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The New Brain Sciences : Perils and Prospects - Dai Rees

The New Brain Sciences

Perils and Prospects

By: Dai Rees (Editor), Steven Rose (Editor)

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Published: 29th December 2004
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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.

'One valuable message of The New Brain Sciences is that in trying to understand the neurosciences, it is unwise to ignore the social forces propelling them.' Financial Times Magazine '... anyone interested in psychology, biology or neuroscience should take the time to read it, as it's one of the best overviews around.' Focus '... beautifully presented and very well edited. Every chapter is clear and accessible to a general readership ... The coverage of topics is broad with no obvious omissions ... Every reader will come away from reading this book with questions of their own. A strength of this title is the insistence, shared by all the contributors, that the social sciences and the neurosciences need to learn from each other, and that each ethical question needs to be considered in its social context. It is a simply wonderful book, and deserves to be the paradigm for work in neuroethics over the next decade.' The Lancet '... this book is rather reassuring. Overall, this volume does much to combat various kinds of bad reductionist thinking.' Nature 'The New Brain Sciences is a stimulating book for anyone interested in how neuroscience may change our view of ourselves and affect our free will. It is controversial but thoughtful and packed with interesting detail.' Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry

Introduction: The new brain sciences
Freedom to Change
Do we ever really act?
The definition of human nature
Consciousness and the limits of neurobiology
Mind metaphors. Neurosciences and ethics
Genetic and generic determinism. A new threat to free will?
Neuroscience and the Law
Human action, neuroscience and the law
Responsibility and the law
Programmed or licensed to kill? The new biology of femicide
Genes, responsibility and the law
Stewardship of the New Brain Sciences
The neurosciences: the danger that we will think we have understood it all
On dissecting the genetic basis of behaviour and intelligence Angus Clarke
Prospects and perils of stem cell research: a brief guide to current science
The use of human embryonic stem cells for research: an ethical evaluation
The Prozac story
Psychopharmacology at the interface between the market and the new biology
Education in the age of
Conclusion
References
Biographies
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ISBN: 9780521537148
ISBN-10: 0521537142
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 29th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.43