Who’s in Charge?

The prevailing orthodoxy in brain science is that since physical laws govern our brains, therefore behaviour and even conscious selves. Free will meaningless, goes the mantra; we live a ‘determined’ world. Not so, argues renowned neuroscientist Michael S. Gazzaniga as he explains how mind, ‘constrains’ just cars are constrained by traffic they create. Writing with what Steven Pinker has called ‘his trademark wit lack of pretension,’ ranges across neuroscience, psychology ethics to show incorrect it blame brains for behaviour. Even given latest insights into mechanisms explains, responsible agents who should be held accountable actions, because responsibility found people interact, not brains. An extraordinary book, combining light touch profound implications, Who’s Charge? lasting contribution from one leading thinkers time.

Few Americans are aware that their nation long ago created a separate government for education, supposedly to shield it from political interference. Some experts believe at the heart of todays school debates is push put larger government– presidents, governors, mayors– in drivers seat, or even dump democratic governance entirely. The results mixed. One clear result, however, vexing tangle authority and accountability. “Whos Charge Here?” untangles all.

As we watch wave after of volatility threaten the global economy, it is tempting to ask, who in charge here? The answer, journalist and economist Alan Beattie explains, all too often no one. crisis that began with mortgages American suburbia has now spread around world from banks businesses governments, threatening bring decades economic progress a juddering halt. Globalization’s strengths – its speed, breadth, complexity have also proved be weaknesses as traveled more rapidly widely globe than boom, faster governments usually been able react. United States, which led economy since second war, weakened by political division at home. Like ancient Rome, challenged an array upstarts emerging markets like China, India Brazil. But just tribes brought down Roman Empire, rising powers are strong enough block leadership yet not united provide direction their own. In Europe, country slid towards trouble, become evident eurozone’s slow unwieldy policy frameworks woefully unfit for dealing financial crises. writes: “It [is] watching gang irascible, quarrelsome architects trying redesign house middle raging fire.” With penetrating wit he known, explains how international institutions IMF can work they don’t. He calls out spectacular failures judgment leadership, well less frequent bright spots, handling crisis, showing scrambled respond ground started give way.