Bioethics, neuroethics, neuroscience, philosophy

>I forgot (a note on memory and humanity)

>I know that you may not be able to tell, but I’m trying to make my blog posts shorter. So, I left some quotes out of this morning’s post on memory. However, this quote from the Time Magazine article, “The Ethics of Erasing a Bad Memory” by Dr. Scott Haig, on human-ness needs to be repeated:

Much of what we read about brain science in the media today would have us believe that we’re nothing more, really, than very fancy machines. And surely what we’re learning about the physical brain is exciting and powerful — but thinking honestly, it remains so limited. We can trace the brain pathway of a drug “high,” we can call it pleasure, but that tells us nothing about what so many people choose instead — deeper things that somehow beat out mere pleasure as the reasons for doing what we do. Those comforts — of ultimate meaning, virtue, peace and joy — have little to do with molecules.

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