Neuroethics

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

 

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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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80

In the Twilight of Aging, a Twinkle of Hope - Part 1

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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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79

Grey Matters: Can Grey Voxels Resolve Neuroethical Dilemmas? Part II

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Advances in noninvasive medical imaging have opened new windows into the living brain.  Like observatories pointed inward, modern brain scanners routinely capture breathtaking images of the gyral swirls and neuronal clusters that underlie human cerebral nature.  These brain portraits are composed of three-dimensional voxels, or volume picture elements, digitally displayed in shades of grey.

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Grey Matters: Can Grey Voxels Resolve Neuroethical Dilemmas? Part I

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Part II

Advances in noninvasive medical imaging have opened new windows into the living brain.  Like observatories pointed inward, modern brain scanners routinely capture breathtaking images of the gyral swirls and neuronal clusters that underlie human cerebral nature.  These brain portraits are composed of three-dimensional voxels, or volume picture elements, digitally displayed in shades of grey.

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73

The Wisdom of the Synapse: From Patterns of Neuronal Transmission to Principles of Human Communication

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The synapse refers to the intercellular junction where chemical information is transmitted fro one neuron to another. This paper will examine the natural patterns of information flow at the synapse as a small scale paradigm for considering both constructive and pathological forms of communication among human communities.

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66

Materias grises: Cuando la elocuencia es incoherente

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Los franceses tienen una expresión -je ne sais quois- que se refiere a una cualidad atractiva indescriptible. Existe, por ejemplo, además de la meta de lograr aptitud en los procedimientos, un cierto algo que atrae a las personas a campos como la bioética. Algunas de las razones de la fascinación que uno tiene con una disciplina encuentran expresión en términos racionales, mientras que otras podrían estar más allá de la comprensión del lenguaje explícito. Como la atmósfera evocada por una melodía vagamente conocida de origen olvidado, es el "no sé qué" que subyace la característica inexpresable de las aspiraciones personales de una persona.

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