This is an intellectually gripping exploration of the mystery of free will and moral responsibility - and the questions posed by continuing scientific advances. As scientists continue to explore how the brain works, using ever more sophisticated technology, it seems likely that new findings will radically alter the traditional understanding of human nature. One aspect of human nature that is already being questioned by recent developments in neuroscience is free will. Do our decisions arise from purely mechanistic processes? Is our feeling of self-control merely an illusion created by our brains? If so, what will become of free will and moral responsibility? These thorny questions and many more are examined with clarity and insight in this riveting exploration of neuroscience's potential impact on moral responsibility. Using illustrative examples from philosophy, mythology, history, and criminology, and with thorough discussions of actual scientific experiments, "My Brain Made Me Do It" explores the threat of neuroscience to moral responsibility as it attempts to answer the question: Are we truly in control of our actions?
Eliezer Sternberg is a graduate of Brandeis University, Boston, where he studied neuroscience and philosophy.