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.”
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
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.”