Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?


This event included a dinner (free for Caltech), a talk by a distinguished scholar, and a conversation about neurobiological determinism. 

DATE: May 20th, 2017

LOCATION: The Winnett Student Center

Video of the talk



This event will begin with dinner and some time to meet others interested in the topic. Then our conversation will be kicked off with a talk by our distinguished speaker and a short Q&A. And finally we will gather in groups of 8-10 to share our perspectives on the talk and the issue.


"Warren S. Brown is director of the Lee Edward Travis Research Institute at the Fuller Theological Seminary and Professor of Psychology in the Graduate School of Psychology. He has been a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute since 1982. Dr. Brown received his doctorate in Experimental Physiological Psychology from the University of Southern California. Prior to Fuller, Brown spent 11 years as a research scientist at the UCLA Brain Research Institute and was a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion. 

Dr. Brown is involved in experimental neuropsychological research related to functions of the corpus callosum of the brain and its relationship to higher cognitive processes in humans. In particular, he has been studying the implications of agenesis of the corpus callosum (i.e., congenital absence of the corpus callosum, the pathway that connects the right and left hemispheres). Brown has been interested in the implications of this disorder for mental abilities and social awareness. Over the last 15 years his lab has conducted the largest study accomplished thus far (both in number of subjects and depth of testing) on cognitive and social disabilities of individuals with agenesis of the corpus callosum. He has authored or coauthored over 75 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; 15 chapters in edited scholarly books; and over 120 presentations at scientific meetings."

*Source: Wikipedia –

"Brown has also written and lectured on the integration of neuroscience and Christian faith, and was principal editor and contributor to Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature (1998). He was also editor and contributor to Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science and Society (2000), and wrote (with Nancey Murphy) Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (2007).He is also coauthor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities of Human Nature (with Malcolm Jeeves, 2009) and The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church (with Brad Strawn, 2012)."

*Source: Fuller –

He is currently working on a Templeton funded project with Caltech professor, Steven R. Quartz, called Love, Compassion, and Care: Virtue Science and Exemplarity in Real Life and in the Laboratory.