Aristotle on the Spectrum

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversityby steve silbermanavery, 560 pages, $19The alleged link between vaccination and autism has been thoroughly studied and debunked, but its appeal is understandable. The symptoms of autism typically begin to appear around the same age . . . . Continue Reading »

An Open Mind?

Examining the complex functioning of a human brain as it lay exposed on an operating table can be a heady experience. Wonder, however, can easily lead to a kind of philosophical vertigo. This was evident in a recent essay in the New York Times written by Karl Ove Knausgaard. The famous Norwegian . . . . Continue Reading »

Epistemological Poker is a Loser’s Game

I’ll confess to being a little bit dissatisfied both by Helen’s latest screed contra statistics and by Prof. Kenneally’s argument that science improperly understood ignores the qualities of our lived experience . Both have managed to say a lot of true things but neither, in my . . . . Continue Reading »

Science, Faith, and the Limits of Reason

    "At the time and in the country in which the present study was written, it was granted by everyone except backward people that the Jewish faith had not been refuted by science or by history . . . . [O]ne could grant to science and history everything they seem to teach . . . . Continue Reading »

Reducing reductionism

Jumping up and down eagerly, I’d like to point you to Ivan Kenneally’s article on neuroscience and the soul . Ivan blogged about it previously here . I may be horribly misreading the article, but it seems to me that the problem lies more in reductionist accounts of human experience . . . . Continue Reading »