Neuroethics

Facebook and the Fusiform Gyrus: A Neurologic Perspective on Social Online Networking for the Cultivation of Global Bioethics

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An understanding of the neurology of social behavior underlying shared ethical dialogue may contribute to the further development of online media useful in the cultivation of a robust global bioethics community that is appropriately sensitive to regional and universal moral concerns. Online discourse cannot, however, adequately take the place of meeting face-to-face and being present to others.

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130

Grey Matters: Accelerated Thought in the Fast Lane

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The quest for speed has increasingly driven the course of progress. The history of technology records remarkable innovations to advance the cause of speed in communication and travel in particular. Emerging neuropharmaceutical technologies now introduce the prospect of accelerating the speed of thought.

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122

Grey Matters: Till We Have Minds

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“Nothing is yet in its true form.”[1] C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

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117

How Much Brain Do I Need To Be Human?

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Some time ago on a hospital ethics committee consult, the patient was an anencephalic child, born in the hospital’s NICU. The physician had brought the case to the committee and held the view that no symptoms should be treated aggressively. One of the ICU nurses who was caring for this child was surprised that this case came to the ethics committee at all. In the course of the meeting on this case, she stated her view when she said, “She’s not a person; let her die.” Though the discussion did not go in the direction of organ donation prior to death, if the issue had been raised, this nurse would likely not have had a problem with that either.

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113

Will the Next Great Awakening Begin with Caffeine? Cognitive Enhancing Drugs & the Church (Part 1)

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This is the first part of a colloquium given at Trinity International University.

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108

Will the Next Great Awakening Begin with Caffeine? Cognitive Enhancing Drugs & the Church (Part 2)

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This is the second part of a colloquium given at Trinity International University. Part 1

 

Bibliography of Resources cited:

Addicott, M. A.; Yang, L. L.; Peiffer, A. M., et al. “The Effect of Daily Caffeine Use on Cerebral Blood Flow: How Much Caffeine Can We Tolerate?” Human Brain Mapping Feb 13, 2009.

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109

Grey Matters: The Synapse and Other Gaps

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Gaps are among the most meaningful of nonentities. Despite their emptiness, they do not reduce to nothingness, for they are defined by their relationship to something else. A gap, depending on the context and one’s viewpoint, might be regarded as a vacant breach or a bridgeable junction. Located just beyond the boundary of things tangible or discernible, gaps invite questions of possibility.

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103

Neuroscience in Perspective: An Introduction to Ethical Considerations

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When the UK Xenotransplantation Authority approached the possibility of using organs from animals to save human lives there were three kinds of questions. Is it safe? Will it work? Is it right? These seem highly relevant questions as we hear of the tremendous advances of neuroscience, which will transform our understanding of the human mind and our very humanity, our behavior and our health and well being.

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101

Grey Matters: From Biochemical Synapse to Bioethical Syntax

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The synapse is a specialized junction through which neurons—the brain’s fundamental cellular units—signal other cells. An examination of patterns of neural transmission at the synapse provides an interesting small-scale paradigm for considering principles of effective and ineffective communication among and within human communities. Following a general description of the synapse, this essay will draw parallels to larger realms of human ethical communication.

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92

In the Twilight of Aging, a Twinkle of Hope - Part 2

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The arrival of grey hairs can signify both the attainment of wisdom and the accumulation of age. In the words of Solomon of old, grey hair "is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life."(Proverbs 16:31, NIV) Grey hair is also a visible reminder of the uncertainty of maintaining mental faculties in old age. For many people, the prospect of deterioration in brain function is feared more than any other ailment of aging. Joints may give way and vision dim without eroding personal integrity. The brain, however, is essential to who we are. Its grey matter is the centerpiece of the living tapestry of personal identity.

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