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haha! another neurological take on morality…//Robert Sapolsky’s Behave is a tour de force of science writing

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Scientists won’t give up their reductionist obsessions, but their dialectical complements won’t give up either and both sides mock each other across the divide of scientism.

Behaviorism can’t explicate morality unless it can model free will. Everyone else is schlock reductionism. This book nonetheless looks interesting in what is after all a dialectical debate ad infinitum. But behaviorism, which was once rat psychology and an object of ridicule, seems stuck in the same rut…Man has a soul, a will, and a potential for complex consciousness. If scientists can illuminate this, fine, but otherwise we should be wary of the frankenstein future they have planned for us. As for Kant his unique, perhaps failed, project to found a moral calculus stands as one pole of the mutual mockery across the trenches… the fight will continue…

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