If you click on the link above you will go to a very interesting article which, in addition to discussing some moral/ethical scenarios, presents evidence of how brain functionality and moral precepts may be related. It shows how a Utilitarian is more dispassionate than say a Kantian. If we reach a point in our research where we can map the brain areas to emotions and moral views what will we do with this information? Will this negate the idea of free will and leave us with a bleak determinism?
Personally, I like the mystical view that we don't stop at our skins and are connected to everything else in the universe. And of course so is everything else so that we are all one flowing, unfolding thing. If one adopts this premise then the question of free will vs. determinism is not even a valid question anymore because that question only makes sense if everything is separate and has a separate will. Of course we think therefore we think we are separate and this leads us to questions like: do we have free will? Makes me think we shouldn't be spending quite so much time thinking so much and instead emulate the great god Nike who spake thus: "Just do it."
More importantly will this convoluted and rambling post get me kicked out of this blog?