Morality for neurons


(My latest MercatorNet column looks at an attempt to refound morality on a totally materialist basis: commonsense notions of the mind must be abandoned in favor of a purely brain-based approach because we are our neurons:

Churchland is partial to a theory that morality originates in the oxytocin-vasopressin network in mammals. One outcome is stunners like this: “The social life of humans, whether in hunter-gatherer villages, farming towns, or cities, seems to be even more complex than that of baboons or chimpanzees.”

Now, why in the world would that be? We never get a clear idea how Churchland think morality works, though we do get more than a glimpse of her politics.

Go here for more. Denyse O'Leary is co-author of The Spiritual Brain.

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