Nine Things A Journalist Should Never Write in a Neuroscience Listicle:

I want this laminated and hung.

Nucleus Ambiguous

1) “Your Brain is Hard-wired for…”

Brains don’t have hardware and software; it’s all one squishy mess where the “wiring” is constantly changed by the activity.

2) “Your Brain Made You Do It.”

Your brain is you and you are your brain. Mind/brain dualism had a certain charm in the Descartes’ time, but now has all the respectability of alchemy.

3) “Left Brain People are from Venus.”

Yes, if you surgically cut the connections between one side of the human brain and the other and do some sophisticated experimental tricks, you can find subtle differences. Does that say anything about everyday personality or learning? No.

4) “The Singularity is Nigh!”

Ray Kurzweil may know about computers, but as far as I can tell he knows fuck all about brains. Projections of that Skynet moment when Moore’s Law pushes machines past the complexity of human brains are based on that age-old…

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