Ethical Brain The Science of Our Moral Dilemmas

ISBN-10: 0060884738
ISBN-13: 9780060884734
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List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

A provocative and fascinating look at new discoveries about the brain that challenge our ethics The rapid advance of scientific knowledge has raised ethical dilemmas that humankind has never before had to address. Questions about the moment when life technically begins and ends or about the morality of genetically designing babies are now relevant and timely. Our ever-increasing knowledge of the workings of the human brain can guide us in the formation of new moral principles in the twenty-first century. In The Ethical Brain, preeminent neuroscientist Michael S. Gazzaniga presents the emerging social and ethical issues arising out of modern-day brain science and challenges the way we look at them. Courageous and thought-provoking -- a work of enormous intelligence, insight, and importance -- this book explores the hitherto uncharted landscape where science and society intersect.

Michael S. Gazzaniga is Professor of Psychology and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Co-Director of the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, and President of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Life-Span Neuroethics
Conferring Moral Status on an Embryo
The Aging Brain
Brain Enhancement
Better Brains Through Genes
Training the Brain
Shaping the Smart Brain with Drugs
Free Will, Personal Responsibility, and the Law
My Brain Made Me Do It
Antisocial Thoughts and the Right to Privacy
The Brain Produces a Poor Autobiography
The Nature of Moral Beliefs and the Concept of Universal Ethics
The Believing Brain
Toward a Universal Ethics
Endnotes
Index

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