Neuroenhancement: how mental training and meditation can promote epistemic virtue.

  • Barbro Fröding
  • Walter Osika

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Barbro Fröding, Walter Osika
    Pages 1-22
  3. Barbro Fröding, Walter Osika
    Pages 23-39
  4. Barbro Fröding, Walter Osika
    Pages 41-61
  5. Barbro Fröding, Walter Osika
    Pages 63-72
  6. Barbro Fröding, Walter Osika
    Pages 73-98
  7. Barbro Fröding, Walter Osika
    Pages 99-110

About this book

Introduction

This book explores how one can bring about changes in the brain through meditation, both through attention-focus training and through compassion training. Recent findings in the natural sciences have confirmed that it is possible for humans to achieve these structural and functional changes through various life-style practices. It is argued that meditation enables us to influence some aspects of our biological make-up and, for example, could boost our cognitive flexibility as well as our ability to act compassionate. Such changes are likely to facilitate the instilling of a number of epistemic virtues which have great bearing on our quality of life. This book offers the reader an accessible introduction to a set of neuro-enhancement methods, with a special focus on meditation techniques, and explores how such practices could contribute to make us better decision-makers and improve our moral virtues. The book is suitable for anyone looking for a text discussing the effects of neuro-enhancement from a secular ethics perspective.

Keywords

improved decision-making increased focus attention meditation meditation and neuroscience neuroscience and ethics rational decision-making

Authors and affiliations

  • Barbro Fröding
    • 1
  • Walter Osika
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and HistoryRoyal institute of Technology (KTH)StockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Neuroscience Center for Psychiatry ResearchKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23517-2
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-23516-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-23517-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-8101
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-811X
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