This I argue is a myth, but only in a special case: when it involves a new paradigm. If a conceptual framework is settled, then a professional or mainstream science analysis is appropriate. For example if the topic is “the experimental data on the human reward system” then a cognitive neuroscientist is the one to turn to for analysis and information. However if framework is unsettled — i.e. a new paradigm — it is open to amateurs as well. For example, consider the question “how does the (conscious…

I would argue that the current emphasis on brain study over mind study is misguided. The brain cannot be understood in a vacuum, apart from not only task (or resting state), but from perception, emotion, thought, goals, motivation, atention, intention and the rest of the mind. To understand the brain you need to understand the mind. This may seem like an obvious point; yet it is far from an accepted idea in the brain science community. The (conscious and unconscious) mind is largely ignored because it is so…