The good news is that facts are a lot more accessible with the web. But our brains hate facts that contradict our beliefs and magical thinking. There is an immediate fear response – fight and flight and freeze. If we are talking about behavior, the best facts come from brain science.
“…atheists don’t kill each other over differences in what we think our favorite deity wants us to do.” We don’t know if religious speakers do either. With all the “no free will research” – probably not. This is scientifically irresponsible to claim:…”One of the biggest threats to our planet now is religion, particularly the extreme […]
The human cultural myth of a brain or “mind”, really just everyday language statements – mainly in academic English, is dominated by imaginary things. No less imaginary is the sense of self and the primacy of subjective, experience, consciousness, free will, emotions, etc. Brain science is debunking these magical folk ideas at an increasing pace.
The term “science” is just a naive and pop journalistic idea and term, cultural trope used to call out really just evidence-based research and knowledge. Philosophers, who deal only with pop cultural ideas, terms and love name calling or labeling have jumped all over this for decades, including the work og Kuhn, which is apparently […]
In adult patients with various neuropsychiatric disorders, childhood abuse including sexual and/or physical abuse and neglect, is one of the most serious causes. Adverse experiences occurring during critical periods of development, such as perinatal life, harmfully influence behavior, and physiological functions, including growth, metabolism, reproduction, and immune responses. Stressful environments in early life may […]
So, far there is nothing related to the brain and behavior that requires the positing of consciousness nor angels, or gods, or anything else or that subjective experience is meaningful. Consciousness is only needed to explain language, but that is circular since there is no definition of consciousness that does not require cognition be presumed.