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My Brain Made Me Do It: The Rise of Neuroscience and the Threat to Moral Responsibility

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As scientists continue to explore how the brain works, using ever more sophisticated technology, it seems likely that new findings will radically alter the traditional understanding of human nature. One aspect of human nature that is already being questioned by recent developments in neuroscience is free will. Do our decisions arise from purely mechanistic processes? Is ou ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Prometheus Books (first published 2010)
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Matt Hudgens-Haney
Oct 31, 2010 Matt Hudgens-Haney rated it did not like it
Subtitled: The Rise of Neuroscience and the Threat To Moral Responsibility
As neuroscience becomes increasingly able to explain human behavior, more and more scientists feel that free will is being explained out of existence. They believe that free will is an illusion, that our sense of ownership over our decisions and actions is not real. Neurobiological determinism, the view that all our thoughts and actions are determined by our brains, has become a common theme in scientific books written for
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Jekaterina Bjalt
Nov 10, 2016 Jekaterina Bjalt rated it really liked it
It has become common knowledge that human body is just one big intricate piece of biological machinery all the way to our brains, the supposed seat of mind or soul, whichever you would call it. Neuroscience is promising to unravel its mysteries in the near future so that one day we will be able to discover, explain and calculate every single feeling and thought we have. The prospect feels as much exciting as it does frightening and even threatening. There might be people that feel okay with feel ...more
Nick Hylands-white
The problems of free will, consciousness and moral agency are well described and illustrated with good examples. Also here we have a potted history of the attempts made to solve the above problems, which is enjoyable and informative. The authors own conclusion on the matter however, leaves a lot to be desired as it ends on a distinctly philosophical note. Overall a good read, ideas are raised and dealt with in short chapters, which means that you are unlikely to get bored or confused, I would ha ...more
Jan Daker
Jun 28, 2010 Jan Daker rated it really liked it
Subtitled: The rise of neuroscience & the threat to moral responsibility.
As someone who is fascinated with biopsycosocial systems, this book gives fascinating examples of people with biological tendencies for certain behaviors. The entire book discussed debated if their biological tendencies caused the behavior or did their free will.
The author strictly believes in free will as the final decision maker.
Brett
Jan 30, 2011 Brett marked it as did-not-finish
I got about 50 pages into this book before deciding it just wasn't for me. Not sure what it is, maybe that I've given the question a lot of thought over the years and that it didn't look like it was going to cover any new ground. I don't mind - I enjoy, actually - reading something I disagree with, but I do mind devoting my precious reading time to something that is "old".

Nick
Nov 02, 2014 Nick rated it liked it
Works well as a concise and readable guide to some important arguments in this area, and I found it pretty interesting throughout. Sternberg's own arguments are frustratingly lackluster, though - the closing stages of the book consist largely of underdeveloped and barely supported claims about what he believes consciousness to be.
Cathy
Jun 28, 2010 Cathy rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed by this book because I expected there to be more neuroscience. This truly is a philosophy book -- it discusses neuroscience topics, but it is just plain philosophy. It was interesting enough all the same, but I wouldn't have read it had I known that ahead of time.
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