Category Archives: Brain

The Problem with Neuroscience

Neuroscience has made little headway on the problems that matter most: How do you explain diversity in temperament? How are decisions made in the brain? How are emotions implemented – in the amygdala – e.g. reading their instructions from junk DNA, and leveraging learned behaviors to further our innate drives? Instead, neuroscience focuses on the… Read More »

The (Real) Third Way

With the debate over Affirmative Action going to the Supreme Court, most people believe there are only two possible outcomes: The court overturns Affirmative Action because people should be judged as individuals, not as members of an ethnic or racial group, or The court upholds Affirmative Action because otherwise certain ethnic and racial groups would… Read More »

Alternative theory of brain function

John Adams, the second president of the United States, was a man full of anxieties, vanities, narcissistic traits, and personal grudges and vendettas.  Let’s pick one of his traits for study: narcissism. Not everyone is vain and narcissistic, which brings us to our first observation: Not everyone expresses all human traits.  Extreme narcissism, as we… Read More »

How concepts are represented in the brain

I’m shocked at how little progress has been made in the past 3 decades to understand how the brain is organized at a conceptual level. At best, we’re shown glowing MRI scans of brain regions that are supposed to tell us something. They’re correlated with cognitive states and differences in human preferences, temperament and personality, but no… Read More »