9780465018772

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465018772

  • ISBN10:

    0465018777

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/1/2013
  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS

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Summary

In recent years, the advent of MRI technology seems to have unlocked the secrets of the human mind, revealing the sources of our deepest desires, intentions, and fears. As renowned psychiatrist and scholar Sally Satel and psychologist Scott O. Lilienfeld demonstrate in Brainwashed, however, the explanatory power of brain scans in particular and neuroscience more generally has been vastly overestimated. Although acknowledging its tremendous potential, the authors argue that the overzealous application of the burgeoning field of brain science has put innocent people in jail, prevented addicts from healing themselves, and undermined notions of free will and responsibility. A provocative challenge to the use and abuse of a seductive science, Brainwashedoffers an essential corrective to determinist explanations of human behavior.

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