The Neuroscientist Offering a Fresh Diagnosis for Argentina

By Brendan O’Boyle

In tough times, Facundo Manes is signaling a bigger role for himself in Argentine society and politics.

In neurology, anosognosia refers to a patient’s inability or unwillingness to acknowledge their condition. It’s the term Dr. Facundo Manes uses to explain Argentina’s recurring cycle of recession, debt and inflation. “We don't recognize our problems,” Manes told AQ, saying the country is like a patient who has “never followed the right treatment.” Such crisp diagnoses have made Manes, a best-selling author and neuroscientist specializing in how people make decisions, something of a breakthrough personality in today’s troubled Argentina. Whether opining on artificial...

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