Sunday, August 07, 2005
Soul Survival: Is the new neuromorality a threat to traditional views of right and wrong? (Reason)
Cathy Young reports on a fascinating conference that took place in June which discussed the question Will neuroscience revolutionize our understanding of law and morality? If so, can law and morality be saved? Neuroscience researchers claim to be discovering more and more about how the brain actually works and some suggest that the conclusion we will inevitably come to is that our neurobiology will remove the need for such concepts as morality, free will, the soul, and personal responsibility. There are also issues related to the increasing sophistication of brain imaging which one of the presenters at the conference suggested may potentially raise questions about privacy. It's a fascinating debate - you can read the whole article here.