Public credulity with respect to brain science

If you read no other magazine article summarizing an academic study, read this one.  I wish I’d had it when I did my paper.  Summary of the summary: the general public is fairly credulous when it comes to articles with pretty pictures of brains included, even if the conclusions drawn by those articles is counterintuitive.

My initial thoughts were that this could be dangerous, but Western society is pretty firmly libertarian (in the philosophical sense, not the political one) and dualist.  It should be interesting to see how this cognitive dissonance – trust in science, yet a fervent belief in truly free free will – plays out.

(Via the Neuroethics and Law Blog.)