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) · February with.

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With regard to violent crime, neuropsychologists attempt to explain the behavior as blameless, because “their brain made them do it. May 01, Jitse rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 07, Mellius rated it really apleal it.

Satel and Lilienfeld give an overview of how fMRI works and help the reader understand brain science without denying the true promise of its endeavors. Moral agency can be understood without free will.

Concerning brain imaging, just because a part of the brain lights up, when we look at a picture of Bill Clinton for example, doesn’t conclusively show how we feel about him. This is unfortunate, and lazy. In fact, much of the authors’ contention in this book comes down to that question of human agency and the inadequacy of fallacious determinism that tries to reduce human experience to physical causes.

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Can’t explain life, consciousness, or free-will? Satel, isn’t by any means against the huge steps-forward in brain imaging and neuroscience, but she is opposed to the overeager popularizes who jump to hasty conclusions, and the media swallowing up the hype and spreading nonsense.

Veel fysiologische bevindingen blijken samen te hangen met gedrag, maar dat is nog niet genoeg om gedrag juist te voorspellen. See how addiction being a disease is not quite accurate? Brainwashed contains a thorough explanation of exactly why the results of brain imaging studies can be so easily misconstrued: The progressive thinkers are now the determinists.

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. I get that, all things with humans have flaws, but there is another side to the equation, neuroscience research is a real science and really incredible things are currently being done in the field. However, the man who became a pedophile when he had a tumor was certainly a good story to outline the effects of physical illness on the brain and our power to heal.


The scientists decided to conduct the study. The authors would have made a much better book if they would have provided the other perspective. Rhe media attention has focused on the neurosciences and the associated technology. Want to Read saving…. Nov 24, Kaitlin rated it liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. Grainwashed explain how such images are produced and what their limitations are. Mar 17, Miles rated it really liked it. Don’t worry, the men in lab coats are working on it.

The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.

I believe this is a great book for A decent introduction to the dangers of using neuroscientific evidence for a reader who has little or no background in psychology or neuroscience. Each region tge the brain participates in a host of experiences and interacts with other regions, so seeing one area light up on brainwahed fMRI in response to a stimulus doesn’t automatically indicate a particular sensation or capture braihwashed higher cognitive functions that come from those interactions.

The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience is a clever, concise, and balanced analysis of how certain individuals and groups misrepresent the discoveries and practical applications of modern mundless.

Apr 30, John rated it really liked it Shelves: The irony is that any pop neuroscience book that you pick up boasts about the complexity of the human brain — that it’s the most complex known object in the entire universe, that it has some billion neurons, each with one to ten thousand synaptic neeuroscience with other neurons, that the number of possible configurations of the human brain is greater than the number of elementary particles in the entire universe.

The irony is that any pop neuroscience book that you pick up boasts about the complexity of the human brain — that it’s the most co “A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens a part of the brain that helps us connect with others,” is what I read in an article on NPR yesterday.

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The media — and even some neuroscientists, it seems — love to invoke the neural foundations of human behavior to explain everything from the Bernie Madoff financial fiasco to slavish devotion to our iPhones, the sexual indiscretions of mindess, conservatives’ dismissal of global warming and even an obsession with self-tanning. The chapter on addiction was extremely interesting, as it has been increasingly thought of as a “brain disease” problem. Everything from crime to general cognition, we think the fMRI can do anything and it can’t.


Neuroscience has indeed made remarkable progress in the understanding of brain structure and function. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. While fMRI shows the brain response of addicts to images of drugs, recovery is a project of the heart and mind.

Mar 05, Daria rated it really liked it. The authors would have told a much more interesting story if they would have considered all perspectives instead of just their narrow biases. Many of the criticisms of the book seem to rely upon attacks upon Dr Satel’s membership in wppeal 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.

On the other hand, the book uses the past, present and future of neuroscience for some impressive forays into philosophy and social analysis.

The book could be a little more comprehensive and look at neuroscience claims about education, literacy, technology, politics and some of the other areas where the field is often invoked, but in general it’s a rewarding read that offers some admirable balance in its perspective of a still emerging discipline.

Concerning all the claims that addiction is a disease, Sally Satel, shared an interesting study done during the s, when opium and high grade heroine flooded southern Asia. Just add the word “therapy” to anything. A healthy dose of skepticism towards all the neuro-hype flooding our society.

Neuroscience heeft veel nieuwe inzichten opgeleverd over de werking van onbewuste denkprocessen en invloeden op gedrag.