Source 151: The following quotes come from an opinion piece by Benjamin Y. Fong of the University of Chicago that was published in The New York Times Aug. 2013 at: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/bursting-the-neuro-utopian-bubble/?_r=0. These links may or may not still be operational; if it isn't, we may have redirected it to the WayBackMachine archive.
‘The real trouble with the Brain Initiative is...the instrumental approach...[such biological reduction is] intent on uncovering the organic “cause”…of mental problems…rather than looking into psychosocial factors…By humbly claiming ignorance about the “causes” of mental problems...neuroscientists unconsciously repress all that we know about the alienating, unequal, and dissatisfying world in which we live and the harmful effects it has on the psyche, thus unwittingly foreclosing’ the ability to ‘alleviate mental disorder’. To summarise what Fong has said here and elsewhere in his article, mechanistic, ‘reduction[ist]’ science’s ‘synthetic’ focus on the ‘organic’ rather than the ‘psychological’ nature of our problems can only end in denying humans ‘the possibility of self-transformation’
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