Pop neuroscience continues to come under criticism. To read more on the criticism and skepticism, click to my most recent post over at Brains on Purpose™. For those of you who follow brain science and what neuroscience can tell us about mindfulness, I point you to this post from beliefnet. From "The Mindful Brain: Hype or Hope":
I am sure mindfulness proponents, myself among them, have sometimes oversold the findings of research. Science is a slow, accretive process. It moves at a glacial pace of discovery–too slow for our impatient sound byte culture. Neuroscientists barely understand the brain despite decades of research and thousands of researchers conducting this research.
Why is this so? Simple. Their subject matter–the human brain–is the most complex thing in the known universe. It’s going to take a while to figure it out.
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