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“You shouldn’t blame lying on the brain”, according to Prof. Richard Gunderman writing in The Conversation.

Gunderman notes the media interest in a recent paper about how brain activity ‘adapts’ to lying. CNN, for instance, covered the study with the headline: “Lying may be your brain’s fault, honestly“. Gunderman doesn’t like this idea:

There is the suggestion that a behavior such as lying can be explained “mechanistically.” Saying so implies the brain is a mechanism that can be accounted for in purely mechanistic terms. In fact, however, calling the brain a machine vastly oversimplifies it… no analysis of the brain as gray matter, electrical circuitry, or neuro-chemistry makes the leap from machinery to our experience of the world… as any reader of Shakespeare knows, a lie is something far richer than any pattern of brain activation.

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