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My Brain Made Me Do It : The Rise of Neuroscience and the Threat to Moral Responsibility,9781616141653

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



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Using illustrative examples from philosophy, mythology, history, and criminology, and with thorough discussions of actual scientific experiments, Sternberg attempts to answer the question: Are we truly in control of our actions?

Author Biography

Eliezer J. Sternberg is the author of Are You a Machine? The Brain, the Mind, and What It Means to Be Human. A recent graduate of Brandeis University, where he majored in neuroscience and philosophy, Sternberg is now at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 15
Introductionp. 17
The Nefarious Neuronp. 21
The Shadow of Determinismp. 27
The Essential Freedomp. 35
A Tempest in the Brainp. 43
Neurological Disturbancep. 53
The Seat of the Willp. 61
The Somatic-Marker Hypothesisp. 67
The Readiness Potentialp. 77
The Grand Illusionp. 87
Neuronal Destinyp. 99
The Revolution of the Brainp. 111
Seeds of Corruptionp. 121
Morality's Endp. 135
The Depths of Consciousnessp. 143
A Challenge for Experiencep. 155
The Boundlessness of Reasonp. 169
Rise of the Moral Agentp. 185
The Palace of the Mindp. 191
Further Readingsp. 201
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 239
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