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Brain scans may be able to predict what you will do better than you can yourself . . . They found a way to interpret "real time" brain images to show whether people who viewed messages about using sunscreen would actually use sunscreen during the following week. The scans were more accurate than the volunteers were, Emily Falk and colleagues at the University of California Los Angeles reported in the Journal of Neuroscience. . . . About half the volunteers had correctly predicted whether they would use sunscreen. The research team analyzed and re-analyzed the MRI scans to see if they could find any brain activity that ...
It seems to me that Rawls' distinction between the rational and the reasonable might be useful in other contexts. The rational as means-ends oriented, he suggests, does not account for "moral sensibility" that is necessary for reasonableness. I wondered about this in consideration of Joan Copjec's description of perversion. Perversion is the attempt to comply absolutely with the rule of order. The pervert forgoes the partial satisfaction found in the objet a in order to pursue the unattainable das ding that is promised by perfectly fulfilling the precepts of social ... Read More
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