Neuroethics: Mapping the Field

Edited by Steven J. Marcus

Paperback • $10.95 • 367 pages
ISBN: 978-0972383004
Published September 2004

Neuroethics: Mapping the Field is the proceedings of the landmark conference organized in 2002 by Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco. In this first scholarly meeting ever held on the subject, some 100 pioneers and opinion leaders in neuroscience, journalism, law, philosophy, and other fields engaged in free-wheeling debate on where the discoveries of brain research could lead individuals and society. The proceedings are contained in this transcript, which as been edited for an absorbing "you are there" reading experience. The book is the indispensable primary resource for anyone interested in the ethical issues emerging from neuroscience.

Welcome: Zach W. Hall, Ph.D.

Introduction: William Safire

Session I: Brain Science and the Self

Brain Science and the Self, Albert R. Jonsen, Ph.D.          

The Neural Basis of Social Behavior: Ethical Implications, Antonio R Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.     

Neuroconscience:  Reflections on The Neural Basis of Morality, Patricia Smith Churchland, Ph.D.

Neuroethics: Reductionism, Emergence, and Decision-Making Capacities, Keneth F. Schaffner, M.D., Ph.D.

Gaging Ethics,  Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.

Session II: Brain Science and Social Policy

Introduction, Barbara A Koenig, Ph.D.

The Seven Sins of Memory: Implications for Science and Society, Daniel L. Schacter, Ph.D.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Legal Responsibility, William J. Winslade, Ph.D., J.D.

Neuroethics and ELSI:  Some Comparisons and Considerations

Luncheon Speech

Introduction, William Safire

No Brainer: Can We Cope with the Ethical Ramifications of New Knowledge of the Human Brain? Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

Session III : Ethics and the Practice of Brain Science

Introduction, Bernard Lo, M.D.

Ethical Issues in Pharmacology:  Research and Practic, Steven Hyman, M.D.                                                          

Ethical Challenges in Alzheimer’s Disease, Marilyn S. Albert, Ph.D.

How Far Will the Term Enhancement Get Us as We Grapple with New Ways to Shape Our Selves? Erik Parens, Ph.D.

Neurotechnology, Cyborgs, and the Sense of Self, Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.

Dinner Speech

Introduction, Judy Illes, Ph.D.

From the “Public Understanding of Science” to Scientists’ Understanding of the Public, Colin Blakemore, Ph.D., Sc.D., FMedSci, FRS

 Let’s Start With the Brain, Ron Kotulak

The Pope, The Rabbi, The Scientist and The Neuroethicist: Who Should You Believe and Why? Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D.

Session VMapping the Future of Neuroethics

Neuroethics: From Plato’s Republic to Today, Albert R. Jonsen, Ph.D.

Summary of the Conference, William Mobley, M.D., Ph.D.

The Future of Neuroethics, Zach W. Hall, Ph.D.

Appendix I

Appendix II


"Neuroethics: Mapping the Field is an attempt to bring together scientists, ethicists, humanists, and  those concerned with social policy to reflect on broad implications of current and ongoing research on the human brain.
    –Zach Hall,Senior Associate Dean for Research, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California