Category Archives: Ethics

Social Neuroscience Report on Dana Foundation Site

Dana Organization report by By John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D. and Stephanie Ortigue, Ph.D. titled: Social Neuroscience: How a Multidisciplinary Field Is Uncovering the Biology of Human Interaction

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Penn Hosts Neuroscience Bootcamp July 30 to August 8th

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Steve Pinker Interview Decline of Violence

Gareth Cook interviews neuroscientist Steve Pinker in the Scientific American article History and the Decline of Human Violence

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The End of Evil?

Reporter Ron Rosenbaum of Slate Magazine/Spectator Section writes: “Is evil over? Has science finally driven a stake through its dark heart? Or at least emptied the word of useful meaning, reduced the notion of a numinous nonmaterial malevolent force to … Continue reading

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The Science Network Presents Braintrust: A public conversation about Morality and the Brain

This conversation was recorded at Havemeyer Hall, Columbia University March 30, 2011 and presented by NeuWrite, with generous support from The Dana Foundation, Society for Neuroscience, and Columbia University.

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Mary Gordon to speak at TEDXGoldenGateED June 11

Roots of Empathy founder and REA Conference speaker Mary Gordon will present June 11 in San Francisco at the TEDxGoldenGateED. The conference is organized around the theme Compassion and Education and includes a diverse field of speakers about what science … Continue reading

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Does the Mind Have a Future?

Baroness Susan Greenfield, Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, provides an intriguing webcast addressing the future of the mind. Biotechnology is blurring the distinction between one generation and another, nanotechnology is blurring the distinction of the body … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Neuroenhancement

Two resources that discuss contemporary issues around cognitive neuroenchancement (the use of drugs to enhance rather than heal human behavior). Martha Farah, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences, with the University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroscience and Society, offers … Continue reading

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Scientific American: How “Inadmissible” Brain Scans Can Still Influence the Courts

Neuroscience can shape ethical and legal discourse, changing the way religious educators engage moral and ethical concerns. Michael Gazzaniga’s Scientific American article details how neurological evidence can affect the outcome of criminal cases even if juries never hear it.

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