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“War over the brain”

“War over the brain”

Amanda Gefter wrote in New Scientist on October, 22, Could the next battleground in the ID movement’s war on science be the brain? [Link: Creationists declare war over the brain – brain – 22 October 2008 – New Scientist] Some key excerpts: The article is riddled with words like “worry,” “attack,” “war,” “threat.” Gefter tried to make it seem such language comes from the non-material side primarily, but the effect of it all on materialist scientists shows clearly. Clearly, while…

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Mind and Brain: Philosophy or Science?

Mind and Brain: Philosophy or Science?

Denyse O’Leary was the co-author (with Dr. Mario Beauregard) of a book on mind and brain I reviewed in the April issue of Touchstone magazine: The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul. Beauregard has published research (see links from here) challenging some neuroscientists’ view that spiritual experiences can be explained through physical brain science alone, and this book covers his work while also challenging those other scientists’ conclusions, and even their often-questionable research methods. A…

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“Unconscious decisions in the brain”

“Unconscious decisions in the brain”

A new study just reported from Germany concludes that “Already several seconds before we consciously make a decision its outcome can be predicted from unconscious activity in the brain…. The decision could not be predicted perfectly, but prediction was clearly above chance. This suggests that the decision is unconsciously prepared ahead of time but the final decision might still be reversible.” This echoes a previous study by Benjamin Libet, which had similar results though with a shorter time interval. Many…

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“The functional neuroanatomy of science journalism”

“The functional neuroanatomy of science journalism”

Language Log takes frequent note of strange things science journalists say. Their most recent is about the neuroscience of mothers watching children in distress. Here is part of what LL’s Mark Liberman’s had to say: It’s rhetorically interesting that Ms. Parker-Pope takes the existence of brain differences observed by fMRI as evidence that the reactions in question are “hard-wired”, i.e. innate. No doubt the ability to recognize one’s children and the impulse to empathize with them have a substantial evolved…

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“Science of the Soul? ‘I Think, Therefore I Am’ Is Losing Force”–NY Times

“Science of the Soul? ‘I Think, Therefore I Am’ Is Losing Force”–NY Times

The New York Times yesterday published a full-scale assault on the Biblical understandings of mankind being created in the image of God. Their basis for this seems similar to that of a Washington Post article I wrote about not long ago. The science reported in the Times article is rather vague: it amounts to conclusions pronounced by authorities, without much supporting evidence presented. Therefore a clearly stated response is also difficult to make. The heart of it seems to be…

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