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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May 25, Anthony Cleveland rated it really liked it. 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 neurosciemce iPhones, the sexual indiscretions of politicians, conservatives’ dismissal seductibe global warming and even an obsession with self-tanning.

See how addiction being a disease is not quite accurate? Nov 21, Holly rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve always been curious about the brainwashing system in cults, politics, religion, etc Just add the word “therapy” to anything.

Review: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

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. The test-subjects decided to participate. Jul 22, Gary rated it liked it. Sally Satel wrote a book, that was quite the counterbalance to the pop-neuroscience audiobooks I’ve listened to over the years.

Skinner, who sought to explain human behavior in terms of rewards and punishments. Asking the wrong questions of the brain, however, is at best a dead end and at worst a misappropriation of the mantle of science. Is neurodeterminism poised to become the next grand narrative of human behavior? 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: May 01, Jitse rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 29, John Martindale rated it it was amazing Shelves: Satel’s treatment is useful as far as it goes, but I would love to see a book like this take on the related area of sociobiology, which attempts to explain away all human behavior and experience with evolutionary just-so stories.

Very basic content, not much extra. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on morality and blame in a deterministic universe in chapter 6. Couldn’t keep my interest. You’ve seen the headlines: We need to proceed skeptically and understand that there is an astonishing complexity to the function of genes, the brain, and so much in our world, and that premature assertions of “decoding” merely reveal human hubris and do not necessitate that we apply them in such far-reaching ways.


Activiteit in specifieke hersengebieden kunnen meerdere oorzaken hebben en op verschillende dingen duiden. It showed that test-subjects had mental activity before being aware of making a decision.

Aug 14, Jane rated it really liked it.

Satel offers some great critiques and alternative interpretations of the data. Mindpess 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.

Lilienfeld explain how such images are produced and what their limitations are. And yet, among all this complexity, they can tell from a brain scan what you think about a political brainwashde, if you believe what’s being published as science journalism.

A great read for those new to the field, but not those who are literate in any neuro area. It’s common to see colored-blob brain images in popular articles claiming that science has proven that this or that human behavior is rooted in the brain.

And in this uncritical world, treatments for poor mental health are now as easy to find as causes. A well written book based upon the premise the application neeuroscience fMRI braihwashed testing has significant limitations regarding suspected correlations between brain function and mental process.

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Yeah, she had some excellent reflections on all of these things. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’ve been very dubious of brain imaging – or at least the claims people make while providing fMRI scans as ‘proof’.

Neurocriticism is itself an emerging field led by people like Neurocritic, James CoyneNeuroskeptic and other scientists who object to real neuroscience being diluted with false claims in the pursuit of pop-psychology headlines.

Neuroscience is very young, and many scientist seem all to eager to get rid of the whole psychological part of the picture, neglecting the fact that humans have a mind. And though their delineation of how popular thinkers have misused neuroscience seemed by and large accurate and necessary, I’m still waiting for a book that can put it all into perspective without the libertarian agenda.


The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. This book is similar to many other books I’ve read. I’ve listened and rated them. While they admit that neuroscience is a useful tool for understanding deliberation braknwashed possibly reshaping brainwasehd justice system, they rightfully point out that it is only one filter among others through which we should funnel our theories of justice and our conclusions about how to best mete it out.

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 brianwashed or capture the higher cognitive functions that come from those interactions. Their well-argumented resentment towards determinism and cartesian materialism in neuroscience which I share is also very appealing.

It’s not like your brain is locked into certain response patterns and there’s no changing connections.

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

Excellent popular scientific book which explains the limitations of neuroscience in a number of domains where our imagination and popular representation got ahead of the science. Aug 02, Gwen rated it it was ok.

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. Since fMRI—functional magnetic resonance imaging—was introduced in the early s, brain scans have been used to help politicians understand and manipulate voters, determine guilt in court cases, and make sense of everything from musical seeuctive to romantic love.

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Comfortably situated in the tradition of responsible skepticism, Brainwashed is a terrific example of scientific self-correction. This is not a religious book, but It’s funny how the roles of academia and religion have switched.

Nov 24, Kaitlin rated it liked it Shelves: This study undercuts the “once an addict, always an addict” mantra and the belief that seducttive is a chronic brain disease. Can’t explain life, consciousness, or free-will? This shows that in many ways the disease model ultimately fails. Science of the gaps.