How Mass Media Affect Our Perception of Reality — Part 1

The U.S. mass media were focused on sports, the lives of various celebrities, and a Congressman’s relationship with a missing staff member just before September 11. Then everything changed. A skyscraper complex, militant group, and distant country suddenly dominated mass media as people sought to understand what had occurred, what to make of passenger planes…

Cognitive Neuroscience Becomes Fiction

I suppose it was inevitable that novelists would eventually provide their intriguing perspective on recent important developments in the cognitive neurosciences, such as on the concept of consciousness, our ill-understood subjective relationship to objects and events. We’re in a strange uncharted era. Consciousness had historically been the sole purview of philosophers and theologians, who viewed…

An Intriguing New Perspective on Our Brain’s Organization–Part 2

Last month’s column introduced Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg’s marvelous new book, The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind (2001). The column focused especially on his conceptualization of our brain’s overall organization. Let’s now focus on our cortex’s frontal lobes, which are central to a functioning human brain, and to Goldberg’s book. Survival is dependent…