Go back to Part 1. In Part 1 of this series on the ethics of cognitive enhancement, I pointed out that it is not logical to deny people access to new methods of cognitive enhancement as they become available, because such methods would not be categorically different from methods of cognitive enhancement that are currently legal and […]Read more "The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 2"
“Smart drugs” like Adderall and Modafinil are just the beginning of the cognitive enhancement revolution. Though they were initially developed to alleviate the symptoms of cognitive disorders, these and similar drugs are increasingly being used by the cognitively healthy to boost memory, focus, and wakefulness over long periods of work. With the commercial use of […]Read more "The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 1"
Most of what we know about the brain comes from experiments on animals. Even when we do fMRI experiments on humans, we’re usually testing a hypothesis that is based on findings from animal experiments. Considering how important animal experimentation has been for the development of the field – and for the development of science and […]Read more "The Ethics of Animal Research"
It’s a common trope in science fiction. We make first contact with an alien species. Either we’re more powerful than they are or they’re more powerful than we are. Either intentionally or unintentionally, the stronger of the two wreaks havoc on the weaker. The trope is taken from pretty much every human encounter with a […]Read more "The Ethics of First Contact"