Monday, March 21, 2011
Raymond Tallis on the metaphysical limitations of neuroscience - Transcurve | a place for Transhumanists
Raymond Tallis on the metaphysical limitations of neuroscience - Transcurve | a place for Transhumanists: "In a devastating critique Raymond Tallis exposes the exaggerated claims made for the ability of neuroscience and evolutionary theory to explain human consciousness, behaviour, culture and society, and shows that human beings are infinitely more interesting and complex than they appear in the mirror of biologism. Tallis argues that the rise of biologism is a matter of profound concern. He demonstrates that by denying human uniqueness, and minimising the differences between humans and their nearest animal kin, biologism misrepresents what we are, offering a grotesquely simplified and even degrading account of humanity, which has dire consequences: by seeing ourselves as animals we may find reasons for treating each other like them."