A bunch of cunts, mostly in the Australian sense. Except that one guy.

ventromedial prefrontal cortex damage causes utilitarianism.

>> Some of the study's authors think this finding vindicates emotions. Since people with VMPC damage are "abnormally 'utilitarian,' " they argue, emotions are necessary to produce "normal judgments of right and wrong." In fact, the authors add, "By showing that humans are neurologically unfit for strict utilitarian thinking, the study suggests that neuroscience may be able to test different philosophies for compatibility with human nature."

>> We won't even need drugs. Last year, psychologists proved they could boost people's willingness to kill in a utilitarian dilemma just by showing them a five-minute clip from Saturday Night Live.

>> Today, the Neurotechnology Industry Organization is lobbying for a federal initiative to study the ethics as well as the mechanics of brain science. "Right now, we're discovering the seat of morality," warns NIO President Zack Lynch. "In 10 to 15 years, we'll have the technologies to manipulate it."

http://www.slate.com/id/2162998/nav/tap2/

Those some crazy calculations. I wonder if they're right.
Permalink strawberry snowflake 
April 3rd, 2007 4:19pm
"five-minute clip from Saturday Night Live."

I wanna see that clip.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
April 3rd, 2007 4:30pm
"...the study suggests that neuroscience may be able to test different philosophies for compatibility with human nature."

That's some interesting wording ... true and profound!
Permalink Send private email Rick Zeng/Tseng 
April 3rd, 2007 4:32pm
Hmm.  " A portion of this article appears in the Sunday Washington Post" -- which appeared -- April First!

A connection?  I'm unsure.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 3rd, 2007 4:32pm
The utilitarian dilemma is like that thing with the train: you will kill one person by flipping the switch of the tracks, but if you do nothing five people will die.

VMPC damaged folks will flip the switch because saving +4 people is better than feeling responsible for the death of one.

(Something about free will gratuitously included here.)
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
April 3rd, 2007 4:34pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_New_World

It's only a matter of time before we have hypnopaedic education, either via pillow speakers: "I don't want to be an Alpha, oh no.  They're awfully clever, but work really hard" or by chemical means.
Permalink xampl 
April 3rd, 2007 4:35pm
"VMPC damaged folks will flip the switch because saving +4 people is better than feeling responsible for the death of one."

I think normal people believe that it is a morally acceptable action but wouldn't do it themselves.

It's from an article arguing for moral judgement are universal, which I cannot locate now.
Permalink Send private email Rick Zeng/Tseng 
April 3rd, 2007 4:45pm

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