A Warning to Future Generations

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yesterday’s optimistic utopian visions, it is only fair to provide some balance
with the reviews of two book that have more skeptical outlooks. Both authors
are reaching the end of long careers and are firing warning shots across the
bows of future generations.
Rose asks some searching questions of neuroscience in his new book, The 21st
Century Brain: Explaining, Mending and Manipulating the Mind. Rose is
unimpressed with the way modern neuroscience pokes around randomly in the hope
of stumbling on useful drugs and brain mechanisms. He criticises the ‘laughably
crude’ models of the brain that neuroscience employs. To this I only have the
age-old retort: Does he have a better idea?
About the author
Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in
psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in
has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also
the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and
several ebooks.
Dr. Peter C. Whybrow criticises our materialistic culture. In, American Mania:
When More Is Not Enough, Whybrow’s central ideas is that in our search for money,
we are ignoring the one thing that can truly make us happy: our relationships
with other people. He suggests that each individual needs to take a close look
at their lives and see what comes first, money or people. The sad thing is that
we frequently delude ourselves about our priorities – while the majority will
say people come first, they still behave as if it is money. It’s probably
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.