EdgeWise 21.6.2003

2003-06-21

Economic studies using Brain Imaging

So much of our decisions and institutions are predicated on particular understandings of human nature. That those understandings of human nature are at best primitive leads those decisions and institutions to be severely flawed.

Well, apparently E. O. Wilson was right, and there is a convergence amongst the hard sciences and the supersitious voodoos...er... soft sciences. (By the way, Wilson's Consilience was an excellent book) If even economics has awakened to the possibility, then we may be on track to a wise society after all. Imagine an economic system that actually promotes the long-term public good over short term self-interest. Better than Sweden, I mean.
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Savant for a Day

Wacky. This guy is making people temporary savants by shutting down other parts of the brain. Personally, I'd like to be able to do amazing mental feats and still be able to tie my shoes.
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