March 30, 2010

One Must Imagine Liberman Happy

Back in the day, when the blogs were young, one of the gods decided to travel the world incognito as an incoherent mumbler. A certain phonologist regarded this as an imposition, and devised a scheme whereby mortals would never have to worship incomprehensibilities. This angered the gods, who cursed the professor to spend eternity rolling a stone uphill only to keep having it fall back down patiently debunking reactionary appropriations of neuroscience as carefully as though they were actual attempts to advance human knowledge, and not meretricious myth-making. (An incomplete sampling of episodes, in no particular order except for the first being the most recent: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40). But one must imagine Liberman happy; the alternative is too terrible to contemplate.

Minds, Brains and Neurons; The Natural Science of the Human Species; Learned Folly

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