The newest data about our brain has left very different impressions on the academic disciplines. Some fields are indifferent, while others are enthusiastic, seeing much promise in neurological discovery. My talk will inquire into the source of this difference and ask whether criteria exist to determine whether and to what extent brain research will be fruitful for the social sciences.
Jürgen Kaube studied sociology, economics, philosophy, and art history at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1992 he began work as a regular contributor to the arts and culture section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In 1999 he became the paper’s Berlin correspondent, and in 2000 he joined the editorial staff in Frankfurt, where he has since worked as editor for the science and education sections. In August 2008 his duties expanded when he was appointed executive editor for the humanities. He also supervises the section “Erkenntnis und Interesse” for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Selected publications: Die Illusion der Exzellenz: Lebenslügen der Wissenschaftspolitik (2009) and Otto Normalabweichler: Der Aufstieg der Minderheiten (2007).