So no one came, and Galileo was, to put it mildly, a bit miffed. Indeed, in a subsequent letter to the equally distinguished astronomer Johannes Kepler, Galileo was not shy in his contempt for his learned peers.
Travel forward almost 4oo years, and neuroscience has progressively revealed, and with telescopic precision, how the brain actually works. Still, for the major psychological schools that purport to explain behavior, from behaviorism to cognitive science, the brain is strangely left out of the picture. Thus for psychology in general, philosophizing and rhapsodizing about how the mind works occurs for the most part without having to stop for a second to look into the mind and see how it actually works.
Naturally, there are some cranky sorts who won't have any part of this, and crash the party by trying to bring the entire party down. One of these is the distinguished neuro-psychologist Jaak Panksepp. Panksepp is at turns rude, irascible, cutting, and sarcastic in his view of trends in psychology that treat the brain lightly. (In other words, from a Galilean vantage, an overall splendid fellow) In particular, the fact that neuroscience tends to leave out metaphors of affect to describe the analogical processes that underscore our most primal urges has in his view rendered the science incapable of truly understanding behavior.
So naturally, with this attitude came the inevitable Galilean moment. When Panksepp published an article called the 'Seven Sins of Evolutionary Psychology' he demonstrated with logical and empirical comprehensiveness and precision why the popular 'science' of evolutionary psychology is neurally unrealistic, and is for the most part a lot of guff. Some of the most distinguished voices in evolutionary psychology, such as Dennett, Buss, Pinker, and Tooby/Cosmides were invited to comment on Panksepp's observations, yet declined. Since these folks are publicity hounds, and seek it wherever they can to promote their Darwinian view of psychology, by refraining from addressing many of the points that Panksepp advanced, one naturally can question their motives. So, lacking Panksepp's insights, their psychological version of the flat earth continues, until we in due course all look through Panksepp's telescope, and discover the truth.
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