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We'll be discussing "Ethical Brain" on during Q4, 2005. Come on by and get involved! We'll be asking the author to join us in the BookTalk chat room.


I had the chance to review the "Ethical Brain" and listen to the author on Charlie Rose on PBS. Part of the discussion was on his reference in the book to there being no valid argument to a defense of mental illness in criminal cases and that the brain cannot force us to do something we don't want to do, as he puts it, the body can be controlled but there is always a free mind.

I take strong issue with this, as, like others in his field, there is little or no experience with postictle repsonse and TLE psychosis. His industry does not wish to admit that the condition exists and recognize its potential impact.

I am a male, but I know that post-pardum depression exists! It is a real condition, however rare. It exists. Until one experiences a clinical psychosis like that, they cannot relate to it and are in error.

I would like to get that feedback in the authors hands in order to help him grow, learn and move forward with a better, realistic and unbiased understanding of what truly can take place in the brain and affect presumed ethics. Sometimes these things are not in our control.

Thank you.

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