ELSEWHERE: The Limits Of Neuroscience

The Curator's Sabrina Little responds to and riffs on a recent David Brooks column regarding the limits of neuroscience and the dangers of "scientism." Neuroscience can offer many beneficial insights into human behavior, but, as Little writes, it also "leaves us feeling unsettled and unduly exposed" when applied too broadly. … [Read more...]

Can A Psychopath’s Brain Teach Us Anything About Justice?

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Let's say you read about a man who had broken into an apartment and, upon being surprised by a young woman living there, proceeded to rape her and then stab her to death. What should happen to him? I doubt anyone would say that he doesn't deserve the full extent of the law -- if not the death penalty, then at least a life sentence in the harshest, most secure prison available to prevent him from ever hurting another soul.But what if you found out that this same man had grown up in a terrible … [Read more...]

The Government Wants To Map Your Brain… And That’s A Good Thing

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How well do you know your own brain?  Can you tell the difference between your occipital lobe and your hippocampus? Many scientists have studied the human brain, but have little understanding of the total functions involved with it, and why this part does that. There are lots of theories, but little is solidified. We're not even sure where or why the human consciousness exists: whether it exists in only one portion of the mind, or in its total performance of its functions.It is for this r … [Read more...]


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