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By Melissa M. Littlefield

The Neuroscientific flip brings jointly 19 students from various fields to mirror at the grants of and demanding situations dealing with emergent "neurodisciplines" corresponding to neuroethics, neuroeconomics, and neurohistory. within the aftermath of the last decade of the mind, neuroscience has develop into one of many most well liked issues of study—not just for scientists but additionally, more and more, for students from the arts and social sciences. whereas the preferred press has at the same time lauded and loathed the arriving "neurorevolution," the academy has but to voice any collective speculations approximately even if there's any coherence to this neuroscientific flip; what this flip will and may produce; and what implications it has for inter- or transdisciplinary inquiry.

Melissa M. Littlefield and Jenell M. Johnson supply an preliminary framework for this most modern of "turns" by means of bringing jointly 14 unique essays through students from the arts, social sciences, and neurosciences. The ensuing assortment will attract neuroscientists taken with their colleagues' curiosity of their paintings; students and scholars either in verified neurodisciplines and in disciplines reminiscent of sociology or English brooding about approximately easy methods to practice neuroscience findings to their domestic disciplines; and to technology, expertise, and society students and scholars drawn to the jobs of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity within the development of information.

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Marks discusses the recent application of neuroscience in national security policy as a translation that demands “some difficult questions that explore the kinds of neuroscience research that are being funded and address the broader context in which that research takes place” (11). The project of “critical neuroscience” is spearheaded by Suparna Choudhury, Saskia Nagel, and Jan Slaby; we will discuss their work later in the introduction. As this book was going to press, we had the opportunity to meet with these and other Critical Neuroscience Scholars at the “Neuro-­Reality Check” workshop sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (Dec.

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One 40 • Th e N e ur o s c i e n t i fi c T u r n of those to take it seriously was English mesmerist Robert Collyer, who wrote to the Broadway Journal (the magazine that originally published Poe’s story and which he edited) to explain that he has not the “least doubt of the possibility of such a phenomenon; for, I did actually restore to active animation a person who died from excessive drinking of ardent spirits” (1845, 390). Likewise, Poe’s future fiancée Sarah Helen Whitman begged a mutual friend to find out whether Poe’s “Mesmeric Revelations,” his other popular mesmeric tale, was based on fact (Silverman 1991, 348).

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