“Neuroscience has recently reached out to many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. For instance, the integration of neuroscience and economics formed the novel discipline of neuroeconomics, which models human decision-making processes in financial contexts. Various other hybrid disciplines are marked by the prefix “Neuro,” including “Neurolinguistics,” “Neurotheology,” and “Neuropsychoanalysis.” Despite their different origins and contexts, these novel disciplines all share their interest in the brain as the potential origin and “locus” of the phenomena they target. What makes various human phenomena possible and why do they appear in their specific gestalt?”
from “Humans, Brains, and Their Environment: Marriage between Neuroscience and Anthropology?”
“I react to translational neuroscience like I react to evidence-based medicine, measurement-based care, personalized medicine, etc. They are all terms that have real meanings, but they’re used as code words to certify this or that endeavor. Translational Neuroscience is the one that bothers me the most. It begins with the notion is that there is an epidemic of mental illness afoot and that our current medications aren’t adequate to stem the tide, ergo we need new medicines pronto, ergo we need to speed up drug development. I question that there is an epidemic of mental illness. And those inadequate medications are the same ones these same people have been telling us are the best thing since white bread for the last twenty-five years. We don’t know which mental illnesses are biologic, or which ones will respond to any medications, or even have any new pharmacologic strategies that will treat mental illness, definitively or symptomatically. And the issue of potential toxicity isn’t mentioned. I would propose that the frenzy underlying Translational Neuroscience has other roots – keeping the pharmaceutical heyday alive, keeping the neuroscience community and its revolution afloat, etc. To me, Translational Neuroscience represents one of medicine’s biggest pitfalls – therapeutic zeal – the very danger underlying the Hippocratic Oath. It’s a dangerous path, not the “one clear path to” anywhere…”
from 1 boring old man
“poltergists make up the principal type of spontainious material manifestation”
My take-translational neuroscience is going to discredit itself ..much like the APA with the DSM-5. In order to keep the pure science seperate from so many conflicts of intrest we are going to have to slow way down.