Science, it seems, is supposed to answer the big questions of life. Yet in his article "Brain Drain," philosopher Roger Scruton says that the current cycle of inquiry by academics is stunted.
Mechanistic philosophy has invaded every discipline, including the humanities, thereby rendering the parts (physical brain) more important than the whole (human). Scruton calls this "neuroenvy."
A lot of people have been anxious to climb aboard this neuro-explains-it-all train. It's causing them to lose the ability to wonder or consider other vital questions. As Scruton puts it:
Most of our questions about persons and their doings are about interpretation: what did he mean by that? What did her words imply? What is signified by the hand of Michelangelo’s David? Those are real questions, which invite disciplined answers.
I hope that someone starts asking good questions soon -- before people are thought of as nothing more than automatons.