Neuromania? The possibilities and pitfalls of our fascination with brains

In this great talk, Raymond Tallis, perhaps our last genuine polymath – check out his website and career if you think we’re exaggerating – draws a distinction between neuroscience and neuromania. While he’s all in favour of the former, which given his distinguished medical career is perhaps not a surprise, he’s overtly hostile to the latter: the obsessive exaggeration of the centrality of neuroscience in explaining human nature. Effortlessly combining the roles of philosopher and clinician, he comprehensively and authoritatively takes apart the lacklustre philosophy of science, as well as the science itself, underpinning the current craze for neuromania.

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