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.
Looking to Genes for the Secret to Happiness
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. Homunculism by Colin McGinn
Issue 1: What Makes You So Special
Apr/May 2013 Two books seek to explain how our minds work their way through the maze of consciousness Eric Banks this is your brain, on
Joseph Epstein 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.
An internet resource developed by Christopher D. Green York University, Toronto, Ontario James (1884) What is an Emotion?
On Fear by Mary Ruefle 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.
In an article published shortly before his death, the political scientist James Q. Wilson took on the large question of free will and moral responsibility: Does the fact that biology determines more of our thinking and conduct than we had previously imagined undermine the notion of free will? And does this possibility in turn undermine, if not entirely destroy, our ability to hold people accountable for their actions? Wilson’s answer was an unequivocal no. He has lots of company, which should come as a surprise given what scientific research into the determinants of human behavior has told us over the past four decades. Beyond Blame | Boston Review
Like most of my generation, I was brought up on the saying: 'Satan finds some mischief for idle hands to do.'
Depression's Evolutionary Roots 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.
Depression and the Limits of Psychiatry 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.
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. Public Books — A World Where We Are All Autistic
Anthrozoology Anthrozoology (also called human–animal studies, or HAS) is the study of interaction between living things. It is a modern interdisciplinary and burgeoning field that overlaps with a number of other disciplines, including anthropology, ethology, medicine, psychology, veterinary medicine and zoology. A major focus of anthrozoologic research is the quantifying of the positive effects of human-animal relationships on either party and the study of their interactions. It includes scholars from a diverse range of fields, including anthropology, sociology, biology, history and philosophy. Anthrozoology scholars recognize the lack of scholarly attention given to non-human animals and to the relationships between human and non-human, especially in the light of the magnitude of animal representations, symbols, stories and their actual physical presence in human societies.
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. One of Us
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. Dogs and Human Survival: Do the Eyes Have It?
Dogs spot the dog
Dog's Best Friend
I Met The World's Smartest Dog
Are Pigs as Smart as Dogs and Does It Really Matter?
How animals perceive time: Slo-mo mojo
our fellow creatures - bookforum.com / omnivore
The Brains of the Animal Kingdom
The Animal Mind Reader :: Summer 2013 :: Washington State Magazine
Do Elephants Have Souls?
The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? by Marcia Angell
Beyond the Brain by Tanya Marie Luhrmann
Is Everyone on the Autism Spectrum?
Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife
Why Do You Want to Be Famous? | Beautiful Minds
Babies Bamboozled by Numbers - Jessica Love
The evolution of overconfidence : Nature
Synesthesia: Some People Really Can Taste The Rainbow : The Salt
IQ scores reflect motivation as well as 'intelligence' : Not Exactly Rocket Science
How Your Birth Order Can Influence Who You Are
Awakening - Joshua Lang
"As a Man Is, So He Sees" | Mind Matters
How consciousness works – Michael Graziano – Aeon
The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction
Adam Gopnik: The New Neuro-Skeptics
Is it rational to have children
Why Parents Hate Parenting
The Barren Wombs of Smart Women
Evolution and Existentialism, an Intellectual Odd Couple - The Chronicle Review
Robert Sapolsky discusses physiological effects of stress
Associations between social behaviour an... [Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2013
On Loneliness: Art, Life, etc.
Study Predicts Political Beliefs With 83 Percent Accuracy | Surprising Science
Paracetamol Can Soften Our Moral Reactions
The Essential Psychopathology Of Creativity
Common Behavioral Biases
Paul Bloom: The Case Against Empathy
The Principle of the Hiding Hand
ββC's βrain Story - Complete Series
Brain Science - IAE-Pedia
Could A Dopamine Gene Be the Answer to a Longer Life?
Researcher: Dopamine Not About Pleasure (Anymore)