The Myth of the Brain

By Neuroskeptic | May 11, 2016 2:28 am

Can neuroscience really make us smarter, richer and sexier?

In recent years the brain has become a cultural icon. We’ve started looking to neuroscience to answer all kinds of personal and social questions – and solve all kinds of everyday problems. It seems like wherever you turn you’ll find someone claiming that neuroscience can help us to understand the world better and achieve more.

In my new YouTube video The Myth of the Brain, I explain why 99% of these claims are rubbish.

For more of my thoughts on this topic, and on the philosophical roots of the recent trend for neuro-hype, see How to Avoid Neurohype and The Astonishing Brain.

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  • Rob MacLachlan

    You need to get a better microphone setup or stop moving around our or something. Or maybe compression artifacts? The sound quality keeps changing.

    • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/ Neuroskeptic

      Damn… I thought I’d solved the audio problems that affected my first video but I guess there’s more work to do. I need a better microphone

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  • OWilson

    I’m sure that techniques can be learned and applied, to increase one’s intellect and or memory, but like with IT and cosmetic surgery, are you becoming more effective, or just keeping up with the crowd?

    The term “smarter” is just a relative term and would only apply if you and you alone possessed the internet and email, and younger looking if only you had the ability to dye you hair and fix your teeth :)

    In this society we are constantly running against the wind, and dancing as fast as we can, just to keep up!

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  • Kathryn Cajas

    Tell me why people are voting for Trump! 😂 Darn you super smart people, good for nothing. 😒

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