So I wondered: What kind of neuroenhancers are actually in the real-world pipeline right now? Not many. Scientists with a knack for brain chemistry tend to focus on treatments for illnesses like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke, rather than on just-for-kicks enhancements.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes: a review of brain-boosting research. – By Torie Bosch – Slate Magazine
Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty. By Simon Baron-Cohen. Allen Lane; 190 pages; £20.
WICKEDNESS has long been the preserve of religion. For an act to be evil, it must be significantly wrong, embarked upon with full knowledge of its wantonness and embraced wholeheartedly by the person doing the deed. In “Zero Degrees of Empathy” psychologist and psychiatrist Simon Baron-Cohen argues for a scientific explanation of why some people act in a way that appears to be evil. He thinks that they are sick and that they can be treated.
The past offers all sorts of unsavoury stories of behaviour brought into the realm of medicine with dire effects. Remember, for instance, the eugenic sterilisation of the feckless? Yet Mr Baron-Cohen’s agenda is liberal and his arguments at least merit inspection.
We humans do many stupid things. But sometimes it’s not our fault, it’s just how our brains naturally function.
Psychology Today and PsyBlog write about four things humans are inclined to do that cause us to make poor decisions.
1. We treat inferences as facts
2. Polarized Thinking
3. Intensional Orientation: Viewing people, objects, and events in terms of labels rather than how they actually exist or operate. The problem is that many people never get past the labels.
4. Extensional Orientation: Viewing people, objects, and events by their actual existence or operation and then (if then) through their labels.
Nastavak istraživanja heuristika neurološkim sredstvima…