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My Brain Made Me Do It: The Rise of Neuroscience and the Threat to Moral Responsibility
My Brain Made Me Do It: The Rise of Neuroscience and the Threat to Moral Responsibility
by Eliezer J. Sternberg
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph of Anecdotal Evidence and Educated Assumptions, June 7, 2010
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This book is an enjoyable read for anyone just getting into neurophilosophy or with an interest in how neuroscience relates to free will. The threat to free will addressed by Eliezer Sternberg (a precocious medical student with philosophy and neuroscience degrees) is neurobiological determinism. If the brain 'controls' the mind, and the brain is a physical system governed by the laws of physics and chemistry, then the mind is also physically determined. It follows that, given enough information, each mental state may be predictable - or more than that: predetermined, as much as the the tides or any other natural phenomenon. The book's final chapters are Sternberg's attempt to resolve the neurobiological mind with some vestige of free will (not clearly defined). The final theory is workable, though not completely vetted.

Sternberg covers a lot of ground in terms of fascinating studies and observations, from Mike Gazzaniga's split brain patients with 'dual consciousness' to the defense lawyer Clarence Darrow's brilliant oration that the two privileged young men, Leopold and Loeb, cannot be held morally responsible for their premeditated murder of a friend, because they were biologically predestined to do it. In terms of anecdotes and 'evidence', this book is very interesting. Sternberg cites his sources well and follows up with a reading list.

However, Sternberg, with just a bachelors degree in philosophy under his belt (which is all I have, I should add), makes assumptions that are at times glaringly obvious and occasionally insidious. Unfortunately, that is no small problem for this project, which uses the empirical evidence to construct rational arguments made for and against an enduring concept of free will.

The most frustrating assumptions Sternberg makes result from his drawing a hard line between the brain and the mind. He begins the book by defining the mind as neuroscience is coming to understand it, but his arguments use the folk concept of the mind (as some sort of non-physical, spirity-type thing); that is, of course, incoherent with the scientific view. Toward the beginning of the book, it seemed as though there would be no way for free will to exist without a non-physical cause - which I think is an extreme version of the common sense idea of free will. The modus ponens and modus tollens arguments he sets up lead to seemingly significant conclusions, but have very questionable premises. Despite several transgressions of this sort, this book is very well researched, generally well-reasoned, and overall a very interesting read.
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