The Brain Is Not a Tool

Alfredo Gaete, Carlos Cornejo

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Some psychologists claim that the brain is a tool. This claim can be construed either literally or figuratively. We argue that, in the former case, it is false, whereas in the latter case it has no place in scientific psychology. We also try to show why this discussion is relevant and suggest how a metaphor should behave to be of use in science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-109
Number of pages10
JournalIntegrative Psychological and Behavioral Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain
  • Metaphor
  • Person
  • Psychological theory
  • Scientific metaphors


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