Tag Archives: Philosophy

On the Interpretation of Neuroscientific Findings

By now, many readers will know that I’m a devotee of Peter Hacker’s Wittgenstein-infused critique of neuroscientific research. I recently came across a podcast of a lecture that he gave on the topic and the corresponding YouTube video above. Here’s … Continue reading

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Cui bono

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings is a very interesting blog with articles and links relevant to what might be called popular neuroscience. As I’ve mentioned several times on this blog, however, one of my pet peeves with respect to some popular … Continue reading

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Nevada, Brain Death, and the AAN Guidelines–part 2

The last post discussed the first concern that the Nevada supreme court had regarding the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) guidelines on brain death–that they may not qualify as an “accepted medical standard” as required by the Uniform Determination of … Continue reading

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An Aristotelian Take on Brain Death

In a recent post, I summarized two opposing arguments over the concept of brain death. The minority view, (re-)articulated by Dr. Alan Shewmon in the context of the Jahi McMath case, is that the concept is philosophically incoherent. People with total … Continue reading

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Jahi McMath and the Philosophical Debate over Brain Death

Many readers will be familiar with the case of Jahi McMath. She was 13 years old in December, 2013 when admitted to a children’s hospital in Oakland, CA for tonsillectomy and other surgical interventions for obstructive sleep apnea. She recovered … Continue reading

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The Experience vs. the Explanation of Neurological Disease

  At the conclusion of stroke conference today, we watched a TED talk by Jill Bolte Taylor, the Harvard neuroanatomist who suffered a left hemispheric hemorrhage due to AVM rupture. She’s written a popular book about her experience of neurological deficit … Continue reading

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