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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It comes down to science of the gaps. The problem is though the amygdala does indeed light up when one is afraid, it also lights up in several other occasions, it could mean a number of things. Apr 30, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Comfortably situated in the tradition of responsible skepticism, Brainwashed is a terrific example of scientific self-correction.

In this respect it works well, offering a measured view of how far we’ve come in our understanding of the human brain and, more important, how far we still need to go.

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See Mindess 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That doesn’t just cause mental illness, it is a mental illness.

My discovery of neuroscience played no small part in reshaping my identity during the latter part of my undergraduate education, and the field continues to influence my ideas about who I am and how I should interact with the world.

The Disease model has been pushed to far, one needs a holistic approach. View all 3 comments. The Enlightenment has left a wonderful legacy in the scientific method, but scientists do a grave disservice when they overreach their boundaries, and this is a prime example.

Jun 04, CarolynKost appela it it was ok. Audible has way better books on the topics covered in this book. Preview — Brainwashed mindlesd Sally L. They raise questions about the variety of linkages proposed and urge caution. Once back in the states, the fear of arrest, the high price of heroine and the shady drug culture didn’t seem worth the risk, so most just transitioned back into ordinary life.

I particularly enjoyed the discussion on morality neurosciencce blame in a deterministic universe in chapter 6. Science has a long way to go to reaching its social reputation. A healthy dose of skepticism towards all the neuro-hype flooding our society. A decent introduction to the dangers of using neuroscientific evidence for a reader who has little or no background in psychology or neuroscience.


For instance, she explains the different techniques used to gather brainwashd neatly colored brain scan pictures, between fMRI, PET and ECG, and, with A healthy dose of skepticism towards all the neuro-hype flooding our society. 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 politicians, conservatives’ dismissal of global warming and even an obsession with self-tanning.

The authors seemed to completely ignore the factor that genetics play. 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 ghe general seduuctive a rewarding read that offers some admirable balance in its perspective of a minsless emerging discipline.

A great appsal for those new to the field, but not those who are literate in any neuro area.

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally L. Satel

It just isn’t so. This is whose running it! Brainwaashed basic content, not much extra. I believe plasticity was mentioned in the first chapter though not really expanded upon and I feel that going into more particular detail about how the brain can brainawshed processes would have contributed more to the book, particularly in the chapter about addiction. 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.

Many of the book’s conclusions weren’t new to me, but I found it well-organized with fascinating studies and examples. On the other hand, the book uses the neurosciience, present and future of neuroscience for some impressive forays into philosophy and social analysis.

Review: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

This is unfortunate, and lazy. Yeah, she had some excellent reflections on all of these things. I’ve always been curious about the brainwashing system in cults, politics, religion, etc Science of the gaps. They’re right, a fMRI makes a lousy lie detector for all the reasons they say. The text is accessible and brief, but not at the expense of clarity and nuance.

The nicest thing I can say about this book is the narrator did a fantastic job and she was the only reason I finished listening to the whole book. In continually invoking phrenology and other quaint pseudoscientific beliefs, these authors rightly show how fMRIs, PET scans and EEGs can be used to make some pretty baseless and fantastical claims about human behavior.


The philosophical problems with naturalism are well-attested, but what about the science? Is neurodeterminism poised to become the next grand narrative of human behavior? 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 neurscience media swallowing up the hype and spreading nonsense.

The problem they identify has real consequence. These facts, which are well known in neuroliterate circles but not always grasped by the general public, are too often glossed over or ignored entirely when funding or consumer wallets hang in the balance. On the one hand, the book serves to debunk prevalent ideas about how brain scans can illuminate our personalities, political preferences, susceptibility to advertising, proneness to addiction and even culpability in crimes we’ve committed.

Nov 21, Pandit rated it really liked it Shelves: The mindlsss would have told a much more interesting story if they would have considered all perspectives instead of just their narrow biases.

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.

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 authors of this book have a valid point in that these days every emotion and thought and act is being wrongly associated with a brain activity pattern in an fMRI scan.

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