This little joke from Boing Boing reminded me about a little peeve I have with the modern neuroscience movement. Here is the problem:
If we are all wired to be these non-logical beings that have no free will or at least have no idea how we come to decisions regarding difficult problems, how can neuroscientists really help us? I mean, were they the only ones programmed to be logical?
Expand this little conundrum to politics. If the electorate really doesn’t know better and we need left-wing mommies to control our actions through taxes and subsidies, how do we know that these incentives are logical at all?
This is all the continuation of the classic questioning of relativism – if everything is relative, how can relativism be right?
Or putting it in a little Watchmen-like way: Who manipulates the manipulators?