Hunter-Gatherer Nut Cases

Let's Just Reduce Our Altruism, Morals & Love to Brain Waves

I opened up "The End of Morality," Discover magazine's latest article on ethics and the brain (July/August 2011),1 and I wondered, "Will this be any different from the others?" Articles on this topic seem to follow a consistent pattern: (1) Researchers can pinpoint physical events taking place in people's brains when they make ethical decisions. (2) Thus, science is discovering, finally, what ethics is all about: it's chemistry and electricity doing their chemical and electrical thing inside your skull. And that's it.

It's an approach many thinkers call reductionist. Reductionism in this context means that...

 
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #19, Winter 2011 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo19/hunter-gatherer-nut-cases

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