A doctor writes: why most of the Brainy stuff is nonsense

Posted by on Apr 17, 2008 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Brain

Hat tip to Sair.

Great piece in the Times on why claims made for the application of neuroscience to literature are more than a bit premature and at best foolish.

Anyone thinking of using scanning or EEGs or some other tool from the labs, please note.

You’re looking in the wrong place, through the wrong lens and mistaking a white coat for insight. Not least because we are – at heart – HERD creatures and not isolated and independent biocomputers.

“For the extraordinary thing about human beings – and what captures what is human – is that they transcend their bodies; that human experience is not solitary sentience but has a public face; it belongs to a community of minds”

Now, let’s not have any more of this nonsense, please

Thank you for your attention