Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Neuroscience, Emergence and Free Will

Speaker(s): Warren S. Brown
Date: Nov 2008
Length: 1:10:11
Product ID: RGDL3842C

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A Graduate and Faculty Christian Forum from the University of British Columbia. This lecture will summarize the neuroscience research on moral behavior and decision-making, and evaluate its implications for our understanding of free will and moral agency. Are our actions entirely determined bylow-level neural processes? Is body-soul dualism the only answer? Philosophical and theological resolution of these questions depends on our understanding of what is meant by emergence. Professor Brown will argue that the free-will problem is badly framed if it is put in terms of neurobiological determinism ('my neurons made me do it'); the real issue is neurobiological reductionism. Brown will bring together insights from both philosophy and the cognitive neurosciences to challenge various forms of neurobiological reductionism.

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Warren S. Brown PhD (University of Southern California) presently serves as director of the Travis Research Institute and professor of psychology at Fuller Theological in Pasedena, California where he has been since 1982. He was the recipient of a prestigious National Institute of Mental Health Research Career Development Award. His areas of expertise are Neuropsychology and Psychophysiology. Brown has authored or coauthored over 75 scholarly articles in such scientific journals as Neuropsychologia , Psychophysiology , Neurobiology of Aging , Biological Psychiatry , Developmental Neuropsychology , Cortex , and Science . He is also interested in philosophy, neuroscience, and the relationship between science and religious faith: in this vein, he is principal editor and contributor to Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature (1998) and wrote (with Nancey Murphy) Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (2007).

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