Brainwashed has ratings and 70 reviews. Jafar said: A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens a part of the brain that helps us connect with oth. Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld is an important book on an emerging. Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. Article (PDF Available) in Theology and Science 12(1) ยท February with.

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Lilienfeld explain how such images Co-written by a psychologist and a psychiatrist, “Brainwashed: Basically, we’re not in a science fiction novel yet as much as the most enthusiastic adherents of brain science would like us to be. A healthy dose of skepticism towards all the neuro-hype flooding our society. I’ve been very dubious of brain imaging – or at least the claims people make while providing fMRI scans as ‘proof’.

If you read anything on neuroscience, read this. Couldn’t keep my interest. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on morality and blame in a deterministic universe in chapter 6.

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Science has a long way to go to reaching its social reputation. One chapter in this book provided me with some information I needed about what mindlsss an fMRI measures and how it works hence the 2nd star.

The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience” offers a balanced treatment of the capabilities of fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging, and its role in facilitating the study of the human brain. And then the book gets even better. Our feelings on race? The chapter on addiction was extremely interesting, as it has been increasingly thought o Very useful book that debunks many of the claims made about how brain scans can explain so much about human behavior.

Hardcoverpages. Everything from crime to general cognition, we think the fMRI can do anything and it can’t. See how addiction being a disease is not quite accurate? She argued against those who say teens aren’t to be held responsible for murder, because their brain were still developing. Many of the criticisms of the book seem to rely upon attacks upon Dr Satel’s membership in the American Enterprise Institute, and a tendency to lump all critiques of neuroscience, and indeed any science, into the, ill defined, “post-modernist” or “neo-marixst” camps.


The authors present exhaustive evidence to demonstrate that brain science is being applied inappropriately for all sorts of purposes, to name but appea, few: However, I didn’t like how it slipped towards a poorly written law essay at the end. What, stopped mondless from scoring the book with a full five stars, is that Statel and Lilianfeld do not stop themselves from occasionally indulging to far in their own speculative philosophizing. Satel states in the afterword she had asked several neuroscientists at a conference of their profession what percentage of the brain is actually known and understood: It doesn’t just serve one neroscience, but many, so a speculative interpretation is required.

This shows that in many ways the disease model ultimately fails. Their well-argumented resentment apoeal determinism and cartesian materialism in neuroscience which I share is also very appealing. The authors speak of the danger of “neurodeterminism” and neurocentrism page xiv”the view that human experience and behavior can be best explained from the predominant or even exclusive perspective of the brain.

The authors go on to tell what neuroscience and the colorful functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI scans do reveal — the tendency of some areas of the brain to use more oxygen given certain stimuli — and don’t reveal — why to choose Coke over Pepsi or murder someone. Brain scans, Satel and Lilienfeld show, are useful but often ambiguous representations of a highly complex system.

And they’re reliably accompanied by articles boasting pictures of color-drenched brains — scans capturing Buddhist monks meditating, addicts craving cocaine, and college sophomores choosing Coke over Pepsi.

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Feb 16, Andy rated it liked it. Good content debunking “neurobollocks” but not really enough for a book.

Save your credit and get another one of audible’s fine books on this subject. See Heidi Ravven’s The Self Beyond Itself The authors of Brainwashed have a political reason to reify free will and they’re afraid the new brain sciences are a threat. ARK — 14 September Moral agency can be understood without free will. It was a refreshing read about how we accept to much of conventional wisdom of neuroscience and how we have been deceived by science. Happily, the authors of this book did all the work for me.


Any deviation from the, fairly narrow, accepted dogmas of any field are seen as betrayals and related to accordingly.

This isn’t really answered in the book, it’s simply presented as a thing we accept. They argued that neuroscience has some bad science and charlatans and makes wrong conclusions. Neuroscience heeft veel nieuwe inzichten opgeleverd over de werking van onbewuste denkprocessen en invloeden op gedrag. Co-written by a psychologist and a psychiatrist, “Brainwashed: Every grand human story needs informed curmudgeons to poke holes and sniff out misapplications.

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Review: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Satel, isn’t by any means against seductlve huge steps-forward in brain imaging and neuroscience, but she is opposed to the overeager seducfive who jump to hasty conclusions, and the media swallowing up the hype and spreading nonsense.

Lets says 50 percent of the solders got terminal cancer while in Vietnam, and the insensitive president said “You can’t return back home until you are cancer free” then guess what, none of those with cancer would have come home, they couldn’t have just made the decision not to have cancer.

While the fMRI is an incredible tool, it is critical to remember that mental functions can rarely be mapped to a specific area of the brain. This book isn’t meant to be a party-pooper; it’s not here to quell anyone’s enthusiasm for neuroscience and the authors make this clear. This book intends to deepen the public’s understanding and appreciation of neuroscientific studies rather than teach people to dismiss new science outright.

They’re right, a fMRI makes a lousy lie detector for all the reasons they say. Naturalists hold untenable positions while the sseductive cry out for reason. However, according to the authors, we are still years perhaps decades away from truly clarifying the mi A well written book based upon the premise the application of fMRI neurological testing has significant limitations regarding suspected correlations between brain function and mental process.