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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, July 19, 2010

"Neuroscience as a Passing Fad"

Steve Erickson at Crime and Consequences quotes UCLA psychiatrist Jeffery Schwartz:

[T]his vast output of neuroscience research over the last many years is largely a waste of money. Why? Because it doesn't really have any real world human application. Neuroscience is increasingly looking like a passing fad - at least in its current version. Until it changes to a form in which conscious attention has physiologic effects or has a dynamic causal role in how the brain functions, all this research is basically not applicable to anything that's particularly useful, and so the whole thing has been a gargantuan waste of money.

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