Pleasure and emotion

Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE Hon FRCP, Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology, Lincoln College, Oxford University presen…

La Life’s insight:

After what is a rather sane and semantically careful talk, Baronness Greenfield here lapses rather egregiously into self-serving biased interpretation.

From interesting remarks about neuron assemblies and how they get used by the brain, she ends up peddling a worldview of ‘deep thought" and ‘ "meaning" ‘ (the term is actually between quotes – why?) being signs of clinical depression, whereas mindlessly seeking cognitive paucity through ecstasy and dance music would be, I don’t know how to interpret otherwise what she’s saying, a sign of mental health.

This is where these neuro-folks (but it’s the case of most scientists, because they are human after all) have a real problem: they don’t understand whence they are speaking from. They legitimately can (and maybe should?) have professional views about the nature of knowledge and truth and such, to frame and check their empirical work and conclusions. But to bring to their interpretation of empirical data their own biases, and smuggle them in unannounced, of what constitutes a good fun life vs. a bad depressed ‘deep-thinking’ life is pretty awful, albeit common…

from A quoi sert la connaissance ? What is knowledge for? |


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