The last 20 years have seen an explosion of research and development in the neurosciences. Indeed, some have called this first decade of the 21st century ‘the decade of the mind’. An all-encompassing term, the neurosciences cover such fields as biology, psychology, neurology, psychiatry and philosophy and include anatomy, physiology, molecular biology, genetics and behaviour. It is now a major industry with billions of dollars of funding invested from both public and private sectors. Huge progress has been made in our understanding of the brain and its functions. However, with progress comes controversy, responsibility and dilemma. The New Brain Sciences: Perils and Prospects examines the implications of recent discoveries in terms of our sense of individual responsibility and personhood. With contributing chapters from respected and influential names in neuroscience, law, psychology, philosophy and sociology, The New Brain Sciences should kick-start a discussion of where neuroscience is headed.
- Thought-provoking debate on the state of neuroscience research, with perspectives on social science and political implications
- Internationally recognised general editors
- Easy-to-read, popular style
- Part I. Introduction: The new brain sciences Stephen Rose;
- Part II. Freedom to Change: 1. Do we ever really act? Mary Midgley; 2. The definition of human nature Merlin Donald; 3. Consciousness and the limits of neurobiology Hilary Rose; 4. Mind metaphors. Neurosciences and ethics Regine Kollek; 5. Genetic and generic determinism. A new threat to free will? Peter Lipton;
- Part III. Neuroscience and the Law: 6. Human action, neuroscience and the law Alexander McCall Smith; 7. Responsibility and the law Stephen Sedley; 8. Programmed or licensed to kill? The new biology of femicide Lorraine Radford; 9. Genes, responsibility and the law Patrick Bateson;
- Part IV. Stewardship of the New Brain Sciences: 10. The neurosciences: the danger that we will think we have understood it all Yadin Dudai; 11. On dissecting the genetic basis of behaviour and intelligence Angus Clarke; 12. Prospects and perils of stem cell research: a brief guide to current science Helen Pilcher; 13. The use of human embryonic stem cells for research: an ethical evaluation Guido de Wert; 14. The Prozac story John Cornwell; 15. Psychopharmacology at the interface between the market and the new biology David Healy; 16. Education in the age of Ritalin Paul Cooper;
- Part V. Conclusion Dai Rees and Barbro Westerholm; References; Biographies.