The End of Free Will?

Big Think | Dec. 29, 2011

By Megan Erickson

The field of neuroscience evolved so rapidly in the past twenty years that it will pose unprecedented challenges to the legal system in the decades to come, changing the way we understand crime and punishment, says neuro-pioneer Joy Hirsch, director of the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center at Columbia.

Functional imaging, for instance, has given scientists the ability to identify which specific areas of the brain are active during specific tasks. It’s a development that Hirsch compares to manna from heaven.

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1 Comment on "The End of Free Will?"

  1. No free will? From what I’ve read the idea for the Internet, and all this related high technology, is to allow those exercising free will to “collaborate” and expand this concept to the rest of the world, to bring humanity together. Of course, those not willing to join the “hive mind” will be considered inferior by those whose brains have been “augmented”. Just as the politicians and people in leadership positions look down on the masses in arrogance, those who recieve their “brain boost” will also think the same way. Nice.

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