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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Nov 21, Pandit rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s common to see colored-blob brain images in popular articles claiming that science has proven that this or that neurosciende behavior is rooted in the brain.

Earlier in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Freudianism posited that people were the products of unconscious conflicts and drives. Aug 13, Omar M.

Don’t worry, the men in lab coats are working on it. Neuroscience meuroscience indeed made remarkable progress in the understanding of brain structure and function.

Lilienfeld explain how such images are produced and what their limitations are. Feb 16, Andy rated it liked it. This book is valuable in its shedding light on the way scientific efforts are oversimplified in the media and are used to try to rationalize materialistic mindlesz positions. This is whose running it! The nicest thing I can say about this book is the narrator did a fantastic job and she was the only reason I finished listening to the whole book.

Review: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Mar 05, Daria rated it really liked it. This book puts it all together. There were lots of motivating factors, for one in Asia the drugs were cheap and helped them deal with the stress of war and once they learned they couldn’t come back home unless they were clean, they found the motivation to stop.

The authors speak of the danger of “neurodeterminism” Technology for studying the operation of the brain has been widely discussed in the media–as have those slides from f MRI functional magnetic resonance imaging that show certain parts of the brain “lighting up” in response to stimuli.


Lets say the amygdala shows more activity, then the researcher may say that Clinton stirs fear in us. So Richard Nixon demanded drug testing to be done and made it so no one could return to the States unless they passed. Satel and Lilienfeld take on a host of arenas in which unwarranted transgressions threaten to give neuroscience a bad name: Return to Book Page.

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

Jun 04, CarolynKost rated it it was ok. Some unexpected arguments for human freedom, responsibility, possibilities of change. On the other hand, the book uses the past, present and future of neuroscience for some impressive forays into philosophy and social analysis. Just add the word “therapy” to anything. Very basic content, not much extra. 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.

Both need to be considered important, to better understand human behavior and how we change. They’re right, a fMRI makes a lousy lie detector for all the reasons they say. Much media attention has focused on the neurosciences and the associated technology.

Jul 29, Jafar rated it liked it. Satel counters that these small samples were enveloped in larger demonstrations of free will.

Neuroscience is very young, and Wow, this mindlezs an excellent read. Sally Satel wrote a book, that was quite the counterbalance to the pop-neuroscience audiobooks I’ve listened to over the years.

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M A good corrective to the much hyped, and even over hyped, promises made by some for the future found in neuroscience. May 01, Jitse rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Moral agency can be understood without free will. I would recommend one of those instead of this book. Lilienfeld reveal how many of the real-world applications of human neuroscience gloss over its limitations and intricacies, at times obscuring—rather than clarifying—the myriad factors that shape our behavior and identities. Look, read a book before the year on consciousness and all you’ll get is some incoherent philosophical speculations on it’s real nature, but read a recent book on consciousness that includes neuroscience you’ll get a useful understanding.


The book could be summed up as: 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: You don’t need an MRI, duh. This shows that in many ways the disease model ultimately fails.

It doesn’t just serve one function, but many, so a speculative interpretation is required. Skinner, who sought to explain human behavior in terms of rewards and punishments.

Couldn’t keep my interest. This was alright, not the best book.

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 our iPhones, the sexual indiscretions of politicians, conservatives’ dismissal of global warming and even an obsession with self-tanning.

The authors raise a cautionary flag about the use of fMRI data in education, forensics, and commerce. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Jul 22, Gary rated it liked it. A good book that exposes the pseudoscience that can be found in neuroscience. Once this was announced, almost everyone just stopped using the drugs.

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It ventured too far into speculative philosophy. Feb 13, Jacob O’connor rated it really liked it. 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.