What Is a Psychopath?

Psychopaths are uncaring people with shallow emotions who manipulate people with words. The neuroscience of psychopathy has made great strides in the past fifteen years in understanding how the their brains differ from those of normal people. These findings raise deeper questions about human nature and about what steps we might take to "correct" psychopathic individuals.

Why Creationists Should Not Fly on Airplanes

Creationists only intend to disagree with a branch of biology, but because of the massive interconnectedness of science, they are actually disagreeing with a huge portion of contemporary science. Science is also thoroughly interconnected with technology, so that it is not coherent to doubt one and trust the other. Science also has a built in system of checks and balances.

Neuroaesthetics: Responding to the Critics

A new field of inquiry into art, called neuroaesthetics, has produced some strong responses from the art establishment. In this post, William Hirstein responds to seven of the most frequently made criticisms. These include the claims that neuroaesthetics is reductionist, that it cannot capture artistic creativity, and that it cannot explain the diversity of artworks.

Socratic Irony and Neuroscience

Why did the ancient philosopher Socrates so often employ irony, and what can it tell us about him, about the aging brain, about how we understand the minds of other people, and about the phenomenon of conscience? In this entry, recent discoveries in neuroscience are used to shed light on the mysterious behavior of history's most important philosopher.

Three Reasons to Pursue Neuroaesthetics

Despite skepticism from philosophers and the established artworld, the scientific study of how and why we respond to art is well underway. Called "neuroaesthetics", it promises to greatly increase our understanding of this vital yet mysterious human endeavor.