Patricia Churchland on Brains R Us
Michael Cook | 30 November 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 | 15 November 2012 |
A world first -- communicating with a patient in a permanent vegetative state.
Maybe there is free will after all
Michael Cook | 17 August 2012 |
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 |
Roger Scruton puts a blowtorch to neuroscience.
Is free will a myth or the foundation of law and order?
Michael Cook | 23 March 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 | 09 February 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.