Take This Dr. Eagleman!

As some of you know, I've been studying theories of narrative influence on behavior. Dr. Eagleman wrote a great paper for The Atlantic recently saying, essentially, that we have no moral culpability because the brain acts as it will, out of our control. It's a fascinating idea but then if you have kids, you immediately realize they start out maybe with no control, but then you "shape" their behavior every which way you can so they can enjoy their lives. My entire view of morality changed once I had children. One of the most important areas that is coming back in fashion (and, oddly, +Leland LeCuyer and I have been discussing this very thing for months) is the importance of habit to a good life. A new book recommended by +Fareed Zakaria last Sunday is "Habit." I cannot wait to read it. (+David Eagleman 's new book is "Incognito" (http://www.amazon.com/Incognito-The-Secret-Lives-Brain/dp/0307377334) and Fareed's recommended book "Habit" by Duhigg is here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Habit-What-Business/dp/1400069289/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1335626437&sr=1-1)
Storytelling, the Brain, and Moral Development
Interesting study that examines how emotional responses to stories shape moral character by encouraging introspection. Empirical support for theories espoused by Aristotle, Dewey and our own +Meg Tufano.

Thanks, +Ashley Graetz.
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