Mark Liberman over at The Language Log shoots holes in that useless Brooks' column:
My favorite bit:
Is there any conclusion whose empirical and logical foundations are adequately established by Brooks' column? In my opinion, there's at least one: we shouldn't accept any public policy recommendations on the basis of Brooks' understanding of cognitive neuroscience.
But that's not by any means the best bit. It's a thorough and thoughtful examination of what Brooks did such a sloppy job buzzing through. The ending is particularly good. Go on, go see.
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