COLUMN: The end of neuroscience

It might seem ridiculous to suggest the budding field of neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, is no longer capable of progress. Indeed, no one will explicitly tell you this is true. However, when you take a closer look, there’s some truth to it. Neuroscience has excited us with the idea that studying the brain can tell us many things about ourselves. But the research in neuroscience hasn’t lived up to those expectations. We still don’t know much about the brain, and some have cast doubt on many neuroscientific research techniques. Some have grown impatient and even come to believe progress in neuroscience has stopped. This excitement and confusion in neuroscience has affected two distinct groups of people. The first of these is people falling for the nonsensical, commercial…


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