Posts Tagged with Neuroethics

  1. Human Enhancement

    [ By on December 17, 2014 ]

    In this recent article in the Guardian newspaper, Kostas Kostarelos debates whether or not Human Enhancement should be restricted to certain people. Human Enhancement is the application of technology to overcome physical or mental restrictions of the body. Kostarelos touches on different types of developing technologies such as chips that can be implanted into the brain to increase memory and other implants that allow connectivity between brains. He also discusses the critical relationship between these new technologies aiding and enhancing human capability and at what point is human enhancement no longer moral. He finishes by stating that he believes it is ethical to allow human enhancement for disabled people and various other patient groups, but he asks, should we ...

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  2. Memory Removal & PTSD

    [ By on December 15, 2014 ]

    Last January, MIT announced a research study published in the journal Cell that reported a way to erase traumatic memories in lab mice using a drug that makes the brain “more plastic, more capable of forming very strong new memories that will override the old fearful memories.” This study was aimed at providing a solution for those who struggle with PTSD. On the one hand, changing the fearful memories of those suffering from PTSD could be very helpful. However, on the other hand, what if removing one’s fearful memories alters their identity? Is it right to cure PTSD when it could alter one’s true self? We need to think of how memory functions in general. Our lives are ...

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