“Transcript of Kenan Malik’s Analysis Programme on Neuroscience, Social Policy and the Law”


KENAN MALIK ” The philosophers Julian Savulescu and Ray Tallis. Savulescu, a bioethicist from Oxford, has a breathless optimism about the potential of neuroscience to make us better humans. Tallis, once a practicing doctor, fears that the glamour of brain science is seducing us for all the wrong reasons. This is no abstract debate. Politicians, policy makers, lawyers – all are turning to neuroscience to help answer fundamental questions about human nature and to shape everything from social policy to courtroom verdicts. So who’s right? Can a better understanding of our brains help us create better societies and live better lives? Or is it a dangerous fad – and one, perhaps, with dark ethical consequences?”

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