Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Gold & Stoljar: A neuron doctrine

The logic of interests in neuroscience

Leslie Brothers a1
a1 Division of Psychiatry, UCLA-Sepulveda VA Medical Center, Sepulveda, CA 91343


Logical problems inherent in claims that biological neuroscience can ultimately explain mind are not anomalous: They result from underlying social interests. Neuroscientists are currently making a successful bid to fill a vacuum of authority created by the demise of Freudian theory in popular culture. The conflations described in the Gold & Stoljar target article are the result of alliances between certain apologist-philosophers, neuroscientists, and institutions, for the purpose of commanding authority and resources. Social analysis has a role to play in addressing logical issues in the philosophy of neuroscience.