Neuro by Nikolas Rose

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The brain sciences are influencing our understanding of human behavior as never before, from neuropsychiatry and neuroeconomics to neurotheology and neuroaesthetics. Many now believe that the brain is what makes us human, and it seems that neuroscientists are poised to become the new experts in the management of human conduct. Neuro describes the key developments--theoretical, technological, economic, and biopolitical--that have enabled the neurosciences to gain such traction outside the laboratory. It explores the ways neurobiological conceptions of personhood are influencing everything from child rearing to criminal justice, and are transforming the ways we "know ourselves" as human beings. In this emerging neuro-ontology, we are not "determined" by our neurobiology: on the contrary, it appears that we can and should seek to improve ourselves by understanding and acting on our brains.

Neuro examines the implications of this emerging trend, weighing the promises against the perils, and evaluating some widely held concerns about a neurobiological "colonization" of the social and human sciences. Despite identifying many exaggerated claims and premature promises, Neuro argues that the openness provided by the new styles of thought taking shape in neuroscience, with its contemporary conceptions of the neuromolecular, plastic, and social brain, could make possible a new and productive engagement between the social and brain sciences.

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About Nikolas Rose

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Nikolas Rose is professor of sociology and head of the Department of Social Science, Health, and Medicine at King's College London. His books include "The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century" (Princeton). Joelle M. Abi-Rached is a PhD candidate in the history of science at Harvard University.
 
Published February 21, 2013 by Princeton University Press. 344 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Pacific standard magazine

With solid evidence to back up old policy prescriptions, the authors predict that neuroscience may become “an unlikely ally of progressive social thought.” In other words, if Becker is right that the concept of stress steers us away from social action, neuroscience over the long run could have th...

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