Very good article and very well written. Love this line.
You then climax in a fit of premature extrapolation, inferring from the scientific result a calming bromide about what it is to function optimally as a modern human being. Voilà, a laboratory-sanctioned Big Idea in digestible narrative form.
The author has some very good criticisms of not only the entire self-help genre, but also of Sam Harris’ narrative style and Chris Mooney’s take on conservative thinking. While I agree Harris is a polemicist, I’m less sure about his criticism of Mooney. How can we talk to ultra-conservatives as peers if they refuse to think instead of reacting out of fear?