“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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“The functional neuroanatomy of science journalism”

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series 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 […]