As we discover more and more about the brain, will neuroscientific “explanations” about moral behavior become “excuses”? How “free” are we, and how would we even know?
Once we have set down a certain path, human nature makes it increasingly difficult to reverse course.
We can’t predict in advance if we will succeed or fail, but we need both success and failure in order to draw lessons.
Passover reminds us that we are free, which means that we have the freedom to choose how we act. Yet those actions will ultimately define who we are.
Rabbis Josh Ratner and Fred Hyman share how their knowledge of psychology and cognitive neuroscience have informed their rabbinate.