Behaviourist Neuroscience as Safety
It’s fascinating and entertaining to watch Safety manipulate the discipline of neuroscience to suit its own behaviourist worldview. Even more fascinating to watch Safety, with no expertise in neuroscience, bend this discipline to behaviourist outcomes then claim that it has moved on from behaviourism. Then further to claim that neuroscience understands the brain as the centre of the discipline and ‘use’ aspects of the discipline to manipulate for a controlling behaviourist outcome. Even more entertaining when those projecting behaviourism masked as neuroscience, come from mechanistic backgrounds in engineering and ‘safety science’. Then to package this as some ‘new frontier’ in safety is laughable.
In Safety’s quest for some thing new it always seeks solutions in what it knows, this is the bondage of the elevation of compliance as a raison d’etre. Even when Safety touts something as ‘new’, next generation or ‘two’ or ‘three’ it is most often new rhetoric for old mechanistic wineskins. Just follow the discourse trail and before long you are back in the field of ‘hazards, systems and controls’.
One cannot isolate the study of neuroscience from Neuropsychology, Socialphenomenology and Neurophilosophy. To do so totally misunderstands an holistic approach to humans as ‘embodied’ persons. The wacky effort at ‘using’ neuroscience for behaviourist ends totally warps what comprises a focus beyond the human brain to the real challenges in understanding the human ‘mind’ and consciousness. Nevermind Safety, when your lens is behaviourism and you are looking for robots to ‘control’, Safety is capable of any delusion.
The latest research in Neurophilosophy and Neurpsychology does NOT find the locus for human being in the brain. Humans are NOT computers on top of bodies and the brain is not some sophisticated computer. Learning is NOT about programming and the brain is NOT isolated from the ‘mind’ nor embodied personhood. Hey, but when you want to find ‘controls’ for dumb down safety, why research deeply into the matter? What an amazing revenue stream to fool cashed up organisations that the unconscious can be controlled and that it is seated in the brain. Hey presto, the magic of behaviourst safety, masked as neuroscience, will give you the ‘controls’ you are ready to pay for. Under this delusion habituation is just poor programming and twisted algorithms.
Of course, the latest research in Neurophilosophy, Socialphenomenology and Neuropsychology (Raaven, Damasio, Varela, Rosch, Thompson, Ginot, Noe, Claxton, Robinson, and many more) simply smash this simplistic silly nonsense paraded as some new frontier in safety. Until Safety moves away from behaviourism, there can be no ‘evolution’ in safety. Until Safety, suspends this crazy preoccupation with a mechanistic worldview and is prepared to tackle a transdisciplinary worldview there will only be false consciousness, delusion propaganda.