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The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Inbunden, Engelska, 2013-06-04
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FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN SCIENCEWhat can't neuroscience tell us about ourselves? Since fMRI,functional magnetic resonance imaging,was introduced in the early 1990s, brain scans have been used to help politicians understand and manipulate voters, determine guilt in court cases, and make sense of everything from musical aptitude to romantic love. But although brain scans and other neurotechnologies have provided ground-breaking insights into the workings of the human brain, the increasingly fashionable idea that they are the most important means of answering the enduring mysteries of psychology is misguided,and potentially dangerous.In Brainwashed , psychiatrist and AEI scholar Sally Satel and psychologist Scott O. Lilienfeld reveal how many of the real-world applications of human neuroscience gloss over its limitations and intricacies, at times obscuring,rather than clarifying,the myriad factors that shape our behaviour and identities. Brain scans, Satel and Lilienfeld show, are useful but often ambiguous representations of a highly complex system. Each region of the brain participates in a host of experiences and interacts with other regions, so seeing one area light up on an fMRI in response to a stimulus doesn't automatically indicate a particular sensation or capture the higher cognitive functions that come from those interactions. The narrow focus on the brain's physical processes also assumes that our subjective experiences can be explained away by biology alone. As Satel and Lilienfeld explain, this neurocentric" view of the mind risks undermining our most deeply held ideas about selfhood, free will, and personal responsibility, putting us at risk of making harmful mistakes, whether in the courtroom, interrogation room, or addiction treatment clinic. A provocative account of our obsession with neuroscience, Brainwashed brilliantly illuminates what contemporary neuroscience and brain imaging can and cannot tell us about ourselves, providing a much-needed reminder about the many factors that make us who we are.
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Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing "A smart and sometimes devastating critique of 'neurobollocks'... This book is a brisk read, but a good one - and, I would argue, an important one." Nature "Satel and Lilienfeld provide an engaging overview of the technical and conceptual factors that complicate the interpretation of brain scans obtained by functional magnetic resonance imaging and other techniques... Brainwashed offers much to bolster popular understanding of what brain imaging can and cannot achieve." Huffington Post "[An] important new book... Brainwashed is not an anti-neuroscience book by any means. Indeed, the authors celebrate the new insights into human thought and behavior that brain studies have yielded. But the book does take a hard stand against the prevailing neurocentrism, and aims to restore some balance to our understanding of human fallibility, including drug and alcohol addiction." BBC Focus "In a witty but no-hold-barred book, the authors skewer the ridiculous claims of those who tell us that brain imaging can unlock the secrets of the mind... Brainwashed explains why we must be skeptical and accept that, if anything, brain research has revealed just how much further we have to go." Gary Marcus, "The book does a terrific job of explaining where and how savvy readers should be skeptical." Discover "Well-written and remarkably balanced... Should you buy it?... For new readers, or as a gift, it would be fantastic." Metapsychology "Offers an availing expose on the recklessly radical conclusions of Naive Neuroscience and what must be addressed to maintain a comprehensive, sensible and constrained Modern Neuroscience." Reason "A skeptical but fair-minded review of the field that carefully distinguishes between wild hopes and actual accomplishments." Commentary "[A] lucid new book" The Scientist "Brainwashed is a reasoned, humane addition to the growing 'neuroskeptic' bookshelf." Booklist, Starred Review "[A] fascinating book." Library Journal "An accessible entry point to important and timely neuroethical discussions. Above all, readers will learn why they should turn a critical eye to reports that begin, 'Brain scans show...'" Kirkus Reviews "A valuable contribution to the neuroscience bookshelf." Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, George Washington University and Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic "Brainwashed challenges the much-hyped claim that neuroscience will transform everything from marketing to the legal system to our ideas of blameworthiness and free will. Satel and Lilienfeld bring much needed skeptical intelligence to this field, giving neuroscience its due while recognizing its limitations. This is an invaluable contribution to one of our most contested debates about the ability of science to transform society." Peter D. Kramer, author of Against Depression "An authoritative, fascinating argument for the centrality of mind in what, doubtless prematurely, has been called the era of the brain." Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale and author of How Pleasure Works "In this smart, provocative and very accessible book, Satel and Lilienfeld are not out to bury neuroscience; they are here to save it--to rescue it from those who have wildly exaggerated its practical and theoretical benefits. Some of this book is very funny, as when they review the dubious history of neuromarketing and neuropolitics, and some of it is dead serious, as in their discussion of how the abuse of neuroscience distorts criminal law and the treatment of addicts. Brainwashed is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the use and abuse of one of the most important scientific developments of our time." Hal Pashler, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego "Brainwashed p

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Sally Satel is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a lecturer at Yale University School of Medicine, and a practicing psychiatrist. The author of PC, M.D., she holds an MD from Brown University and completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University. Satel lives in Washington, DC.Scott O. Lilienfeld is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Emory University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia