Biological Mind with Alan Jasanoff (BS 146)

In his new book The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are, Dr Alan Jasanoff from MIT argues against what he calls the cerebral mystique, which is the tendency to view the human brain as much more autonomous and mysterious than it really is. Our conversation (BS 146) brings together several key ideas that have been discussed on past episodes of Brain Science, but our emphasis is on the fact the Mind is not just the Brain because the Mind is created by the interaction of the Brain with both the Body and its environment. Failure to appreciate the biological nature of our Minds has consequences in many aspects of our lives, including how we approach both mental health and issues of social justice.

How to get this episode:

Links and References


  • The People's Choice Podcast Awards will be accepting listener nominations from July 1-July 31, 2018. Please go to to nominate Brain Science in Science and Medicine.

  • If you want to join my trip to Australia in 2019 send me email at for more information

  • Our next Brain Science LIVE on Facebook will be July 5, 2018 at 8PM Central Time. We will be discussing BS 142, which was about Peripersonal Neurons. Live comments are encouraged but you have until July 1 to submit questions or comments for inclusion. Don't forget that Premium and Patreon supporters will have access to the audio of this live event.