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Bouh at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk Bouh at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Mon Oct 18 10:23:57 EST 2004

But behavior is just a reference system like any other one. The fact
that you BELIEVE in it makes your comments worth less than a scientist
who would try to build scientific (and so, falsifiable) theories in
the astrology field.


On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 08:52:55 -0400, "Glen M. Sizemore"
<gmsizemore2 at yahoo.com> wrote:

>No, it is time to revitalize the philosophy that holds that behavior is the
>proper subject matter of psychology (not events that are said to be
>"operationally defined" by behavior), and that once you know what real
>behavioral processes are, you might be able to find out how they are
>mediated by physiology.
>"Matthew Kirkcaldie" <m.kirkcaldie at removethis.unsw.edu.au> wrote in message
>news:m.kirkcaldie-49861F.12264017102004 at tomahawk.comms.unsw.edu.au...
>> In article <73+1ikCOsPcBFwrM at longley.demon.co.uk>,
>>  David Longley <David at longley.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>> > The extent of the
>> > mythology created by "the decade of the brain" and its funding over the
>> > past decade is both staggering and worrying. "Cognitive neuroscience"
>> > (which isn't a soft-science but pseudo-science for reasons I've tried to
>> > explain elsewhere) is metaphysics and is having pernicious consequences
>> > through shaping public policies in areas where it has absolutely nothing
>> > to contribute (e.g education) over traditional, more conservative
>> > practices. Market forces are more likely to drive out conservative,
>> > realistic scientific practices as the latter are far less popular,
>> > "promising" and "comprehensible" to the majority. The problem is wider
>> > than science of course.
>> Those words give me a chill of recognition - after all, who needs to do
>> the expensive work of *understanding* anything, if we can look at a
>> pretty picture and pretend we know?
>> My wife works in speech pathology and has often come away from
>> "professional development" sessions, open-mouthed at the kind of rubbish
>> being pushed because "brain research" says it's true.  Her colleagues
>> have been a little suspicious of her when she actually seeks out
>> evidence before forming an opinion.
>> Maybe it's time for a revival of vitalism.
>>       Cheers,
>>          MK.

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