Neuroethics

Grey Matters: Turning a Blind Eye: An Ethical Assessment

 

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
–Proverbs 24:12a

Podcast Episode: 
167

Grey Matters: The Origami Brain: From Neural Folds to Neuroethics

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The development of the nervous system begins with a tiny layer of cells, and as they grow, they undergo an elaborate sequence of foldings that culminate in the structure of the brain. The resemblance to origami is evident as early as the beginning of the third week of human life.

Podcast Episode: 
164

Grey Matters: Does Alien Hand Syndrome Refute Free Will?

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Neuroscience opens many fascinating windows into human nature. In the quest to understand human consciousness, volition, and intentionality, there is much to learn from studying even the brain’s flaws and failures.

Podcast Episode: 
154

The Slippery Slope of Normality: Lessons from Neuroethics (Part 2)

This lecture was originally delivered as a combined institute session during our 2009 preconference institutes. In this part of the lecture Dr. Cheshire explores the nature of slippery slope arguments, the meaning of normality, developments in cognitive enhancement, and arguments in favor of neuroenhancement.

Podcast Episode: 
147

The Slippery Slope of Normality: Lessons from Neuroethics (Part 1)

This lecture was originally delivered as a combined institute session during our 2009 preconference institutes. In this part of the lecture Dr. Cheshire explores the nature of slippery slope arguments, the meaning of normality, developments in cognitive enhancement, and arguments in favor of neuroenhancement.

Podcast Episode: 
146

Grey Matters: Just Enhancement

As the United States considers how best to restrain the growth of healthcare costs while ensuring quality and access, the potential economic impact of proposals for enhancement medicine should not be overlooked. This essay makes the case that the practice of neuroenhancement, if it were to become widespread, would infringe upon the ethical principle of distributive justice.

Podcast Episode: 
144

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