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.

Maybe there is free will after all

Michael Cook | 17 August 2012 | Comments
tags: free will, neuroethics, neuroscience
The shuttlecock of free will has been batted back into the determinist court with a startling reinterpretation of a classic experiment.

Neuroscience comes under fire from British philosopher

Michael Cook | 31 March 2012 | Comments
tags: neuroethics, neuroscience
Roger Scruton puts a blowtorch to neuroscience.

Is free will a myth or the foundation of law and order?

Michael Cook | 23 March 2012 | Comments
tags: free will, neuroscience
Some recent research in psychology suggests that when people disbelieve in free will, they are more inclined to act in antisocial ways. The Neuroskeptic blog has highlighted the work of a violent dissenter from this point of view.

Are brain scans telling the truth?

Michael Cook | 23 March 2012 | Comments
tags: fMRI, neuroscience
Functional magnetic resonance image scans have been used as lie detectors which have been used in murder trials as well as testing whether conservatives are psychopaths or liberals are more broad-minded. Yet recent studies suggest that the scans are only giving insight into a very small part of the brain.

UK bioethics group investigates new wave of brain technologies

Michael Cook | 02 March 2012 | Comments
tags: enhancement, neuroethics, neuroscience
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the UK launched a consultation this week on the ethics of new types of technologies and devices that ‘intervene’ in the brain, such as brain-computer interfaces, deep brain stimulation, and neural stem cell therapy.

DSM-5 criticised for over-medicalising “normal behaviour”

Jared Yee | 17 February 2012 | Comments
tags: neuroscience, psychiatry, US
Hundreds of thousands of people could be diagnosed as “mentally ill” because they display behaviours now considered normal, in a revised edition of the psychiatrists’ bible, some experts warn.

Neuroscience as the military’s new weapon

Michael Cook | 10 February 2012 | Comments
tags: military, neuroethics, neuroscience
Doctors are not the only professionals excited about rapid advances in neuroscience. The military and the police are following advances closely, creating the possibility of ethical conflicts, according to a report released this week by the UK’s Royal Society.

Bad news for conservatives!

Michael Cook | 25 November 2011 | Comments
tags: culture wars, neuroethics, neuroscience
People who have conservative moral judgements on a number of hot-button issues tend to have the “dark and socially destructive” personality traits of machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy, according to an article in the journal Neuroethics.

Harvard morality expert resigns

Michael Cook | 23 July 2011 | Comments
tags: Harvard, Marc Hauser, morality, neuroscience
Harvard neuroscientist Marc D. Hauser, a popular teacher and writer, will resign on August 1. Nearly a year ago an internal investigation found him guilty of eight instances of scientific misconduct and in April the psychology department voted not to allow him to teach when classes begin in the fall.

The bioethics of revenge

Michael Cook | 07 May 2011 | Comments
tags: bioethics, neuroscience, Osama bin Laden
Is there a bioethical angle to the killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday? There is not much scope for analysing targeted assassination in terms of the well-known principles of health care ethics...

Political views are reflected in brain structure

Michael Cook | 09 April 2011 | Comments
tags: neuroscience, politics
A number of studies have found that there is a genetic or psychological basis for political preferences. Now reseachers at University College London, writing in Current Biology, claim that these are also related to brain structures.

Child brain scans to identify future criminals

Jared Yee | 05 March 2011 | Comments
tags: brain scans, neuroscience
The seeds of criminal and antisocial behaviour can be detected in children as young as three by using tests and brain imaging, a leading criminologist has claimed.

“Brain cops” want to take over UK, magazine claims

Michael Cook | 06 November 2010 | Comments
tags: neuroscience
Spiked campaign

Will the new science of morality make us more moral? Perhaps not.

Michael Cook | 14 August 2010 | Comments
tags: bioethics, evolutionary psychology, Marc Hauser, morality, neuroscience
Marc D. Hauser allegedly involved in academic misconduct

Helping judges understand neuroscience

Michael Cook | 07 August 2010 | Comments
tags: free will, law, neuroscience
Useful manual for lawyers

The new morality of neuroscience

Michael Cook | 31 July 2010 | Comments
tags: Marc Hauser, morality, neuroscience
David Brooks is fascinated by a scientific explanation of good and bad

A natural born killer

Michael Cook | 16 July 2010 | Comments
tags: determinism, free will, neuroscience
What makes one?

More claims about non-existence of free will in major journals

Michael Cook | 09 July 2010 | Comments
tags: free will, neuroscience
We act without being aware of true reasons
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