This is a continuation of my exegisis on the book by Dalrymple Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality.
I should have emphasized more in the first installment that Dalrymple’s thesis is that modern psych theory
provides great opportunities to avoid culpability.
For the purposes of this section of the review, Dalrymple agrees with me that neuroscience is a silly devotion to imaging, when the brain is infinitely more complex and difficult to understand than a 3 D color PET scan or or a real time functional MRI or a CAT scan that shows differnces of brain anatomy for people with various problems.
Dalrymple also makes mincemeat of the claims that consciousness is not so difficult to explain and is not such a special deal–we are all just big biological computers.
I am with Dalrymple–consciousness is not comprehensible at present, Neuroscience is a limited inquiry providing limited insight, and the brain be a very cool and complex thing indeed.
The reason for Dalrymple’s book was not to bang down on the various disciplines that are attempting to understand the brain and the psyche. HIS POINT WAS THAT THE VARIOUS DISCIPLINES PROVIDE CONVENIENT WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO EXCUSE THEIR IMMORAL BEHAVIOR. WE ARE NOT MACHINES–WE ARE SELF AWARE AND SELF CONTROLLING CONSCIOUS BEINGS–WE CANNOT LET THE PSYCH PEOPLE MAKE PRETEND WE ARE VICTIMS OR RESULTS AND NOT RESPONSIBLE, THINKING, CHOOSING THINGS, WHO MUST BE HELD RESPONSIBLE WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS.