nassim taleb and interdisciplinary arrogance
'Studying neurobiology to understand humans is like studying ink to understand literature'
it is really frustrating to read statements like these - by people who think science is unromantic, kills the magic and makes life lose its meaning.
Neurologists have so many amazing stories to share from their patients while neuroscientists have allowed philosophers to adopt new spins on the topic of human condition.
Take, for example, Tommy McHugh (and countless others) - after suffering a stroke, he was suddenly compelled to create paintings and poetry.
or, as mentioned by someone on facebook -
Kelli Williams It can be helpful as a control to mitigate human biases like prejudice though. And example would be Simon le Vay’s work in neurobiology related to sexual orientation. For example LeVay points out that gender variant brain wiring is often described as "masculinization". Variations are more likely to be seen as masculine in an androcentric society. It’s a social prejudice. Sociologists and psychologists dealing with gender and orientation have often been straight and cisgendered people who bring their biases to the topics, sometimes in harmful ways. Though science should not be considered infallible or superior it can at least disrupt social prejudices.