Human Interest

The Ethical Brain

Michael Gazzaniga

About the Program

Michael Gazzaniga discusses his book, "The Ethical Brain," with novelist Tom Wolfe. Tom Wolfe made references to Michael Gazzaniga and Gazzaniga's previous book, "The Social Brain," in his novel "I am Charlotte Simmons." The two men talk about the ethical implications of stem cell research, early term abortion, and the removal of life support for brain-dead patients. Prof. Gazzaniga also gives an overview of his research on the parts of the brain that, he says, determine our ethical decisions. The talk was held at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City. Includes Q&A.

About the Authors

Michael Gazzaniga

Michael Gazzaniga, director of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth and president-elect of the American Psychological Society, has served on President's Council on Bioethics since 2001. He is the author of several books, including "The Social Brain," "Mind Matters" and "Nature's Mind."
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Program Information

Past Airings

  • Sunday, July 31st at 1am (ET)
  • Sunday, July 10th at 11:03am (ET)
  • Saturday, July 9th at 8pm (ET)
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