How To Avoid Neurohype

I’ve got a new article over at the Daily Dot: Why we’re living in an era of neuroscience hype. Check it out! Here’s a few additional thoughts on the rhetorical use of neuroscience. The root cause of neurohype, as I say in the new post (and as I’ve argued before) is a philosophcial one: We seem prone to a mind-brain dualism, thinking that the mind is something soft, malleable, and mysterious, whereas the brain is a hard, biological thing open to scientific probing. Therefore, we feel that if we can reframe a “mind” problem as a “brain” problem, then by doing so we’re already halfway to finding a solution. This dualism leads us to be vulnernable to ‘neuro’-rhetoric: ways of talking that make use of neuroscience terminology even when this…


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