You’ve heard of half-wits. How about 5%-wits?

Michael Cook | 01 August 2015 | Comments
tags: brains, neuroethics, neuroscience
How can people function normally with only a fraction of a normal brain?

‘I can see what you’re saying’

Xavier Symons | 27 June 2015 | Comments
tags: brain scans, neuroethics, neuroscience
Researchers in Germany and the US have managed to interpret the brain activity and reconstruct utterances of words and full sentences.

The Rachel Dolezal controversy

Xavier Symons | 20 June 2015 | Comments
tags: identity, neuroscience, racism
The US media has been in a frenzy over allegations that civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal is really ‘white’.

Companies fight for market space inside your head

Xavier Symons | 09 May 2015 | Comments
tags: brain scans, neuroethics, neuroscience, neurotechnology, US
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of brain-technology patents in the US.

Nita Farahany: Neuroscience and the law

Xavier Symons | 02 May 2015 | Comments
tags: determinism, interviews, law, neurolaw, neuroscience, US
Renown academic and presidential advisor Nita Farahany recently spoke with BioEdge about neuroscience and the law.

Was the Boston bomber too young to be responsible?

Xavier Symons | 12 April 2015 | Comments
tags: criminal responsibility, neuroethics, neuroscience, terrorism
Can a teenager be responsible for mass murder?

US bioethics commission releases report on neuroscience and law

Xavier Symons | 12 April 2015 | Comments
tags: neuroethics, neuroscience
What is the role of neuroscience in the courtroom?

Scientists one small step closer to memory alteration

Xavier Symons | 05 September 2014 | Comments
tags: memory, mental illness, neuroscience
Scientists from MIT say they have managed to manipulate ‘good’ and ‘bad’ memories in mice, in a study that may have significant impact on research into human memory alteration.

US bioethics commission calls for ethics education in neuroscience

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 | Comments
tags: neuroethics, neuroscience
Calling for the integration of ethics into neuroscience, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues this week released the first of two volumes on the ethics of brain research.

Transhumanism reaches Hollywood in new high budget film

Xavier Symons | 04 April 2014 | Comments
tags: films, Hollywood, neuroscience, transhumanism
Transhumanism has reached hollywood in a new high budget film called Transcendence.

Dissecting the Society for Mutual Autopsy

Vaughan Bell | 13 March 2014 | Comments
tags: autopsy, neuroscience, respect for dead
The Society of Mutual Autopsy was an organisation formed in the late 1800s to advance neuroscience by examining dead members’ brains and to promote atheism by breaking sacred taboos.

Patricia Churchland on Brains R Us

Michael Cook | 30 November 2013 | Comments
tags: neuroethics, neuroscience
Strict materialism is hardly a new idea but there are few scientists who are more daring about taking it to its logical conclusions than Patricia Churchland.

Judges should enrol in Neuroscience 101, says US bioethicist

Xavier Symons | 16 November 2013 | Comments
tags: law, neuroethics, neuroscience
The debate over neuroscience in the courtroom continues. The latest word the discussion comes from Nita Farahany - a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Further evidence that vegetative patients can engage with the outside world

Xavier Symons | 09 November 2013 | Comments
tags: disorders of consciousness, neuroscience, permanent vegetative state
New research from Cambridge University has confirmed that some patients in a vegetative state are aware of the external world.

Neuroscience in crisis

Michael Cook | 26 October 2013 | Comments
tags: neuroethics, neuroscience
The majority – perhaps the vast majority – of neuroscience findings are as spurious as brain waves in a dead fish

The coming battle over brain scans in the courtroom

Michael Cook | 21 September 2013 | Comments
tags: brain scans, neuroethics, neuroscience
The possibility of reading minds with brain scans is creating fierce controversy among legal scholars

Did Tamerlan Tsarnaev turn to terror because he was punch drunk?

Michael Cook | 27 April 2013 | Comments
tags: neuroethics, neuroscience
Here’s the bioethical angle on the Boston Marathon bombing

A bright future for neuroethics after Obama greenlights huge neuroscience project

Michael Cook | 23 February 2013 | Comments
tags: neuroethics, neuroscience
Neuroethics looks like the place to be for up-and-coming bioethicists after President Obama’s state of the union address. He specifically mentioned neuroscience as the Next Big Thing in American science

Landmark “vegetative state” paper challenged

Xavier Symons | 06 February 2013 | Comments
tags: consciousness, neuroscience, permanent vegetative state
US researchers have questioned the results of a landmark study in The Lancet from 2011 on awareness of “vegetative” patients.

Unlocking the vegetative state

Michael Cook | 16 November 2012 | Comments
tags: neuroscience, permanent vegetative state
A world first -- communicating with a patient in a permanent vegetative state.

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