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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8: 2016-2017 Legal Year

Edited by: Daniel Clarry
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Hardwired Behavior

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ISBN13: 9780521860017
ISBN: 0521860016
Published: September 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £25.99

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This book explores the impact of neuroscience research over the past 20 or more years on brain function as it affects moral decisions. Findings show that the mind and brain are very close, if not the same, and that the brain 'makes' the mind. This is bringing about a change of focus from examining mental activity (mentalism) to the physical activity of the brain (physicalism) to understand thinking and behavior. We are discovering that the physical features of the brain play the major role in shaping our thoughts and emotions, including the way we deal with 'moral' issues. This book sets out the historical framework of the transition from 'mentalism' to 'physicalism', shows how the physical brain works in moral decisions and then examines three broad areas of moral decision-making - the brain in 'bad' acts, the brain in decisions involving sexual relations, and the brain in money decision-making.

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1. Neuroscience and morality
2. Morality and the mind
3. Beyond the mind zone
4. Morality and the brain
5. Bad without conscience
6. Biology of choice
7. Sex and the single moral code
8. Brain biology and sex
9. Deception
10. The biology of money
11. The bad and the mad
12. Creating a moral brain