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Another Week Ends: Free Won’t, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cars 2, more Super 8, Antinomian Letters, The Killing and Futurama

1. I can’t stop my leg! A fascinating post on Psychology Today about the groundbreaking research of neuroscientist Benjamin Libet into the area conscious choice/willpower, entitled “Free Won’t,” ht JD: Given our common sense notion of how our actions work, we might expect that we first have a conscious awareness of an intention or urge […]

Born-Again Stress and Hippocampal Atrophy

Scientific American reported last week on another interesting if inconclusive study about the brain activity of the religious, “Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain.” Specifically, the marked variation between believers (of a certain type) and non-believers in the volume of the hippocampus portion of the brain, the exact function of which is not totally […]

Mental Circuitry and Moral Culpability

In what has got to be one of the best titles of an editorial in years, “The Human Brain: Turning Our Minds To The Law,” David Eagleman takes up the Social Animal gauntlet in the Telegraph, and runs with it, legislatively-speaking. The connections are fairly self-evident in terms of free will, but in this case, […]

Nymphomania and The Morally Disabled

Neuroscience Day, part two: An admittedly wild article from Slate, with the inspired title “Naughty By Nature”, looking at nymphomania through the lens of neuroscience and free will (and the profound lack thereof). Specifically, the article discusses what’s known as Kluever-Bucy Syndrome, which causes a neurological breakdown in the ability to control one’s sexual urges… […]

Seeing is Believing, but. . .

For all of us looking for the Holy Grail of sure-to-please cocktail party anecdotes–you know, the elusive mix of neuroscience and Vegas magic–well, look no further. In an article entitled Magic and the Brain: Teller Reveals the Neuroscience of Illusion, Jonah (the) Lehrer explains: For Teller (that’s his full legal name), magic is more than […]