What does the latest science tell us about how we make ethical decisions? How can we use this knowledge to improve our human relationships?
We’ll be discussing some of the latest in neuroscience related to ethics, human relationships and human behavior. Join at any time. Use the contact form below if you’d like to get information on the readings for the sessions. We’ll usually have an article or two plus a couple of book chapters.
Readings (click month to find specific readings)
January: We’re regrouping, figuring out what we want to do this year. We’ll have a 30-minute video to show, but mostly, we’ll be talking about what we want to study together in 2016.
November: we have a tape to watch this month. No pre-reading!
- Chapters 7 and 8 of Antonio Damasio’s Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain
- Caitlyn Jenner and Our Cognitive Dissonance (on how our brains register gender)
- Chapters 5 and 6 of Antonio Damasio’s Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain
- An interview with Damasio on feelings
- Jaak Panksepp on 7 Primal Emotions
- Chapters 3 and 4 of Antonio Damasio’s Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain
- An article that has an interesting definition of “mind” and some applications of mirror neurons and neural plasticity concepts to therapeutic situations: An Interpersonal Neurobiology Approach to Psychotherapy: Awareness, Mirror Neurons, and Neural Plasticity in the Development of Well-Being
- Four short articles. Four weigh in, from the perspective of neuroscience, on the question: Does moral action depend on reasoning? (There are other essays at this site, from perspectives other than neuroscientists; it’s interesting to note that those who answer from philosophical or theological or legal or psychological backgrounds may have other answers.)
- First two chapters from Antonio Damasio’s Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain – about the case of Phineas Gage (you might want to read the preface and introduction, also, but we’ll focus discussion on chapters 1-2)
An interesting video on neuroscience:
Master/Mind (a little over 9 minutes)
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