Saturday, November 24, 2012
Meet the "neuro doubters" ...
... and count me among their sympathizers.
What is a neuro doubter? The New York Times explains:
The neuro doubter may like neuroscience but does not like what he ... considers its bastardization by glib, sometimes ill-informed, popularizers.Alissa Quart goes on to applaud the neuro doubters:
As a journalist and cultural critic, I applaud the backlash against what is sometimes called brain porn, which raises important questions about this reductionist, sloppy thinking and our willingness to accept seemingly neuroscientific explanations for, well, nearly everything.Quart is on the right track, especially regarding what this says about the state of our culture. I think she could go further, both in terms of which branch of science is being abused this way and in terms of why this is even possible. I'll leave it at that for now.
"When I say I'm thankful to man, I'm expressing reverence for Reason..." -- Michael Hurd, in "Thank the Human Spirit" at The Delaware Wave
"I'm not advocating any particular way to exchange gifts. What I am saying is that we have a choice." -- Michael Hurd, in "Stress-Free Giving" at The Delaware Coast Press
"While these facts suggest that it may be a prudent decision for an individual to purchase health insurance or firms to offer health insurance as an employment perk, there is no justification for the government to nullify individual rights by forcing individuals to provide for the healthcare of others--irrespective of the effect on the national economy." -- Amesh Adalja, in "Want To Fix Healthcare? Acknowledge That It's the Responsibility Of the Individual" at Forbes
My Two Cents
Michael Hurd uses Yankee Swap (aka Dirty Santa) as an example in his column about alternatives to traditional gift-giving. My family started that years ago for the very reasons he cites and I have always appreciated the reduction in shopping stress, not to mention the time and money this has saved me.
Just because it is (or has been) on Google Maps and in major atlases doesn't make it so: "South Pacific Sandy Island 'Proven Not to Exist'".