Today, there is a tendency to reduce all aspects of human nature to the inner workings of our brains. Neuroscience, once a purely medical discipline, has enjoyed unprecedented influence on the humanities and policymaking in recent years. Neuroscience is frequently brought in to explain our appreciation of the arts or to inform how best to organise society. Professor Raymond Tallis, a fierce critic of this trend and author of the book Aping Mankind - Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity, argues that not only is this line of thinking flawed, but ultimately it denigrates the concept that humans are autonomous and unique beings. I spoke to Professor Tallis at the Battle of Ideas festival in London last weekend, where he was speaking on a panel about the age of criminal responsibility.
‘Neuromania stops us from thinking’
Podcast: Professor Raymond Tallis explains why neuroscience can't tell us what it means to be human.
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