Moral Decision Making is Topic of Lecture Series at SCF Venice

(Bradenton, Fla., November 4, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a two-part lecture series, “The Moral Instinct: The Neurobiology Behind Moral Reasoning” Nov. 18 and “Free Will: Is it a Myth?” Nov. 25, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, Selby Room.

Sponsored by the Philosophy Club at SCF Venice, the lectures will be given at 12:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

Dr. Alan Grindal will look at the conscious and subconscious forces that shape humans’ decision-making.

“The assumption of free will has been the bedrock of human responsibility,” Grindal says. “If decisions are made and actions determined before our conscious awareness, are we responsible?  Should bad genes, bad parents or bad environment mitigate our obligations? In order to understand our duties as individuals as well as citizens we must first evaluate the biologic predispositions that make us human.”

Grindal is a neurological consultant for the Memory Disorder Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and clinical assistant professor at Florida State University. He earned his medical doctor degree from the University of Illinois and bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. He also has had a private practice in neurology in Sarasota since 1978.

For more information, contact Dr. Woody McCree, professor of art, design, humanities, at mccreej@scf.eduor call 941-408-1503. Maps and directions are online at

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