Neuroscience: Under Attack

The New York Times:

This fall, science writers have made sport of yet another instance of bad neuroscience. The culprit this time is Naomi Wolf; her new book, “Vagina,” has been roundly drubbed for misrepresenting the brain and neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin.

Earlier in the year, Chris Mooney raised similar ire with the book “The Republican Brain,” which claims that Republicans are genetically different from — and, many readers deduced, lesser to — Democrats. “If Mooney’s argument sounds familiar to you, it should,” scoffed two science writers. “It’s called ‘eugenics,’ and it was based on the belief that some humans are genetically inferior.”

Sharp words from disapproving science writers are but the tip of the hippocampus: today’s pop neuroscience, coarsened for mass audiences, is under a much larger attack.

Meet the “neuro doubters.” The neuro doubter may like neuroscience but does not like what he or she considers its bastardization by glib, sometimes ill-informed, popularizers.

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Do you ever have trouble focusing your attention on—oh look! A new Facebook friend request! Thanksgiving food requests, oh yes. Better check out that recipe finder before Turkey Day.

Wait, what were we saying?

Read more: http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/daydreaming-linked-shorter-telomeres#ixzz2DR1OqDu6

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