During most of the last century, the consensus was that brain structure was pretty much set, fixed and immutable after some specified period of childhood development. More recent research, however, shows that experience changes not just brain structure or anatomy but also the functional organization or physiology of the brain. And this reorganization is what people mean by “neuroplasticity.”
The last fifteen to twenty years have witnessed a lot of talk about “neuroplasticity”—the idea that we can “rewire” our brains. The very idea has spawned a new kind of industry, the “neuro-industry.” From neuroeconomics, neurocriticism, and neurotheology, to neuromagic and neuromarketing, “neuro” sells books and seminars. But the way that findings in contemporary neuroscience are routinely applied to issues for which they were never meant to serve leads some to refer to the whole “neuro-this-that-and-the-other-thing” as nothing more than “neurobollocks.”
Never talk about politics and religion in polite company, they say. The polite can turn impolite on a dime. Good people are deeply divided by politics and religion—but why? Kyle Roberts reviews Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.
Christianity has a long scriptural and theological tradition of respect for human work. But it can be hard to find our own place in the broader value of work. Here are 3 steps from the psychology and theology of vocation to help you gain some perspective about the meaningfulness of your work—whether you think of it as a job, a career, a paycheck, or a chore.
Getting along through disagreement is never easy. Preserving the freedom to think and learn and grow comes with a cost. But what if the disagreement itself is valuable for us? What if the cost of freedom isn’t what we expect? And how can we all become the kinds of citizens who know how to disagree without it destroying us?
An interview with Alissa Wilkinson, by Justin McRoberts
When the esteemed academic and writer Marshall McLuhan got the first look at the cover of his new book, just back from the typesetter, a glaring typo stared back.
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