The Neuroscience of Fair Play:
Why We (Usually) Follow the Golden Rule
Lecture and book signing by author, Donald Pfaff, PhD.
When: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Where: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St., 40th Floor, New York, NY 10007
Several recent books have used theories from anthropology, psychology, and evolutionary biology to argue that are ethical or moral life evolved through natural selection. Now a distinguished neuroscientist takes that proposition a critical step further—arguing that our morality derives from basic brain signals.
Donald Pfaff, head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior at Rockefeller University, gives us the first book describing how ethics may be a hardwired function of the human brain. He solves the mystery of our universal ethical precepts, presenting a rock-solid hypothesis of why humans across time and geography have such similar notions of good and bad, right and wrong.
Reception and book signing to follow.
FOR MORE INFORMATION or to purchase tickets: www.nyas.org/pfaff
Please feel free to join my group, Science in the City, a division of The New York Academy of Sciences. We have an author series with upcoming authors including Donald Pfaff, Michio Kaku, Sidney Perkowitz, and David Edwards. I will continuously post new upcoming events there that you may be interested in!