Saturday, March 31, 2007

Feeling immoral? Ask your doctor about a new medication...

Why do I even bother blogging on this stuff, when others can say what I want to say so much better than I can:

Brain damage, evolution, and the future of morality.

I started on the topic last week. I planned to get to it. As is often the case, I was beaten to the punch.

Imagine that killers have invaded your neighborhood. They're in your house, and you and your neighbors are hiding in the cellar. Your baby starts to cry. If you had to press your hand over the baby's face till it stopped fighting—if you had to smother it to save everyone else—would you do it? If you're normal, you wouldn't...But if part of your brain were damaged—the ventromedial prefrontal cortex—you would.

Well, damn it all. Guess that's why I'm starting a new graduate program in philosophy this month. Maybe I can be the first on my block to write about this stuff.

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