The Blind Spot of Neuroscience
AbstractNeuroscientists and biologists play a trick on themselves: they turn their subject of study into an object, while pretending they are not there. Such self-induced amnesia provides a convenient approach to the study of life and mind that, paradoxically, defeats its purpose. Here I argue that the notion of pure objectivity is a pervasive and pernicious form of naïve anthropomorphism. In treating subjects as objects (including ourselves), we pretend to erect “a view from nowhere”. I discuss how perception, through the lens of magic and artificial intelligence, reveals its subjective nature. We are an inextricable part of the phenomena we study. Lived experience is the very condition of scientific intelligibility.
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