The Brain, Psychology, and Emotion
Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new way forward for law and order. O n the steamy first day of August 1966, Charles Whitman took an elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower in Austin. The 25-year-old climbed the stairs to the observation deck, lugging with him a footlocker full of guns and ammunition. At the top, he killed a receptionist with the butt of his rifle.
Eric Edelman/RetroCollage.com Eric Edelman: Inspiration of a Dreamer , 2013 According to Wikipedia , Ray Kurzweil is an American author, inventor, futurist, and director of engineering at Google.
Apr/May 2013 Two books seek to explain how our minds work their way through the maze of consciousness Eric Banks
A year or so ago, I took part in a conference in Mexico for which I, along with several other intellectuals, academics, and writers, was paid an excellent fee to talk for 10 minutes. The proceedings took place over three days. They were held in a movie-sized theater and were well attended. I was distinguished at this conference, near as I could tell, in being the only one who did not avail himself of audiovisual aids.
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I suppose, as a poet, among my fears can be counted the deep-seated uneasiness that one day it will be revealed that I consecrated my life to an imbecility. Part of what I mean—what I think I mean—by “imbecility” is something intrinsically unnecessary and superfluous and thereby unintentionally cruel. It was a Master who advised that we speak little, better still say nothing, unless we are quite sure that what we wish to say is true, kind, and helpful.
Mind & Brain :: Mind Matters :: August 25, 2009 :: :: Email :: Print Two scientists suggest that depression is not a malfunction, but a mental adaptation that brings certain cognitive advantages By Paul W.
The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless. I’ve recently been following the controversies about revisions to the psychiatric definition of depression. I’ve also been teaching a graduate seminar on Michel Foucault, beginning with a reading of his “History of Madness.” This massive volume tries to discover the origins of modern psychiatric practice and raises questions about its meaning and validity. The debate over depression is an excellent test case for Foucault’s critique. At the center of that critique is Foucault’s claim that modern psychiatry, while purporting to be grounded in scientific truths, is primarily a system of moral judgments.
Dog domestication may have helped humans thrive while Neandertals declined Pat Shipman We all know the adage that dogs are man’s best friend. And we’ve all heard heartwarming stories about dogs who save their owners—waking them during a fire or summoning help after an accident.
Public release date: 14-Feb-2013 [ Print | E-mail | Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Joan Robinson email@example.com 49-622-148-78130 Springer Dogs pick out faces of other dogs, irrespective of breeds, among human and other domestic and wild animal faces and can group them into a category of their own. They do that using visual cues alone, according to new research by Dr. Dominique Autier-Dérian from the LEEC and National Veterinary School in Lyon in France and colleagues.
Essays T hese are stimulating times for anyone interested in questions of animal consciousness. On what seems like a monthly basis, scientific teams announce the results of new experiments, adding to a preponderance of evidence that we’ve been underestimating animal minds, even those of us who have rated them fairly highly.
By FRANS DE WAAL Associated Press A herd of African elephants drink water at a dam inside the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Who is smarter: a person or an ape? Well, it depends on the task.
Jaak Panksepp set out to find the biology of emotions. He found the biology of animal consciousness. Last July, an international group of scientists with “neuro” in their titles convened in Cambridge, England, to give good weight to a radical idea.
May 7, 2013 — On a memorable spring evening in 2002, the philosopher Peter Singer welcomed disability rights advocate Harriet McBryde Johnson to speak at Princeton University. The event was controversial, given that Singer had publicly claimed that parents should be allowed to euthanize children with severe disabilities, and that Johnson was herself severely disabled. Born with muscular dystrophy that left her body twisted and frail, Johnson knew she was once precisely the kind of infant that, by Singer’s logic, should have been killed at birth.