For some time I've been having conversations with my peers about the apparent growth of neuroscience and it's use in coaching and in learning/development solutions.
For all the insight that has been offered we still haven't conquered the ignorance or the danger of only a little learning. A reminder of Alexander Pope's poem "A Little Learning" seems apt...
"A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again."
So this piece by my friend David D'Souza seems both relevant to this concern and additive to the above.
For me it all raises the question of how aware are we of how poor practice comes about systemically and individually.
Is it the pursuit of other things? A pursuit which both exposes & potentially masks true ignorance? Is it a necessary consequence of progress?
I really don't think the professional bodies in the people space have really got a grip on this. Maybe they are pursuing other things too...
A paper published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience last year, “Superfluous neuroscience information makes explanations of psychological phenomena more appealing” shows that we aren’t just blinded by science, we are seduced by it. Worryingly, where irrelevant facts about neuroscience were added to explanations, people were more likely to find those explanations believable. Reflecting on to what extent we genuinely critically appraise evidence outside of our sphere of experience is a worthwhile exercise.