Neuroenhancement: How mental training and meditation can promote epistemic virtue

Fröding, B. & Osika, W. (2015). Neuroenhancement: How mental training and meditation can promote epistemic virtue. Springer International Publishing. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-23517-2

- Discusses the potential, and the positive effects, of regular meditation both from the perspective of the individual and the broader society suggesting that it could help promote a more ethical social climate

- Offers a fresh take by connecting meditation to both improved cognitive flexibility and more responsible decision-making

- Takes a truly inter-disciplinary approach, which explores both the neurological and the ethical and philosophical dimensions of meditation

- Written from a secular ethics point of view, making it suitable for large group of readers, including both lay-people and academics from various disciplines

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.

Buy the book: Fröding, B. & Osika, W. (2015). Neuroenhancement: How mental training and meditation can promote epistemic virtue. Springer International Publishing. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-23517-2



(Something interesting I found)Posted:Sep 01 2015, 12:00 AM by brendah
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