Though the article title is a bit over the top (you surprise me sometimes NPR), here are 2 great articles on something that is always on the mind of neuroimagers (and should always be).
“Some members of the public may appreciate the inferential leaps behind a neuroimage, but the details get pretty complicated pretty quickly, and popular science coverage rarely even hints at this complexity.
Instead, it could be that neuroimages – and neuroscience in general – are a battleground for warring intuitions. On the one hand, there’s a tendency towards reductionism that leads people to find concrete, spatially meaningful renderings of brain activity irresistibly real and objective in a way that beliefs and emotions and the other contents of mental life are not. On the other hand, we resist the idea that mental life is nothing more than a series of spatiotemporally…
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