Skip to comments.The End of Evil? Neuroscientists suggest there is no such thing. Are they right?
Posted on 10/07/2011 8:13:12 PM PDT by Jacob Kell
Is evil over? Has science finally driven a stake through its dark heart? Or at least emptied the word of useful meaning, reduced the notion of a numinous nonmaterial malevolent force to a glitch in a tangled cluster of neurons, the brain?
Yes, according to many neuroscientists, who are emerging as the new high priests of the secrets of the psyche, explainers of human behavior in general. A phenomenon attested to by a recent torrent of pop-sci brain books with titles like Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Not secret in most of these works is the disdain for metaphysical evil, which is regarded as an antiquated concept that's done more harm than good. They argue that the time has come to replace such metaphysical terms with physical explanationsmalfunctions or malformations in the brain.
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no. and it’s the oldest lie in the book.
In reality, evil is is still evil and is still present....regardless what it is called.
“there is no such thing as “free will” with which to decide to commit evil. (Like evil, free will is an antiquated concept for most.) Autonomous, conscious decision-making itself may well be an illusion. And thus intentional evil is impossible.”
This claim surfaces from time to time in various forms. It’s always self defeating. If there’s no free will, then the scientists making that claim were destined to make that claim, and there can be no truth value in their claim.
satan prefers to deceive some with this ruse...
Until he is chained ( the day is soon) he will spout this nonsense to the naive.
He’ll be loosed a little while after that ( a second purging), then we’re done with lucifer.
So WWII did not happen? Or do they just mean it was not a bad thing?
Just ask Hitler, he thought he was doing the German race a favor, no evil in that...
Pure moral nihilism. They believe there is no evil, no free will, and even consciousness is an illusion. And of course they eventually want to “take people off the streets” based on MRI’s. Typical left wing efforts to excuse all wrongdoing and take away personal freedom.
Haven’t they been saying this since the Enlightenment?
Evil has been with us since the beginning of time and is never going away.
Gore’s got a bunch of ‘scientists’ too who believe in global warming... Liberal Universities are full of liberals ...
Is it evil to want to control other people by telling them you know what is best for them? I know the answer to that question and I suspect these scientists do too.
Changing the definition of sanity does not cure insanity. Making everything a mental illness does not eliminate right from wrong, good from evil.
Yes, there will be an end to evil....these clowns will be surprised at how it turns out.
If they say no, then they can’t complain about religions either.
I have no doubt evil exists. I’ve dealt with evil people and with mentally ill people. Sometimes those conditions arrive together and sometimes they don’t.
This is another attempt by scientists to claim they are the solution to all our woes, and that they are the GOD we should worship.
The ‘mind’ is much more than just the brain. It is a part they cannot dissect, nor control. Yet, they ‘believe’ they can.
“Havent they been saying this since the Enlightenment?”
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn’t exist”
Clockwork Orange time...
IMHO, most evil people are desensitized into it. Whether from things done to them, or by conscious escalation of actions, they gradually move into the evil realm.
Interesting how the author in describing the argument being made by the neuroscientists as to why there is no such thing as good and evil couldn’t manage to avoid using terms like “innocent” and “doing ill” which of course have no meaning without reference to good and evil.
These arguments always fail when pressed to their logical conclusion.
Ask the scientists who claim there is no such thing as good or evil, only “degrees of empathy,” why empathy is a desirable thing.
When they say because empathy tends to promote and benefit life, they have revealed that they have implicitly made a judgment that life is good and non-life is not, which is a moral judgment.
Indeed, even the purported use of this scientific theory in the example given with reference to Justice Breyer in which he cited neuroscience research for the proposition that video games reinforce neural pathways for violence, begs the question, why is violence undesirable if there is no such thing as good and evil?
It is because most liberals do not believe in God.
In a world without evil, in their view, God is not necessary. So that is their utopia. They try to explain away evil as your past determining who you will be in the future and the choices you will make.
In their view, if you fix your past so there are no "root causes" for evil, then...you won't be evil.
Whittaker Chambers said it best in his foreword to his seminal book Witness, in his letter to his children:
"It is not new. It is, in fact, man's second oldest faith. Its promise was whispered in the first days of The Creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: "ye shall be as gods." It is the great alternative faith of mankind. Like all great faiths, its force derives from a simple vision. Other ages have had great visions. They have always been different versions of the same vision: the vision of God and man's relationship to God. The Communist vision is the vision of Man without God."
It is a brilliant statement of the vision of Communists and Liberals.
We think alike. See my post at #26.
Indeed... “I hate therefore evil does not exist and the keys can be mine”
This is not neuroscience but a scheme for psychology pimps.
The given is us and we cannot claim to know it, lest we err. Thus science is always to be used carefuly. Inherent good vs. evil is thus a good question.
But whether it is for good or evil, a dead body to be manipulated by science is still dead. The rebuke becomes compounded in doubles or exponentials.
Not too far away from where I live a father intentionally dropped his infant girl twice, killing her, because she wouldn’t stop crying.
Is there evil in this world?
It worked for homosexuality -- so why not?
The greatest success that Satan ever achieves is when people, especially influential people, deny his existence. Satan exists, evil exists.
Oh, so they are the *experts* now, is it? G-d scoffs at their vanity, and hold them in derision...
They argue that the time has come to replace such metaphysical terms with physical explanationsmalfunctions or malformations in the brain.
Now, where have I heard *this* one before? Oh, yes, now I recall... A 'science' they used to call phrenology, wasn't it?
I had this nasty little leftist psychology teacher in college that repeatedly preached there was no such thing as free will.
He started the class by giving the students 2 choices on how we would be graded and then we had a vote. He dramatically revealed that we had chosen the syllabus that he had already typed out, proving our lack of free will.
Sure! If you give paying students a really stupid option and a normal one, they will choose the one that isn't a total waste of time and money. Dumbest class ever.
I told everyone he lived with his mom and I saw him crying in his office.
Free will made me do it.
Who the hell came up with this? The Son of Sam?
Whatever its merits, or whatever they think about it, neuroscience shmience, a couple terms amongs others may be mentioned:
1. Power button or drunk
There, the existentialism, the playing dead, the indeterminist “darwinism”, is the evil.
They want their cake and the money that pays for said cake. Liberals do not want violence and evil turned on them, but when it is them doing it, we must not see it as so. It’s a self serving “art” of pimping, a scheme hoping others will play dead while they get molested. These folkes are necrophiliacs and tell us there is no such “evil” thing.
They play gods of the dead, but they are irrelevant to life as a passing impotent black cloud of snake poison that only affects those meant to be affected in “belief” of it.
However the bureaucrate loves the word science, the salient “order excuse” from which Nazis or communists never “deviated” from, thus condemning billions to death in the name of words like peace and love.
For atheist materialist secularists, of course they’d say this.
All said to try to escape the wages of sin!!
The brain is only a computer that we use to process incoming data and outgoing actions.
Talk about alchemy: Science is managing more and more to make L Ron Hubbard seem mainstream.
Actually, this has a biblical basis. According to Jesus, the heart of man is evil. There really is no difference between a mass murder and a man so angry he wants to scream at you according to Jesus.
However, their conclusions are wrong. It is not that there is no such thing as evil, there is no such thing as a good man. Only God is good.
It's a form of projection, casting off uncomfortable thoughts. Being caught up in a cycle of vanity, envy, and hate, leftists are evil incarnate. If evil can be imagined away the heavy load of personal responsibility is off their shoulders.
The operation of the human brain involves much more than the electron interaction of chemistry. Quantum entanglement and other supernatural quantum behaviors are thought to be involved in human consciousness. Subatomic particles oscillate between our universe and the spooky unknown. Where the go when they leave our universe or what they do there we have no clue.
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