October 01, 2011

That stubborn concept

I always twitch a little when I agree with Ron Rosenbaum, so it feels odd to acknowledge I'm mostly on board here.

But there are some whoppers:
Marks' paper warns of "aggressive marketing" of fMRI scans by intelligence-contractor types as "lie detector" substitutes that could be used to select candidates for "enhanced interrogation" if their fMRI indicates potential deception under ordinary interrogation.
And he offered what I thought was one of the wisest responses to the debate over the existence of evil (and thus free will):
What he suggested is that we ought to act as if we had free will to choose good or evil.
As the kids say nowadays...


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