If I never go to Long Island then I never have to worry about some unfortunate accident bringing me or someone I love under the knife of neurosurgeon Michael Egnor, who is a professor of neurosurgery and paediatrics at State University New York (Stony Brook), and who apparently doesn’t accept that the mind arises from the physiological properties of the brain.
Lest someone accuse me of oversimplifying Egnor’s dumbarsery with my summary above, I can’t see any other way to describe his argument: he’s reifying “altruism” as a concrete concept separate from observable altruistic actions taken by a thinking being, and then arguing that if we can’t point to the place in the brain where altruism is situated then something magical happens and then the creationists win. This essentially comes down to arguing that mind is entirely separate from our physical bodies and not actually dependent upon the physiology of the brain.
Yeah, I’d so want him cutting into my grey matter. Not.
I don’t understand how someone like this functions without collapsing under the weight of the cognitive dissonance they have to studiously ignore as they go about their professional day.