Great Piece on Evolutionary Denialism in Academics: Little Ado About Nuttin’

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From the blog – Why Evolution is True, a very well written piece on some faux controversy among some academics trying to pick at what is apparently politically/emotionally uncomfortable for them.

Take Away – 

“Let me say first that I’m a bit puzzled by the continual appearance of these “Does evolution need a revolution?” pieces. If our field really was undergoing a revolution, we wouldn’t have to debate it. I doubt, for instance, that when there was a genuine paradigm shift in physics—from classical to quantum mechanics—we saw many physicists writing “Does physics need a rethink?”  articles. The answer was obviously “yes.”

But even among those who see a paradigm shift in evolution, there’s nobody who sees anything like a complete overturning of our worldview, as happened when quantum mechanics appeared as a deeper and weirder supplement to classical mechanics.”

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The Zombie, UnDead Professions and Bodies of “Knowledge”: Economics/Finance, Philosophy, Biz/Finance, Law, the Humanities and Social Sciences

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The latest brain science has killed the dominant, and very old fashioned, professional and academic models of how behavior is caused making them obsolete and in need or total bottom-up reformulations. They are the walking dead and zombies of human knowledge and practice.  These ways of, supposdly, understanding human actions  are stumbling and fumbling without any “brains” (-science) to really inform their behavior, driven on the decaying  ideas of the past and attacking and consuming “living” activities making them undead as well.  Ugg

This analogy could be expanded and be fun but we’ll stop here, for now. lol

The medical facts are clear. There is no such thing as free will and behavior is “decided” in roughly 140-200 milliseconds. Continue reading

Stop Romanticizing Inherited Brain Disorders: Symptoms of Men with Childhood ADHD

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Men with childhood ADHD also had:

• lower educational levels (mean 2.5 less years)
• lower occupational achievement
• lower socioeconomic status
• lower social functioning
• higher divorce rates
• more incarcerations
• higher mortality

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ADHD is the “diabetes’ of psychiatry. It is a chronic disorder that must be managed every day to prevent the secondary harms it’s going to cause. There is no cure for this disorder…The vast majority of [childhood suffers] 2/3, will continue to be ADHD. They need to view it as “diabetes” of the brain. It is a chronic disorder.” Dr. Russ Barker

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“In the marketplace, and in our pilot study, consumers say that they want more novelty when in fact their choices suggest they do not.”

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“We don’t like unfamiliar music, even though we claim we do…New research shows that although consumers say they prefer to listen to unfamiliar music, their choices actually belie that preference. Continue reading

“To date, there is little evidence that playing brain games improves underlying broad cognitive abilities, or that it enables one to better navigate a complex realm of everyday life”

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This is a great review of the brain training claims and studies, from Stanford.

“In summary: We object to the claim that brain games offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline when there is no compelling scientific evidence to date that they do. The promise of a magic bullet detracts from the best evidence to date, which is that cognitive health in old age reflects the long-term effects of healthy, engaged lifestyles. In the judgment of the signatories, exaggerated and misleading claims exploit the anxiety of older adults about impending cognitive decline. We encourage continued careful research and validation in this field.”