuman animals, for example, might undermine the notion that humans occupy a unique position in the world) and asked whether neuroscientists might get dragged into the type of culture war waged by evolutionary biologists and creationists. ... “What Makes The Human Brain Unique”?
What makes the human brain unique?:

Has anyone considered Einstein's 1905 papers? Show me the chimp who did anything similar.

Instead of this horrifying chimp attack.

For your own good, smarten up, all.

If this is a culture war, I plead innocent for starting it. It was started by entrenched tax burdens.

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