In advance of Friday’s seminar on science-fiction and utopianism, I thought it would be a good idea to research some of the recent developments in neuroscience. In essence, our understanding of human behaviour has, and will continue to be, altered as we appreciate just how our brain works. This could have some implications for utopianism - could we create a utopian society if we found a means to alter brain and thus human behaviour?
For a good introduction see the supplement in the latest edition of Prospect magazine entitled ‘The Future of the Brain’. There’s also a good article in the October 2009 edition of Prospect, by Mathew Taylor, Chief Executive of the R.S.A, on neuroscience and politics.
For a slightly dated example, you could also read Francis Fukuyama's Our Post Human Future, in which he argues that his 'End of History' thesis is undermined by developments in bio-technologies.