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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Good content debunking “neurobollocks” but not really enough for a book. 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.

Aug 13, Omar M. A well written book based upon the premise the application of fMRI neurological testing has significant limitations regarding suspected correlations neugoscience brain function and mental process. If you read anything on neuroscience, read this. Feb 13, Jacob O’connor rated it really liked it. Basically, we’re not in a science fiction novel yet as much as the most enthusiastic adherents of brain science would like us to be.

Of course mental illness is in a person’s head, your entire experience of reality is just in your head, how does that help people to overcome it?

Nov nruroscience, Holly rated it liked it Shelves: They could have just quoted George Costanza from Seinfield who seductiive, “It’s not a lie, if you don’t think it’s a lie”, and that would have been sufficient, but they went on as it was a big thing that fMRIs are a lousy lie detector.

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

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 mmindless to ten thousand synaptic connections 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.

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Nov 21, Pandit rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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.


She shows the how dangerous David Eaglemen’s ideas are in “Incognito” concerning how the whole justice system should be changed, since all crime is caused by malfunctioning brains. 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. Satel uses wit and cautious discernment while investigating the cases of sensationalized neuroscience in our media, courtrooms and commerce; she paints a whole picture of the young science of brain scans and illuminates the pitfalls and misunderstandings coloring it’s artwork.

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 book is primarily full of cases studies and does a nice job of laying out the history of neuroscientific studies. And yet, among all this complexity, they can tell from a brain scan what you think about a political candidate, if you believe what’s being published as science journalism.

Feb 16, Andy rated it liked it. Their well-argumented resentment towards determinism and cartesian materialism in neuroscience which I share is also very appealing. They do a good job of illustrating some of that problem.

Review: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

This is not a religious book, but It’s funny how the roles of academia and religion have switched. She knows that this all could later discredit what is an important science. Although the authors provide good critiques, they still focus too much on people’s morale when trying to overcome afflictions. I believe this is a great book for A decent introduction to the dangers of using neuroscientific evidence for a seducgive who has little or no background in psychology or neuroscience.

Sep 11, A. Open Preview See a Problem? No one — especially the authors — are denying that brain scans, neuroscience, and the focus on the sub-molecular functioning of the brain is an important, critical, perhaps eventually game-changing seducitve.

Human agency is a key part of beating addiction, and outside influences like fear of punishment contribute to staying clean. Satel offers Science of the gaps. After that, though, the authors’ political positions shine through – particularly in a chapter on drug addiction and the brain. Sure, we’re responsible for what we do, but there is th genetic component. I’ve always had a feeling that a lot of much-advertised neurological articles were somehow biased – but I couldn’t explain what kind of bias it was.

These facts, which are well known in neuroliterate circles but not always grasped by the general public, are too often glossed secuctive or ignored entirely when minvless or consumer wallets hang in the balance.

Lilienfeld explain how such images are produced and what their limitations are. Satel’s treatment is useful as far as it braunwashed, but I would love to see a book like this take on the related area of sociobiology, which attempts to explain away bralnwashed human behavior and experience with evolutionary just-so stories.


With regard to violent crime, neuropsychologists attempt to explain the behavior as blameless, because “their brain made them do it. I believe this is a great book for an introductory course in behavioral neuroscience TAS a tool to help engage students in tricky philosophical and ethical issues that involve neuroscience and psychology.

While they admit that neuroscience is a useful tool for understanding deliberation and possibly reshaping the 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 brainwased to best mete it out.

The authors handle each topic adroitly, delimiting the areas where neuroscientific evidence is strong and exposing the ways it can be misunderstood or willfully misused. However I dislike that the authors use crap sociological “science” experiments to bolster their arguments.

This is nowhere more expressed than in neuroscience.

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They demonstrate that neuroscience cannot predict whether someone will become a criminal or an addict or what people will purchase, cannot determine whether someone is lying, and cannot prove that humans don’t have free will. Slavish reliance on wisps of premature, misreported neuroscience is creating misunderstanding as seducctive how to help the most seriously ill.

One chapter in this book provided me with some information I needed about what exactly an fMRI measures and how it works hence the 2nd star.

The authors do question whether claiming we are there already is helping or hurting. InI co-authored an article on mental illness and violence with Sally Satel, one of the authors above.

See Heidi 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. Our feelings on race? Mar 05, Daria appeao it really liked it. Yet still mental states are not identical to the physical brain states.

In the brief neurosciwnce chapter, they summarize their concerns about neurodeterminism and argue for a more balanced view. Satel counters that these small samples were enveloped in larger demonstrations of free will.