I’ve wanted to read a book on neurobiology for some time. It is a subject that fascinates me. I’m satisfied with being an outsider watching the unfolding of this strange, relatively young field of science. Yesterday I purchased V.S. Ramachandran’s The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human. It has been a wonderful read thus far and I am sure I will share more about it later.
For now I want to share a short quote from the book. Ramachandran writes about his guild saying this:
“Homogeneity breed weakness: theoretical blind spots, stale paradigms, an echo-chamber mentality, and cults of personality.” (p. xxi)
He invites diversity of thought and opinion from his colleagues in the field because he sees that this tension moves their work forward. For all of us who study/teach biblical literature, Christian theology, religious studies, languages, history, and the like (i.e. readers of this blog) there is a lot we can learn from this short statement.