I was really enjoying this article until I read the last three sentences. They turn a well-deserved criticism of Al-Rodhan into a strawman attack on neuroscience. How can Al-Rodhan, a virtual unknown, be taken as an example of how neuroscience can be applied to philosophy? Good counter-examples abound. Take Daniel Dennet's excellent book “Consciousness Explained”, a good example of how a philosopher can productively use neuroscience. And if you are going to attack Patricia Churchland (another famous philosopher) you ought to be a bit more specific, don’t you think? You cite Antonio Damasio, who is in fact a good example of how much neuroscience can teach us about the human mind. Another neuroscientist, Michael Gazzaniga, wrote two excellent books exploring the intersection of neuroscience, psychology and philosophy: “Human” and “Who is in charge?”. Really, those last sentences make you come across as a philosophy chauvinist. I know that you are much better than that. Do you really want to add fire to the culture war between science and philosophy?

UCLA professor. Neuroscientist doing research on pain. Writes about science, philosophy, politics and kinky sex. https://sexsciencespirit.blogspot.com/

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