"A book that’s part science and part philosophy, making
a convincing plea for an ethical code informed by scientific
"The Ethical Brain delivers its message with... wit,
and there is much to learn from its discourses on such topics as increased
longevity and how aging works in the brain, the prospects for enhancing natural
intelligence through genetics or drugs, and the reliability of lie detectors
and other ''mind-reading'' devices."
–Lynn Yarris, Mercury News
“If it is the case... that all of our thoughts, feelings,
and actions are reducible to the level of brain physiology and biochemistry,
what becomes of ethics? This is the central question that Michael Gazzaniga
addresses in this readable, well-informed, and provocative book."
–Stephan L. Chorover, The Lancet
"Interesting and enjoyable . . . the strength of the
book is the author''s perspective as a neuroscientist, which will introduce the
reader to complex aspects of neuroscience in relation to behavior in society...
The problems highlighted and illuminated by this highly readable book are worth
–Richard Camicioli, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association
"Michael Gazzaniga, a leading neuroscientist and member
of President Bush''s bioethics council, takes readers on a tour of neuroethics,
a moral minefield created by our exploding understanding of the brain.
Gazzaniga eschews easy answers in exploring the potential and limits of
"A lively and generally accessible book... The
strengths of the book are the gems about neuroscience research and research in
general, that often go unstated and unrecognized in tehe rush to apply
scientific findings to numerous social problems... Especially valuable are
points Gazzaniga raises that are well developed and on target in considering
the implications of neuroscience for the criminal justice system...
–Stephanie J. Bird, New England Journal of Medicine