Project Description

The term “dual use” has at least two axes of meaning: benevolent/malevolent and civilian/military. It is generally used to different possible applications of technology. In this lecture Prof. Jonathan Moreno will focus on the dual use history and potential of neuroscience. Examples will be drawn from psychopharmacology, neural imaging, brain stimulation, and cognitive psychology, among other fields. The ethical problems raised by these examples will include the modification of personal identity, challenges to privacy protections, and acceptable instances of performance enhancement.

Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D. is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor and Professor of Medical Ethics and of History and Sociology of Science at Penn. His current interests include the role of neuroscience in the military and ethical issues concerning human-animal neural stem cell chimera.


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Slides for this video can be found here.