this brain shit has just become a completely ridiculous fad. ok ask yourself with regard to any particular application - let's say naomi wolf's brain/vagina connections or whatever, or in education: what work is the word 'brain' actually doing? so an english prof puts people in an mri and makes them read in different ways. alright let's pretend that everything is ok with this whole idea. then the conclusion is: close reading is different than casual reading: look at the way the things lights up etc. now, did you know that already? let's say the brain crap fell apart and actually the two things looked more similar on scans than we thought. would that entail that casual reading and close reading aren't different after all? say the vagina/brain connection isn't at all the way naomi wolf thinks it is. would that mean that her orgasm doesn't feel the way she feels it or have the deep meaning she thinks it does? i am not arguing for an immaterial mind at all. all i'm saying is that the brain crap is completely incessant, a mere fashion, and that it rarely does any work at all. as in iraq, the evidence is fixed to support the pre-existing conclusions. but in cases like this, there is just nothing happening at all. it's just adding random functionless parts to your machine. or rather it has one function: it is a claim of epistemic authority for conclusions reached in anything but a scientific fashion. really, it functions in the same way as an appeal to scripture or to 'the rules': it's merely a power play without any actual epistemic relevance.