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Rockylightning
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9/18/2011 2:26:29 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Post your favorite interesting intellectual material here, where others can be enlightened and ideas can spread easily.

Please give a title of your link, so people can know what they are going to see.

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Wnope
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9/18/2011 4:36:54 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Joshua Greene's Trolley Experiments and theories on neuroscience and morality.

"Our research indicates that there is no dedicated "moral sense" or "moral faculty." Instead, moral judgment arises from interactions among dissociable cognitive systems, many of which—perhaps all of which—are not specifically dedicated to moral judgment. In light of this, we aim to understand how moral judgment is shaped by the operating characteristics of these disparate systems. These include systems that enable cognitive control, reward-seeking behavior, the representation of actions, and sensory imagery."

http://www.wjh.harvard.edu...
Wnope
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9/18/2011 4:38:09 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 9/18/2011 4:36:54 PM, Wnope wrote:
Joshua Greene's Trolley Experiments and theories on neuroscience and morality.

"Our research indicates that there is no dedicated "moral sense" or "moral faculty." Instead, moral judgment arises from interactions among dissociable cognitive systems, many of which—perhaps all of which—are not specifically dedicated to moral judgment. In light of this, we aim to understand how moral judgment is shaped by the operating characteristics of these disparate systems. These include systems that enable cognitive control, reward-seeking behavior, the representation of actions, and sensory imagery."

http://www.wjh.harvard.edu...

To summarize his theory:

"More specifically, I have proposed a "dual-process" theory of moral judgment according to which characteristically deontological moral judgments (judgments associated with concerns for "rights" and "duties") are driven by automatic emotional responses, while characteristically utilitarian or consequentialist moral judgments (judgments aimed at promoting the "greater good") are driven by more controlled cognitive processes. "
Man-is-good
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9/18/2011 4:45:17 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
One of the more interesting videos was Nova's "The Miracle of Life"....

It conveys the journey of the sperm and its union with the egg cell to form the zygote responsible for the beginning of 'new life' itself.
"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." --Terence

"I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality."--Thoreau
Rockylightning
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9/18/2011 4:49:24 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 9/18/2011 4:45:17 PM, Man-is-good wrote:
One of the more interesting videos was Nova's "The Miracle of Life"....


It conveys the journey of the sperm and its union with the egg cell to form the zygote responsible for the beginning of 'new life' itself.

NOVA had better days...
Man-is-good
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9/18/2011 4:57:39 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 9/18/2011 2:29:20 PM, Rockylightning wrote:
Hallucinations and Their Connections to the Human Brain:

http://www.ted.com...

Oliver Sacks has written a few books on neurological cases....including "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat", which deals with a wide range of neurological disorders.

Do you want to read that, Rocky? It is a good book, and very detailed in its descriptions of patients reviewed by Sacks...
"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." --Terence

"I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality."--Thoreau
Wnope
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9/18/2011 5:15:25 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 9/18/2011 4:57:39 PM, Man-is-good wrote:
At 9/18/2011 2:29:20 PM, Rockylightning wrote:
Hallucinations and Their Connections to the Human Brain:

http://www.ted.com...

Oliver Sacks has written a few books on neurological cases....including "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat", which deals with a wide range of neurological disorders.

Do you want to read that, Rocky? It is a good book, and very detailed in its descriptions of patients reviewed by Sacks...

That is a great one.

Another is VS Ramachandran's TED video (http://www.ted.com...) and book "A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness."