Ancestral voices in the mammalian mind: philosophical implications of Jaak Panksepp's affective neuroscience.

The philosophical implications of Jaak Panksepp's affective neuroscience comprise a significant form of skepticism regarding our capacities as agents. This is clear in two ways. (1) Panksepp's methods of inquiry support a corollary to Dobzhansky's famous maxim concerning evolution: nothing in mammalian psychology makes sense except in light of ancient… CONTINUE READING