Cast neural net wider

June 13, 2013

Regarding “Neuron firing and hiring” (Opinion, 30 May). There is much to be learned from neuroscience, although the danger lies in extracting bits of information and extrapolating from them as if they imply the whole (much like the blind men and the elephant).

Many neuroscience advocates (particularly in the management consulting business rather than the scientists themselves) view all that they see through this rather reductionist lens. They make pronouncements disregarding the weight of evidence and practice that preceded them. It is as if the word “neuroscience” now suffices to grant newfound credibility to all that falls within its orbit.

Eugene Fernandez

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